How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements…

How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements…

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled growths in a woman’s ovaries. The development of an ovarian cyst/s may happen in just one or both of the ovaries. Usually ovarian cysts are harmless and will go away on their own, but sometimes ovarian cysts can become so large that they rupture, or cause damage to the ovary. Very large ovarian cysts can cause displacement of the reproductive organs. Damage from a ruptured ovarian cyst may cause scar tissue build-up, and/or the formation of adhesions, attaching the ovary to other parts of the internal body.

Ovarian cysts are most common in women of childbearing years, but can rarely develop in postmenopausal women. A woman’s ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond. It is amazing that something so small and delicate can hold thousands of eggs at birth. It is also quite amazing that something so small can develop a cyst. Thankfully, there are natural remedies that can help the body to rid itself of the cysts naturally, without surgery.

Types of Ovarian Cysts

Functional Ovarian Cysts
A woman’s ovaries contain thousands of follicles that house immature eggs (ovum). During the menstrual cycle each month, as ovulation nears, a select number of follicles are signaled to grow (mature) for ovulation. An ovarian cyst that forms due to a malfunction in follicle maturation is known as a functional cyst. There are two types of functional cysts:

    Follicular cyst: This happens when the follicle fails to rupture and release the egg at ovulation, instead it continues to grow, forming a cyst.

    Corpus Luteum cyst: After ovulation, once the egg is released, the follicle changes to what is called the corpus luteum. The development of a corpus luteum cyst happens when the opening in the follicle where the egg was released seals off and then causes the corpus luteum to accumulate fluid and grow into a cyst.

Other Types of Ovarian Cysts
There are other types of cysts that form on the ovaries, but they are not related to the menstrual cycle.

    Dermoid cyst: These cysts are considered complex and develop from cells that produce human eggs. Because of this, these types of cyst may contain hair, teeth, or skin. They are rarely cancerous.

    Cystadenomas: This type of cyst develops from ovarian tissue and is filled with liquid or mucous.

    Endometriomas: This type of cyst forms when displaced endometrial cells attach to the ovary and form a growth (endometriosis). This type of ovarian cyst is commonly called a chocolate cyst.

The above 3 types of ovarian cysts may cause damage to the ovary, including twisting, scar tissue and adhesion formation. Both Dermoid and Cystadenomas may cause the ovary to become very large and displaced. These types of cysts are considered more complex and usually do not respond well to natural therapies. It is best to work with your doctor regarding these types of cysts.

    Polycystic ovaries: A polycystic ovary develops many small cysts in a row, on the surface of the ovary, which looks like a strand of pearls. Polycystic ovaries are associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In the case of polycystic ovaries, the ovaries may become enlarged, typically twice the size of normal ovaries. PCOS is fast becoming a leading endocrine disorder among women. Not all women diagnosed with PCOS have ovaries that have these types of cysts.

    For more information on PCOS click here…

What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Early menstruation (11 years or younger)
  • BMI above 30
  • Infertility treatment with gonadotropins has been found to cause multiple large ovarian cysts in some women
  • Use of Clomiphene (Clomid, Serophene) has been shown to increase the risk for development of Corpus Luteum cysts
  • Use of Tamoxifen for breast cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Most women that have ovarian cysts don’t even know; typically there are no signs or symptoms. Most ovarian cysts are discovered during a routine physical exam. The larger a cyst is the more likely it is to cause symptoms. Symptoms may be:

  • Pelvic pain, usually on the side where the cyst is present. Pain may be sharp, sudden or come and go throughout the cycle
  • Irregular menstrual cycles.
  • Anovulatory cycles may be a sign of a follicular cyst, charting your cycle can help you to determine if you are having anovulatory cycles
  • Pelvic pain after intercourse or strenuous exercise
  • Nausea and vomiting, this usually happens after a cyst ruptures
  • Vaginal pain with spotty mid-cycle bleeding
  • Pressure and/or abdominal bloating, may be noticeable on one side or the other
  • Pain or pressure in the abdomen when urinating or having a bowel movement
  • Infertility

Note: See a doctor immediately if you have excruciating pain, nausea, vomiting and/or bleeding from the vagina during any point in your cycle.

