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. This may happen in just one or both of the ovaries. Usually ovarian cysts are harmless and often go away on their own. Sometimes though ovarian cysts can grow so much they rupture, or cause damage to the ovary. They may grow so much they cause displacement of the reproductive organs or twist themselves. Damage from a ruptured ovarian cyst may cause scar tissue build-up, and/or the formation of adhesion, 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. In fact ovarian cysts can become quite large over time. Thankfully there are natural remedies that can help your body to rid itself of the cysts naturally and without surgery.

Types of Ovarian Cysts

Functional Ovarian Cysts
During a woman’s natural cycle the ovaries produce follicles, which are like a cyst and contain the egg to be released during ovulation. As ovulation nears the follicle begins to grow. Follicles also produce and release both estrogen and progesterone. An ovarian cyst that forms due to a malfunction in the follicle 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, it continues to grow forming a cyst.

    Corpus Luteum cyst: This happens when the follicle does release the egg at ovulation. The follicle changes to what is called the corpus luteum. The opening in the follicle where the egg was released seals off, accumulating fluid, causing the corpus luteum to 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 endometrial cells attach to the ovary and form a growth (endometriosis).

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 to natural therapies as well. It is best to work with your doctor regarding these types of cysts.

    Polycystic ovaries: This is associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, the ovary may be enlarged, usually twice the size of a normal ovary. A polycystic ovary develops many small cysts in a row, looking like a strand of pearls on the surface of the ovary. PCOS is a common endocrine disorder. Not all women diagnosed with PCOS have ovaries that have these types of cysts. For more information specifically on this condition, please click here…

What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Early menstruation (11 years or younger)
  • Increased upper body fat
  • Infertility treatment with gonadotropins, this may cause multiple large cysts.
  • Use of Clomiphene (Clomid, Serophene) has been shown to increase the risk for development of Corpus Luteum cyst.
  • Use of Tamoxifen for breast cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Most women that have ovarian cysts don’t even know. Usually there are no signs of 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 signal 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 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 doctors have many diagnostic tools. Here are some tests your doctor may perform:

  • Endovaginal Ultrasound uses a vaginal ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina. This type of ultrasound has been found to produce a better image of ovarian cysts that 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. This presents a problem though, one it prevents pregnancy, and two may cause long-term hormonal imbalance, and three, it does not solve the root of the cause.

If an ovarian cyst becomes too large or is considered to be at a higher risk for rupture, is a complex cyst, or has twisted or become adhered 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

For functional cysts there are natural options that are very effective. 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.

  • 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 in one of the main culprits to causing hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation. One of the best ways to rid the body of excess estrogens is to stop exposing yourself to xenohormones and taking a supplement called DIM.

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 perabens in skin care products
  • Use natural detergents.

DIM: DIM helps to clear the body of these excess estrogens, aiding in hormonal balance and reducing the promotion of 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 progesterone deficiency. Balancing your estrogen and progesterone levels by using natural progesterone will help reduce the ovarian cysts and reduce the chances of them occurring in the future. Use of natural progesterone cream helps to increase progesterone levels.

Dr. John Lee recommends natural progesterone as one of the best treatments for ovarian cysts. One of the ways to use natural progesterone is to “trick” the body into thinking it is pregnant. By taking natural progesterone from days 10-26 of the cycle the body thinks it is pregnant and stops ovulating. If no ovulation occurs, no follicle occurs and no ovarian cysts can be created.

This is a short term treatment and is best done in conjunction with the other supportive supplements to help prevent them from coming back and to help the body remove the cysts so you can begin trying to conceive. Remember, while you are following this treatment you will not be ovulating, so you will not be able to get pregnant while you are following Dr. Lee’s protocol. 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 the symptom 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 nourish the endocrine system, promote hormonal balance, regular ovulation, and promote proper circulation to the reproductive organs. Also consider herbs that are detoxifying to the liver for improved hormonal balance. Ovarian cysts are a considered a state of stagnation in the body, both in the liver and circulation to the reproductive organs. The herbs below have been found supportive for supporting proper menstrual cycles, reduction in ovarian pain, increased circulation to the reproductive organs and supportive of liver function.

    Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a great fertility herb that helps the body produce progesterone and balance hormones without containing any hormones itself. I also believe that maca helps natural progesterone to work better by nourishing the endocrine system. Maca should be taken daily, 2,000-3,000mg.

    Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa): Promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. Black cohosh is excellent for relieving ovarian pain.

    Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Aids in hormonal balance. Dong Quai is specific for congestive fertility states. Supports healthy circulation to the reproductive organs. Reduction in pain associated with reproductive organs.

    Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Supports hormonal balance. Milk thistle is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. 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, improves timing of the menstrual cycle.

    Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Wild Yam promotes a healthy menstrual cycle, reduces ovarian pain.

    Yarrow aerial parts (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow relieves pelvic congestion, improves the entire menstrual cycle timing.

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: Systemic enzymes contain a special enzyme that breakdown tissues in the body that are not supposed to be there. It also eats away at the cysts reducing their size or eliminating them over time. With ovarian cysts it is important to also make sure you are reducing the estrogen coming in your body and actively getting rid of excess estrogens; this can be done with the estrogen metabolizer DIM and progesterone.

Castor Oil Pack: Castor Oil Packs are an ancient therapy that helps to cleanse and heal the body where they are placed. The castor oil has a drawing power the clears the body of excess tissues and toxins. Castor oil packs stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area stimulated by the castor oil pack. The promotion of circulation by the castor oil pack will also bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries. This is vital to reducing and dissolving ovarian cysts. Do not use during menstruation.

Click here to purchase a kit with all these products…

Summary

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 reduction in cyst formation.

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

Ovarian Cyst Natural Therapies Check list

Daily:

1. DIM- 1 capsule 3 times a day
2. Maca- 2 tablets a day
3. Wobenzym- 3 tablets 2 times a day between meals

Day 10 -26 of your menstrual cycle:

Progesterone cream 20 – 40mg a day. Begin with 20mg working your way up to 40mg towards the end of your cycle. Use this method of progesterone therapy for three months and then stop. This is used 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.

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  1. Hi! I just saw my doctor today due to abdominal pain/pressure that has lasted about 4 or 5 days. She thinks I have an ovarian cyst, and is sending me for an ultrasound. I was on the birth control pill for 4 years and just stopped in June because of unwanted side effects/thinking of ttc next summer time frame, and want my body to kind of become regular again. My question is could coming off of birth control have caused a cyst? She mentioned the possibility of maybe going back on the birth control if it is a cyst, I want to avoid that. I read that my body could have been trying to ovulate, but wasn’t able to release the egg, is that possible? THANK YOU!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Zoe,

      I am sorry you have had to go through this!

      The use of hormonal birth control prevents ovulation. Some doctors prescribe birth control to reduce the incidence of ovarian cysts although this does not address the underlying imbalance contributing to their growth. There are many types of ovarian cysts with many causes and I am not a medical professional who can speak to whether stopping birth control has caused this for you. This would be a great question to ask of your doctor and having an ultrasound should provide you the information on how to best support your ovarian health.

      Best wishes!

  2. hi, i am 22 years old unmarried Indian girl. i have pcos since puberty.My mother due to her placenta privia took proluton(estrogen+progestron) injection 250mg every week when she was carrying me.. My mom doesnt have pcos or any of my familiy i had been taking some treatment but never got rid of irregular periods. i have obesity,excess hair growth,stress, mood disorders, irritations.. i am afraid about infertility. can you please suggest me what should i do next.waiting for your answer

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Vincy,

      I am sorry you have had to deal with this and continue to now!

      PCOS is a complex endocrine system disorder and the endocrine system is the system within our bodies that coordinates our hormones. Hormones deliver messages. PCOS is a complex fertility issue for many and it can be hard to live with and manage. There are ways to support your body naturally, but PCOS requires long-term lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes that are possible with commitment!

