Most women’s health issues are surrounded by the blessing of being who we are, women!  It is the simple fact that our reproductive systems bring forth new nations; inhabiting the earth astoundingly with doctors, lawyers and visionaries. Ovarian cysts are one topic that has been long talked about, yet unless you or someone close to you has had this experience, you may not fully understand what they are.  Well, today we’re going to get a full understanding and awareness.  Sometimes our loving physicians tend to speak to us in their medical school lingo and fail to break things down to us in our language.

Ovarian cysts are closed, sac-like structures within an ovary that contain a liquid, gaseous, or semisolid substance, which can form for numerous reasons.  The most common type is a follicular cyst, which results from the growth of a follicle.  A follicle is the normal fluid-filled sac that contains an egg. Follicular cysts form when the follicle grows larger than normal during the menstrual cycle and does not open to release the egg.  Usually, follicular cysts resolve spontaneously over the course of days to months. Cysts can contain blood (hemorrhagic cysts) from injury or leakage of tiny blood vessels into the egg sac.  Both benign and malignant tumors of the ovary may also contain cysts.  Furthermore, the condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by the presence of multiple cysts within both ovaries.  PCOS is associated with a number of hormonal problems and is the most common cause of infertility in women.

Ovarian cysts usually do not have symptoms.  Women don’t often ever know they have one unless the cysts rupture.  However, here are some symptoms that have been experienced by those with cysts; pelvic pain, irregular periods, pain during sex, nausea/vomiting, pain while urinating, pain during a bowel movement, infertility and weight gain.  Most ovarian cysts will go away without treatment, but medicines are used to assist to alleviate the pain.  If the cysts are causing complications, they can be surgically removed.

Okay ladies, now we have a greater understanding of ovarian cysts.  You are now empowered to recognize, comprehend and even help another sister who may have this condition.  For overall health, drink water, take your vitamins, increase your fruits and vegetables, and get plenty of exercise and sleep.  We have to keep ourselves fit!  For more information on ovarian cysts visit your personal physician, local health department or check out one of the links below.  Remember; stay prayerful, powerful and productive.


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