How are Ovarian Cysts Diagnosed?

If you suspect you have an ovarian cyst your doctor can help direct you to the best type of diagnostic testing for your needs. Here are some tests your doctor may perform:

  • Endovaginal Ultrasound is a vaginal ultrasound probe inserted into the vagina. This type of ultrasound has been found to produce a better image of ovarian cysts than external ultrasound through the abdominal wall.
  • Laparoscopic surgery may be performed to determine the type of cyst and to take a biopsy.
  • CT or MRI may be used if there is further concern.
  • Serum CA-125 assay is a blood test to determine if the cyst is cancerous. This test is not always accurate because elevated levels of CA-125 may also signal the presence of uterine fibroids, adenomyosis or endometriosis.

Medical Options for Ovarian Cyst Treatment

The number one medical treatment for functional ovarian cysts is to prescribe birth control pills. This prevents ovulation, therefore the formation of functional ovarian cysts cannot happen. Use of the birth control pill presents a problem though, one, it prevents pregnancy, and two, it may cause long-term hormonal imbalance, and three, it does not solve the root of the problem.

If an ovarian cyst becomes too large, is considered to be at a higher risk for rupture, is a complex cyst, has twisted or has become attached to other parts of the internal body, a doctor may choose to remove it surgically. Your doctor will be able to help you to determine your best options.

How Natural Therapies May Help with Ovarian Cysts

There are natural options that are very effective for managing functional ovarian cysts. We like to approach it at two different levels – clearing out and prevention. In this guide you will learn how to clear out excess estrogens and cysts while working to prevent future ones from being created. This therapy usually has results in 3 months, but should only be done prior to trying to conceive.

The Benefits of Natural Therapies for Ovarian Cysts:

  • Reduces excess estrogens
  • Promotes hormonal balance
  • Reduces cyst size and growth
  • Least invasive
  • Very effective
  • No side effects

How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally…

Step One: Reduce Estrogen

Excess estrogen is one of the most common types of hormonal imbalance which can cause the disruption of ovulation. One of the best ways to rid the body of excess estrogens is to stop exposing yourself to xenohormones and to start taking a supplement called DIM (diindolylmethane).

Avoid exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens

  • Stop eating soy foods
  • Eat only organic meats and dairy
  • Do not microwave foods in plastic
  • Stop drinking water from plastic bottles
  • Avoid mineral oil and parabens in skin care products
  • Use natural detergents

Supplement with DIM
DIM helps to clear the body of these excess estrogens, aiding in hormonal balance and reducing the promotion of ovarian cyst growth. DIM should be taken daily for at least three months along with lifestyle changes which include avoiding xenoestrogens found in products, foods and the environment.

Step Two: Increase Progesterone and Balance Hormones

Natural Progesterone
When there is excess estrogen in the body, there is usually also a progesterone deficiency. Balancing your estrogen and progesterone levels by using natural progesterone cream will help reduce the ovarian cysts and the chance of them occurring in the future. Use of natural progesterone cream helps to increase progesterone levels.

Dr. John Lee believed natural progesterone to be one of the best treatments for ovarian cysts. One of the ways he used natural progesterone to eliminate ovarian cysts was by having his patients apply natural progesterone from days 10-26 of the cycle. This “tricks” the body into thinking it is pregnant which suppresses ovulation. If ovulation doesn’t occur, functional ovarian cysts cannot form.

Note: This is a short term treatment that is best done in conjunction with the other supportive supplements. The above natural progesterone protocol is intended to help the body eliminate the ovarian cysts and prevent the formation of new ones, so that in a few months you can begin trying to conceive. Remember, should you choose to follow Dr. Lee’s natural progesterone protocol for ovarian cysts you may not ovulate during that time, which means you may not be able to get pregnant. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. John Lee treats ovarian cysts with natural progesterone cream, please consider purchasing his book on natural progesterone at his website.