      You will find important information in this article written by our senior herbalist titled How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      We also offer Fertility Consultations (even if you are not yet ready to conceive) during which our herbalist will guide you in the best diet, lifestyle changes/tips and herbs, supplements and natural therapies she feels will best serve you and your efforts to find balance.

      I hope this is a helpful start! Take Care!

  3. I hope this is the right place to ask a question about the info in the article about how to shrink a cyst. I would like to know how long to keep taking the DIM, Wobenzyme, Maca Root, doing the castor oil packs, and the progesterone cream. I have started the regimen, doing the castor oil pack for the 6 days, and the rest of the vitamins about a month ago. Will the continuation of the regimen harm me in any way? Do I need to discontinue everything for a time and then go back to it all after a respite of time? Thank you so much.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Becki!

      This is a great place to ask your question!

      To help promote normal ovarian health, we suggest using natural progesterone cream, DIM, Wobenzym N and Castor Oil Packs as suggested for a minimum of 3 months time. For some to reach their desired results, these products may need be used longer. Maca can be taken long term through the entire menstrual cycle.

      This being said, dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to xenostrogens is also key when supporting ovarian health.

      Should you begin ttc while using these products and learn you are pregnant, please contact customer care or your healthcare provider about continuing what you are taking into pregnancy, or discontinuing them.

      Best wishes!

  4. Is this posting related to Chocolate Cysts (endometrioma), that are on the ovaries? I was just diagnosed with bilateral ovarian endometrioma and will definitely give your remedy a try. I would be so grateful for your answer!

    Thank You!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Emerald!

      Endometriomas are chocolate cysts and named this because they contain blood and endometrial tissue that looks like dark chocolate. Endometriomas are complex ovarian cysts. In addition to supporting the body through nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes mentioned here it is important for you to work closely with your healthcare provider on solutions to this issue specific to your needs.

      Best wishes!

  5. Hello Elizabeth:
    I was diagnosed with a functional cyst on my left Ovary 4 years ago.My Dr. had an ultrasound done in the first year then every three month, thereafter. My Dr. said there is no change but it has been getting slightly bigger every year. This past February I was diagnosed with Fatty Liver. I am overweight but it is hard to believe that with my weight that my liver is doing this. I had read somewhere else that people who have had a cyst on there ovaries also years later have developed Fatty Liver. I am not a drinker so the Fatty Liver is not alcohol related. I have pain where my liver and cyst is. I was wondering if you have any advice for me. To get rid of both??related??

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Lorraine!

      Having a fatty liver may make it more difficult for the liver to metabolize hormones. The liver’s ability to properly metabolize hormones is a vital part in hormone balance. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, that include a long-term plan to maintain a healthy BMI, you may also want to consider herbs that are supportive of liver health, like Burdock root (Gobo) and Milk Thistle seed. Consider also increased your daily intake of fiber from dark green leafy veggies, whole grains, beans, etc. and/or DIM to boost estrogen metabolism for improved hormone balance.

      I hope this is helpful!

  6. 11cm cyst in front of womb.closed tubes since 1998.complex ovarian cysts.menopause for a year.would herbs not make them rupture?and the keyhole surgeon said if they rupture,i would have severe pain for 3 days,then my stomache would absorb them,so why have surgery?if they ruptured,why not stay in bed?in menopause,tofu must be ok,right?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Margaret!

      I am sorry you are faced with these challenges!

      The herbs, supplements and natural therapies discussed here help support the body in maintaining normal ovarian health and ovarian environment, promoting normal hormonal balance, supporting the body’s natural ability in reducing excess estrogen in the body, supporting normal progesterone levels and encouraging normal circulation to the reproductive system. They are not likely to make cysts rupture. I have not had this feedback as a result of using the products discussed here.

      I have heard of the body on it’s own dissolving ovarian cysts, but there is simply no way for anyone, myself of medical professional, to know if this will happen for you.