Supportive Herbs for Ovarian Cysts

Now that “clearing out” is covered let’s look at balancing the body so we can help prevent future cysts. Consider an herbal program for preventing ovarian cysts from forming in the first place.

We like to use herbs to help to nourish the endocrine system, promote hormonal balance, regular ovulation, and proper circulation to the reproductive organs. We also like to use herbs that are detoxifying to the liver for improved hormonal balance and estrogen metabolism. Ovarian cysts are considered a state of stagnation in the body, both in regard to the liver and circulation to the reproductive organs.

    Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a great fertility herb that helps the body produce progesterone and balance the hormones without containing any hormones itself. We find that maca helps natural progesterone to work better by nourishing the endocrine system. Maca is best taken daily at 1,000-3,000 mg.

    Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa): This herb promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. Black cohosh is one of the best herbs for relieving ovarian pain.

    Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): This traditional Chinese herb aids hormonal balance and is specific for congestive fertility issues. Dong Quai also supports healthy circulation to the reproductive organs and reduction in pain associated with a variety of fertility issues.

    Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): This herb supports hormonal balance through liver support. Milk thistle helps the liver to cleanse and regenerate itself. As we all know, the liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

    Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Tribulus has been found to normalize ovulation when used prior to ovulation. One study performed on 36 women who were not ovulating, showed that that 67% realized normal ovulation after only 2-3 months of consistent use. Tribulus has also been found to be a nourishing tonic for the female reproductive system as a whole, especially concerning the ovaries.

    Vitex, Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus): Vitex aids in regulating hormonal balance, promotes ovulation, and improves timing of the entire menstrual cycle.

    Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Wild Yam promotes a healthy menstrual cycle and hormonal balance. Wild Yam is also an excellent remedy for reducing ovarian pain.

    Yarrow aerial parts (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow relieves pelvic congestion through improved circulation to the reproductive organs.

Learn about other herbs supportive for fertility here…

Step Three: Dissolve and Reduce Cysts

There are two natural therapies that have been used time and time again to help the body break down the cysts, reduce their size and may help them to disappear all together.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy: The body contains a variety of enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts for chemical reactions necessary to the innumerable actions that maintain the function of the body. A subclass of enzymes known as Systemic Enzymes work to help the body breakdown excess foreign tissues and reduce inflammation. Supplementation with a high quality systemic enzyme blend such as Wobenzym N may help the body to reduce the size of the cysts or eliminate them over time.

Castor Oil Pack: Castor Oil Packs are an ancient therapy that help to cleanse and heal the area of the body where they are placed. The castor oil has a drawing power that helps the body to clear itself of excess tissues and toxins. Castor oil packs stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area where the pack is applied. A castor oil pack also increases circulation which helps to bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries. This is a vital step to helping the body reduce and dissolve ovarian cysts. Do not apply during menstruation.

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We have learned the main cause of functional cysts is hormonal imbalance, which disrupts the natural menstrual cycle and may lead to the formation of ovarian cysts. It is vital to bring the body back to a state of balance to prevent the formation of ovarian cysts.

1. Reduce excess estrogen in the body by avoiding exposure to xenoestrogens and naturally promoting healthy estrogen metabolism through the use of DIM.

2. Increase progesterone levels and support hormonal balance overall. Consider the benefits of natural progesterone supplementation and herbs for hormonal balance and the reduction in cyst formation.

3. Dissolve and reduce ovarian cysts through Systemic Enzyme Therapy and Castor Oil Packs.

Ovarian Cyst Natural Therapies Check list


1. DIM – 1 capsule, 1 to 4 times a day with food
2. Maca – 2 capsules a day
3. Systemic Enzyme Therapy – 3 tablets 2 times a day on an empty stomach at least 45 minutes before meals with water.

Day 10 -26 of your menstrual cycle:

Apply 40mg Progesterone cream a day: 20mg twice a day, one 20mg application in the morning and one 20mg application at night, for a total of 40mg of natural progesterone a day. This method of progesterone therapy may be best done for three months and then discontinued after that. This type of application is meant to suppress ovulation, so do not use progesterone in this way when you are trying to become pregnant.

6 times a month for 3 months:

Castor oil pack – Use the castor oil pack 30 minutes a day for at least 6 days of the month any time after menstruation. Apply for a total of 3 months.

Note: It is best to take 3 months to work to get rid of ovarian cysts prior to trying to conceive. Should you actively try to conceive while using Castor Oil Packs, apply them prior to ovulation only.

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  1. Can you tell me how likely a 2.8×4.7 cm hemorrohagic will dissolve on its own? I have a follow up ultrasound tomorrow(cyst was first seen on a transvaginal ultrasound back in mid August…not even mentioned to me since it was a baby cyst)…then had a ct scan(for abdominal issues) September 24th, cyst was found to be above mentioned size. I am nervous about tomorrow’s appointment …I have not felt any pain, discomfort…I have been taking applecider vinegar, molasses, and just started the castor oil treatment this week, as well as chinese herbs and acupuncture…..any chance any of this can help??? do you know what percentage of cysts dissolve on their own? Thanks.

    • Dear Maddie,

      I am sorry you are nervous about your appointment, but it is good that you are following up to see what has happened since Sept. I hope you learn that all you have been doing has proven helpful!

      We do not have statistics about how effective what you are doing will be, or about the percentage of cysts that dissolve on their own. I am not certain this information is even quantifiable given each woman is different, each cyst is different and that effectiveness of natural therapies is reliant on lifestyle choices, dietary habits, other health conditions, commitment to their natural health program consistently over time, etc.

      Consider talking with your Acupunturist about the herbs you are on and effectiveness of this natural therapy. He/she may have additional insight.

      I wish you well and peace as you await tomorrow!

  2. It all began when my right side stomach started to hurt like never before only during periods. After 3rd time of this i went to my gynac, she suggested a sonography and hence we found out I have an ovarian cyst which is 4.1cm. Currently i am following the medical prescription suggested by her. Hoping for the best results soon.

    • Dear Prachi,

      I too hope for wonderful results for you!

      We can not suggest taking herbs with prescription medications, but they could be when the course of medication is complete. It is important though to work to avoid exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens and Castor Oil therapy could be considered now. These topics are discussed in this very article.

      Take care!

  3. Hi
    I have had a ovarian cyst for a few years now. Sometimes it gets smaller and sometimes goes back to the original size (almost 5cm). Of course my doctor told me the only way to get rid of it is surgery, but I’m not crazy about surgery. My question to you is, Do you think the natural remedies recommended in this website would work for my almost 8-year-old cyst? Thank you

    PS I did use Milk Thistle for a good period of time – 200mg, now I got 1000mg. How many mg of it do you recommend per day?

    • Dear Susie,

      We have worked with women who have had success after committing to the program, including dietary and lifestyle changes. Although each woman is very different, their stories my inspire you to naturally and safely help the body deal with ovarian cysts. I wish I could speak with certainty that the program outlined here will be the only program you need. I will be honest, I do not know, but it is my opinion that it may be worth a try if surgery is not an option (yet).

      The good news is that natural therapies can be used alongside any type of treatment options being considered, which may greatly help to improve the desired outcome.

      Regarding Milk Thistle, have to suggest following the suggested use stated on the bottle of the product purchased. We only have general suggested use of Milk Thistle Seed Extract, which we feel is the best form to take Milk Thistle seed in.

      I hope you feel inspired!

  4. Can DIM be used for females who suffer from PCOS? Especially if you have no children and have to run through a number of hormonal changes/mood swings/tired every day. Is DIM available only in America?

  5. Hello! I did not read all the questions and comments, so I’m not sure if somebody asked already, but do you think I can try this natural way while I’m taking birth control? I’ve never taken the birth control before in my life (I’m 35), but my doctor just prescribed it to me because of my 5cm cyst that grew from 3cm in a year. I thought I would give it a try, then I found your site. Since I am a bit scared of birth control pills, I would rather try the natural way, but have already started to take birth control pills. Please advise. Thank you very much.