      Regarding tofu and soy… the issue is that soy foods contain compounds which mimic estrogen in the body. By consuming soy foods and exposing yourself to xenohormones, (soy is not the only estrogenic food or substance that we are exposed to) estrogen levels can get higher than they should be, causing other hormones to become deficient. One of the best ways to avoid this is to avoid soy even in menopause. If you are needing to support healthy estrogen levels, it may be better to try herbs that support endocrine-system health by learning Natural Therapies for Estrogen Balance or trying Maca root which supports the endocrine system to be healthy and balanced, or Royal Jelly which may help to slightly increase estrogen naturally in the body, or potentially even Vitex which supports a healthy endocrine system without containing hormones.

      In health ~ Liz

  7. I am about to turn 42 years old and would like to have another baby. I have a simple cyst on one ovary and I had a couple surgically removed a couple of years ago. I have been taking Synthroid for a year and I took Metformin for a little while but stopped due to stomach sensitivity. Can I take your product while I continue to take Synthroid?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Alma!
      It is always best to speak with your healthcare provider when wanting to combine taking thyroid medications (any medication actually) with herbs and supplements. I am not certain of which product you are interested in and while there may not be a contraindication in combining them, there is potential for the herb or supplement to have a positive effect resulting in needing a different dose of thyroid medication.

  8. auto-immune problems can also contribute? specifically, with eatting/diet habits?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Veronica,
      Can you please clarify what you are asking? Are you wondering if autoimmune problems can contribute to the occurrence of ovarian cysts? And if eating/diet habits contribute to their occurrence or if diet supports the body in dealing with them?
      Knowing a bit more about what you are wondering will help me to better answer you. Thank you!

  9. I’m 19 years old and I’ve had an ovarian cyst for about a year now. I don’t believe it has gone away because every time it’s gotten near my cycle, I start feeling sick and I feel the same symptoms that I did when I first got it. I went to the hospital when I first got it and got a CT scan, they said they couldn’t really see it, but said that was what is causing the symptoms. I’m not sure what to do at this point. If you can help, please do, please.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Caitlyn,
      These feelings you have can no doubt be scary. Depending on the type of ovarian cyst you have, your body may dissolve them on it’s own. You can however work to naturally support your body in not allowing them to grow and reoccur. Many of the products discussed in this article have been combined in the OvarianWise Kit which is designed to support ovarian health and promote normal ovarian circulation. The herbs and supplements in this program help support the body to balance hormones, maintain a normal ovarian health and encourage a normal ovarian environment.
      If you would rather a more specific personalized program created for you by one of our fertility herbalists, you are welcome to consider a Natural Fertility Consultation.

  10. Hello! Thanks so much for this. I have painful ovarian cysts, however can’t take birth control pills because I get migraines and my doctor offered no natural alternatives. Question: I see the Progesterone cream and Castor oil you do for 3 months and then stop. However, I assume you continue taking the items in the daily list (DIM, Maca, Wobenzym) to prevent the cysts from reoccurring? Or do you only take those for a certain period of time and then stop as well? Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Renae!
      You can take DIM, Maca and Wobenzym N for more than three months. The goal in using these products is to help your body find balance, specifically hormone balance, so it can work to keep cysts from reoccurring. There may come a time when these products are no longer needed, but I really have no way of knowing this for you. DIM, Maca and Wobenzym N can be used when trying to conceive and should be discontinued when pregnancy is confirmed.
      I wish you well!

  11. i have an ovarian cyst which is about 8cm, is it safe to try and use natural herbs or I need surgery as the doctor has said?

    • Hi claudia,

      There is no way for me to know if you need to move forward with surgery or not, only you and your doctor can decide that.

      Many women have had great success with the natural herbs and supplements in this guide, but each woman is different and results may vary. The OvarianWise Fertility Kit is helpful, regardless if you go for surgery or not, to help promote normal function of the ovaries. You would want to discontinue use the products in this kit 2 weeks prior to surgery, not take them in conjunction with medications and not begin them again until 2 weeks post surgery, should you go that route.

      Sending you peace and clarity for your tough decision!