    • Dear Miha,

      Thank you for asking!

      Steps 1 and 3 of this article could be considered, but we can not suggest taking herbs with birth control pills. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. It is best to only use herbs in preparation beforehand and not mix the two.

      All my best!

  6. Hello,
    I am currently taking birth control continuously (skipping the placebo) as advised by my doctor to avoid getting another cyst. I had laparoscopic surgery 6 months ago to remove a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst close to 6cm. I have been dealing with cysts since I was 15, but this was the first time I had to have surgery. In the past the birth control would shrink it. The problem now is that I am so tired of taking the birth control and I think my body over all needs a break from it. I have been off and on them since age 15, taking them like 3 and 4 years at a time. Will this method help keep the cysts away instead of me having to take birth control to do so? I really want to do it a natural way.

    • Dear Reda,

      As you may already understand a hemorrhagic cyst is a functional ovarian cyst that bursts or “hemorrhages”. Many resources share that this is believed to happen more with a corpus luteum cyst.

      Natural therapies are known to be most effective with follicular and corpus luteum cysts, and PCOS. While we have seen women achieve success in supporting their ovarian health by following this program, women who commit to making dietary and lifestyle changes as well, I can not know to what degree it will benefit you. I certainly hope it such a way that birth control can be stopped.

      All my best!

  7. Hi there,
    I was wondering what you recommend for dissolving a large cyst (6cm diameter) in early pregnancy. I would appreciate any advice.
    I did your Ovarian Wise Kit for one month and got pregnant in that month after a whole year of trying. Not sure if those two events were related, but wanted to thank you anyway!

    Sorry should have mentioned that it is a simple cyst and has been there at least for a year, probably more like 2-3 years


  8. Although I appear to have “healed” my hemorrhaging ovarian cysts my lower abdomen is always still extended and it is most certainly not fat – I am very thin. My Progesterone level has always been 3x higher than my estrogen since menopause.Have taken DIM and herbs for the last 8 months since a lumpectomy for estrogen-related breast cancer Stage I. No Chemo no Radiotherapy. I do not understand therefore why I have ovarian cysts.
    Can anyone throw light on this problem?

    • Hi Brigitte,

      It could be the type of cyst, there are many different types of ovarian cysts which may or many not have anything to do with hormonal balance. It would be best to ask your doctor about this. More complex ovarian cysts may require surgery and again, this would be best discussed with your doctor.

      It is good to hear that otherwise you are in good and always improving health.

  9. Hi, I’m wondering if Saw Palmetto is an adequate replacement for DIM?

  10. Hi,
    I was diagnosed with 3 complex cysts on the right ovary, 2-3cm, and 1 complex cyst on the left ovary measuring 6cm and have been infertile for 10 years. I recently learned about eating healthy and removing excess estrogen from the body. I consulted a naturopath in the US (I live in Canada) who placed me on wild yam, pau d’arco, evening prime rose and yarrow (I also have endometriosis and multiple fibroids). I have been trying my best to eat healthy, stay away from dairy and meat and use the castor oil pack. All effort has only helped with the symptoms, completely stopped the pains and made my period more regular and without clothing, but the cysts are still there. What else can I do to shrink them?

    • Dear Ayi,

      It is wonderful that you have seen results even if the end result has not yet been achieved.
      We feel it best that because you are currently working with a healthcare practitioner and they have you on a program, it is best to follow that program for the suggested amount of time before you change it or start a different program. Patience is key!

      Consider taking this article into your naturopath to discuss anything noted here of interest.

      All our best to you!

  11. I am a Nigerian woman of childbearing age. I had a full abdominal scan of late after some compliant of irregular menstrual cycle, which was as a result of the Postenor 2 tablet I took some month ago, and was told that I had ovarian cyst. The doctor assures me that it will resolve within the shortest time. I need to know, what are those local food (diet) I can eat/drink to help the situation and the food I need to do away with.

    • Dear Abioye,

      It is true that the body may naturally dissolve the cyst. Each menstrual cycle as a woman approaches ovulation, a cyst naturally forms on the ovary and often goes away completely after ovulation. It is when these cysts become numerous or the body is not able to dissolve them that may be concern.

      We support eating a Fertility Diet rich in fresh, whole foods, organic when possible. This diet is filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fiber, healthy fats and even some animal products. Click here to learn about the Fertility Diet… Some of the specific foods discussed may not be readily available to you, but know that the focus is on eating as clean diet packed with whole, fresh foods and limiting processed foods.

  12. Hello
    I was on the DepoProvera birth control just over a year ago I got off of it. Since that time I have endured constant bleeding. I was put on several birth control pills which did not help. I had blood work done and all of my levels came back within normal limits. I also had an ultrasound done showing several ovarian cysts. The pain comes and goes but being sexually active makes the pain unbearable. I am not trying to get pregnant. I was told birth control pills can help with the cysts however they have estrogen in them and I have been on progesterone pills. I was told to wait a two months then go on the pills. If they didn’t work before should I go on them again? What should I do?

    • Dear Kala,

      I am sorry you are going through this. We are not qualified to guide you in using birth control. If you wish to try this suggested plan it is going to be best to talk to your doctor of pharmacist about it.

      If interested in a more natural approach to supporting your body, it would be best to work one on one with a fertility herbalist, even if not trying to conceive, who can help you learn ways to control the constant bleeding you experience and also support the body in achieving an healthy ovarian environment. Consider learning more about a Fertility Consultation.

      The article How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control may be helpful as well.

      I hope you will consider a Fertility Consultation for personalized guidance and support.

  13. My daughter has had 6 ovarian cyst ruptures. Two when she was 14. She is 17 and has had 4 more in a yr (May, Nov, Feb, and now June). The ultrasound showed fluid around her right ovary, proof that this is ruptured cysts. There seem to be small cysts in each ovary per the report. I don’t care to put her on bc pills (estrogen) but the pain is so great when they rupture that it requires heavy meds (morphine when at the hospital or oxycodone if at home). I think I need to order a hormone saliva test to see if her horm are out of balance. If I try the steps do I skip the progesterone since she is not attempting to get pregnant? Suggestions please!

    • Dear Corinne,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and for being such a source of support for your daughter.

      We recommend anyone interested in natural therapies under the age of 18 work with a natural health care practitioner in conjunction with their medical doctor. Teens are still developing in many ways, including hormonally. We are not able to suggest our products, or guide her best because there are too many changes taking place in their developing bodies.

      Consider also learning more about making healthy natural therapy choices for teens.

      All out best to you both!

  14. Hi there! I have been diagnosed with a cyst in my ovary approx. 6 months back. I went through ultrasound and it doesn’t seem to be very big as also explained by my doctor. However, now I see many new developments such as putting on 5 kgs (11 pounds) of weight all of a sudden, menstrual cycle is completely irregular, etc. I want to know if I can take any of these mentioned herbs without any doctor guidance. I am also finding it difficult to find Maca root in Canada. Please advise. Thanks.

    • Dear Neeti,

      Many do seek the guidance of their doctor when choosing to try herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies to support their bodies and fertility health, and many others do not. This is completely up to you. It is common for some doctors not to know much about herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, or be hesitant to suggest they be tried. Then again, some do know a bit and are more open to offering guidance and support.

      I am sorry, I do not know from where Maca root is available in Canada, but Fertility Maca products can be shipped to Canada from the Natural Fertility Shop.

  15. Hi! I am 24 years old and I am have not been able to conceive for the last 3 years. Last month I had a cyst on my right ovary. How can I dissolve this cyst in natural way. I am very tensed about aspiration of cyst. Please suggest a good way.