  12. I was hospitalized for a “leaking” cyst on my left ovary in October 2013. I was on countless drugs including antibiotics and pain killers because of the high fever. I was sent home 4 days later and it still felt like I had a thorn in my side. During the following menstrual cycle I saw a white fleshy mass which I can only assume was the cyst. During an ultrasound the Doc couldn’t find the cyst. I was so happy. My body had healed itself. Unfortunately the joy did not last. I was intimate with my boyfriend on June 8th. The next day I felt the same sharp stabbing pain I felt in Oct. Sure enough I went to the hospital and they found 2 cysts on the same left ovary. Thankfully they didn’t rupture but they told me there was nothing they could do. So, I’m hoping my body will pass it when my period arrives. I’m still in pain. My question is—Was the sex the cause of the cyst? It was a little rough.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Andrea!

      I am so sorry you have had to go through this! First, I have never heard of intercourse causing cysts. I can’t imagine the act being a cause, rather it may have aggravated them. Hormonal imbalances can be a cause of growths on and in the organs of the reproductive system.
      It is true that the body can dissolve and rid itself of ovarian cysts. You can also support your body in dealing with them by using the herbs, supplements and natural therapies talked about here.

  13. Hi, I am 32 years old and have been trying to conceive for 2 years now. I have been diagnosed of multiple fibroids and ovarian cyst since 2005. I am also told my ovaries are larger than normal. I am suppose to undergo surgery but I am scared since I feel it will worsen my chances of conceiving. Pls help I am desperate
    I would also like to know if the name of the drug is DIM in my country Ghana
    Thank you for the platform

    • Hi Bene,

      DIM stands for diindolylmethane. It comes from the plant chemical I3C short for indole-3-carbinol. It is a nutritional supplement, not a drug/medication.

      I am not sure where you can find it in Ghana, but we ship to that country!

      All the best!

    • I had PCOS for 3 yrs , before taking tablet each time i will pray to JESUS pls heal me through this tablet. After 2 months of prayer i conceived, and the doctor told my cyst also gone(JESUS healed). Believe in JESUS and pray continuously, Say to JESUS Thank you for healing me.

  14. Hi there, I am 25 years old and I have a sister who is 18 years of age. She has two cysts on her ovaries which we have tried to remove/reduce using medication prescribed by our doctor however, this is not helping. The doctor has advised that she has them removed but the cost for this procedure is +/- R40 000. This amount is unthinkable for us as there is no way we can find that sort of money. I would like to know if you know of any clinics that offer this procedure at a lower cost?!

    Thank you very much for your assistance

    • Hi Taira,

      I am sorry to hear about what your sister is going through! To be honest, I don’t know of any clinics with low cost surgical procedures. It looks like you are an international reader, based on your currency. I know that if you don’t have insurance in the U.S. the cost is quite high out-of-pocket.

      We carry the OvarianWise Fertility Kit which promotes normal ovarian function. Click here to learn about that kit… This kit contains many of the natural therapies listed in this article.

      All the best to you both!

  15. Dalene I am pregnant.. and I was having pain on my right side.. I was scared to think that I might have an ectopic pregnancy. But during my first ultrasound doctor found pretty big hemorrhagic cyst. I am not sure what herbs I can take and how I can help my body naturally to dissolve it… I was planning to have a natural birth.. but now it is probably will be a C section if it does not get ruptured.. than i might even have a miscarriage. I am worried.. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Than you

    • Hi Galina,

      First, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! I know you are scared, you have every reason to be, but many women have ovarian cysts during pregnancy. Most ovarian cysts developing in pregnancy go on to either dissolve on their own or are successfully surgically removed, sparing the life and health of the baby. In fact I have a very close friend that had this happen and it was surgically removed and she and her baby were fine, with a natural vaginal childbirth! She even went on to have another child, born vaginally as well. Your doctor will help you to determine the best course of action. I know how much you want a natural childbirth, but right now, today, focus on what is most important for your health and the health of your baby. If that means surgical removal which may lead to a cesarean, then you must come to terms and put a positive light on that. Those procedures are there to keep you safe and healthy. We do not recommend any herbs be taken for ovarian cysts in pregnancy.