    • Dear Devi,

      Know that the ovary always naturally produces a cysts as a result of ovulation. These are most often remedied on their own. You said, “last month, I had a cyst on my right ovary…” If it is still there or the body is not naturally taking care of it on its own, the suggestion in this article may be helpful. Consider re-reading this article or working one on one with a fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation to determine the best natural therapy program for your specific needs.

  16. What might be an effective and appropriate natural treatment protocol to consider using when a woman (me) suffers from both ovarian cysts and Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis? What helps one condition would seem to exacerbate the other, and I have found it terribly challenging and emotionally exhausting to get back on the road to better health and quality of life having to walk the tight wire between these two conditions. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hello,

      To be honest, it would not be appropriate in this case to suggest a natural treatment protocol. In your case, it would be best to seek the help of a naturopathic doctor that specializes in autoimmune disorders. There are just too many factors at play here to offer you a generalized protocol, which in the end may make matters worse. An ND is a great option when you want to get your health back on track with natural options.

      All the best!

  17. Hi! I am 18 years old and not able to conceive for last 1 and half year. Last month I had a cyst in my left ovary. It dissolved and now it’s completely finished. My doctor did my ultrasound and she told me that everything is ok. Can I use castor oil pack for fertility?

    • Dear Eman,

      The body is known to sometimes be able to dissolve ovarian cysts on its own. It is great that this has been your experience!
      Castor Oil Therapy could be considered to support overall reproductive system health, as could the other tips offered in this article to try to prevent cysts from recurring.

      All my best!

  18. Dear Person in Charge:

    I came across this article and I got interested in its theraputic potential.
    I have a 7cm mucinous cyst in my right ovary, it grew back after 2 months after my 4th operation in Feb 2015. I am not keen to go under the knife again and I hope for a natural way to prevent ovarian cysts from growing bigger and also to dissolve the cysts.

    Will the following treatment that you suggesed on the website work for me? Progesterone cream, Chaste Berry (which I bought), Milk Thistle (which I bought) , MACA, DIM and systemic enzyme therapy.

    Will like to seek your advice before I proceed to buy from the products from you.

    Thank you

    • Dear Christine,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      While surgery often brings great relief, which is much needed for many, it is not known to address the underlying hormone imbalance that contributes to the recurrence of certain fertility health issues. It is because we know this that the program outlined in this article was created. The herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies discussed here are known to support the body’s natural ability to achieve hormone balance, reduce excess estrogen and maintain normal progesterone levels, while also encouraging normal circulation to the reproductive system – all beneficial for a healthy ovarian function and environment.

  19. Hiya,
    I have 2 endometriosis cysts on my ovaries. Right cyst is 6cm X 8cm. Left Cyst is 5cm X 6cm. I have very heavy periods with blood clots every month. Have very severe stomach cramps before and during my periods and sometimes vomit. I wanted to know if there are any herbal remedies to get rid of the cysts altogether. Also get rid of the pain. I do not want surgery to remove them, which is the option doctor suggesting because of the pain the cysts are giving me. Is there certain foods that make the cysts worse?

    • Hello Sukhi!

      I am sorry for all you experience as a result of these cysts and hormonal imbalance. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing not only endometrioma growth, but also hormonal imbalance which then can lead to disordered ovulation. Consider learning how to support the body’s natural ability to remove excess estrogen from the body, in maintaining its natural inflammatory response, providing it relief from occasional discomfort in the reproductive system and encouraging normal circulation, helping to bring fresh blood and oxygen to the reproductive system.

  20. Hi! I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts on both sides, with the right side being a bit large at 3.8cm. I started taking the following supplements as directed for about a week and half. They are: DIM, Milk Thistle and Women’s Best Friend (I also have adenomyosis). In addition, I apply Natural Progesterone Cream twice a day from Day 10-26. My period was on time, but unusually painful on the lower abdominal area, especially the right side. Nothing has changed in terms of life style or diet. I wonder if the supplements would cause cramps to be more severe? Should I be taking these supplements while menstruating? Thanks.

    • Dear Jenny,

      The supplements mentioned are not known to be a cause of menstrual cramps. The body may be responding to their actions and as a result temporary menstrual cycle shifts may occur. There may also be the possibility for a temporary exacerbation of the symptoms of estrogen dominance as the body works to balance hormones.

      In general we do not feel the following supplements/herbs, Women’s Best Friend and natural progesterone cream, should be continued during menstruation.

      Take care!

  21. Hello my name is Dorina my doctor did a bunch a test followed by an ultrasound it shows I have a very large cyst on my ovary. A specialist recommended I going to surgery to remove my ovary along with the cyst. I do not want to go under the knife is there a natural way for me to shrink the size of the cyst and get rid of it altogether. I am 51 years old by the way thank you

    • Dear Dorina,

      Depending on the size of the cyst, natural therapies alone may not be all the support the body needs. Herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies can be considered in preparation for a procedure and following to support the body in keeping cysts from growing back. The guidance offered in this article can be considered although it may be best to work one on one with a natural healthcare practitioner near you to devise the best program from your needs.

      All my best!

  22. Please, could you help me with Ovarian Cysts?

  23. Hi,
    I was wondering if I could use your self fertility massage to help get rid of an ovarian cyst I have? I just had a cycle of IVF cancelled due to it. I know a lot of your therapies are for natural fertility as opposed to IVF so I just wanted to check if its safe for me to do the castor oil treatment and self massage?


    • Dear Joanne,

      A Castor Oil Pack and Self Fertility Massage are used to stimulate the circulatory system in support of increased circulation and promoting healing of the tissues and organs under which they are applied, including the ovaries. These natural therapies are one part of a natural fertility program to support healthy ovaries.

      We in fact also have a natural fertility program for preparing for IVF if this is a future plan. Learn more here…
      How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally.

      Enjoy Castor Oil Therapy and Self Fertility Massage!

  24. Thank you Elizabeth! How do I know when to apply the progesterone cream if I don’t have a period? I am 43 y.o. and I believe, like my Mom was, I am peri-menopausal. I have right ovarian cyst for about 4 years now. It’s a medium size, but the pain when I am sexually excited, gets worse. Also, can I use wild yam cream instead of natural progesterone? Thanks ahead!

    • Dear Olie!

      You are most welcome! With no period at all, or absent menstruation, then you would choose a date and work from there counting the days of use on the calendar.

      Wild yam cream is not the same as progesterone cream. There is a substance called diosgenin in soybeans and wild yams that is extracted and then modified in a laboratory to create the progesterone found in natural progesterone creams. Your body is not able to turn diosgenin directly from wild yam cream into hormones itself.

      I hope this too is helpful!

    • Thank you so much for your great answers!! I noticed that progesterone cream also contains soy, which is contradictory since soy has estrogen. What would you recommend here? Thanks a lot.

    • Hello Olie!

      The bio-identical USP progesterone in both Fertilica Natural Progestorone cream and Emerita Pro-Gest is derived from mexican wild yams, not soy.

  25. Please give me advice because I have a dermoid cyst on my ovary. What naturally can I do to remove it. I don’t have a baby, I’m 33 years old. Please give me advice!

    Also, what ginger is used, ginger tea or natural ginger?

    • Dear Sheryll,

      I am sorry you are having to deal with this fertility health issue.

      Dermoid cysts may cause the ovary to become very large and displaced. A dermoid cyst is considered more complex and usually does not respond to natural therapies as well as other forms of ovarian cysts. It will be best to work with your doctor regarding managing your cyst.

      I am not sure what form of ginger Hanim used, but I suspect it was fresh ginger root.

      Take care!

  26. Ginger what? Ginger tea or fresh brewed ginger?

  27. Information it’s very helpful

  28. I had lots of cysts for over 15 years. I started drinking ginger with lemon and warm water first thing in the morning and have done so for 6 months. My last period was so painful and very heavy. After my period was finished, I went to the doctor and he said that all my cysts were gone. I was so happy! I’m pain free and cyst free naturally. :)