      I know that when I am scared repeating positive affirmations can really help me get through the day. Click here to learn what positive affirmations are, with a list of great ones to use daily as part of your sacred pregnancy. Be well and believe in the power of your body.

  16. I started taking Dim, Wobenzym, Vitex, Maca and Evening Primrose Oil about 10 days ago. I just finished my cycle, and now have a bad headache. I have heard of headaches as a side effect of Dim. I was taking all twice a day, but just cut back to once a day. Any thoughts?
    I had a miscarriage in Dec. (prob. due to low progesterone). In Feb. I was diagnosed with 2 cysts, one 10cm. and twisted around my ovary. On May 14, I was diagnosed as being cyst free. I hope to regulate my cycle and try to get pregnant again in a few months.
    Thanks for any tips.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Carmen,
      Most experts recommend taking 100 to 200 mg of DIM per day and if your headache went away after you decreased your dose, then it could be that you don’t need as much as you were taking. While I have not heard of headaches from DIM, I have from Maca especially when taken without food, but this to my knowledge is not a reported side effect.
      DIM, Wobenzym N, Vitex, Maca and Evening Primrose Oil are all supportive in various ways and in addition you may also want to learn about Castor Oil Therapy here…

  17. Hi Delene,

    This article has very valuable information and I appreciate the way it has been explained.
    I have been diagnosed 150 cc cyst in my last pregnancy 4 years back & doctors not removed it at that time.Just a 6 months back that cyst had become large more than 1000 cc & I operated this thr Laparoscopic way.
    Now I am 8 weeks pregnant & again the cyst in same area has been diagnosed of 280 cc so my doctor will decide in my 12th week whether they operate this cyst & it will get continue during pregnancy.I don’t want to operate this during pregnancy as I scared it will may impact the growth of my baby or it may have some side effect also.
    So please guide me some natural diet or process so that I can control grown of my cyst for next 7 months.
    Please guide me on this

    • Hi Shwetee,

      There is nothing other than dietary choices (eat lots of fiber) that we suggest here that you could do in pregnancy. I had a really close friend have a very large cyst (small watermelon sized) removed in pregnancy and her child is 100% healthy and the pregnancy was fine. It was a challenging experience, but she and her child are healthy. At this point it would be best to continue working closely with your doctor. Sometimes these cysts go away on their own, or growth stalls out.

      I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  18. My mother is 48 and she has a 10cm cyst on the left ovary and the uterus is bulky. She suffers continues abdominal pain and the doctors recommend to get it removed surgically but we arent really willing to go for it. Her period is not regular so i cant exactly figure out the first day of her cycle. Are these remedies beneficial for getting rid of it naturally?

    • Hi Ayesha,

      I am sorry to hear your mother is in pain. Yes, this entire article (guide) is designed to help support the body in resolving ovarian cysts naturally. We have some testimonials on women who have naturally resolved their ovarian cysts and have gone on to have regular, cyst-free cycles.

      A bulky uterus is often a sign of estrogen dominance. One of the therapies mentioned in this article is DIM, which helps to support the body in removing excess estrogen. You can learn more about DIM here… Another inexpensive way to increase estrogen metabolism (removal of excess estrogen) is to eat increase fiber in the diet, so eat 2 Tbsp fresh ground flaxseed on foods, more fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains.

  19. Thank you for this helpful article. About a yr ago I had a myomectomy which thankfully resulted in the removal of several fibroids including one that was 13cm. Today I found out I have a large mass in my pelvic area which they think is a 12cm cyst and a 2cm fibroid on my right side. I’m having an MRI nxt week to confirm. Could this be a result from having a myomectomy? Also I only have one ovary left (right side). Am I at risk of becoming infertile?

  20. Hello, I have had a painful cyst on my ovary since January (found by my Dr.), coupled with a hormonal imbalance for almost a year now. I feel I have an estrogen dominance. I was taking herbal drops that had vitex, black cohosh, and eleuthero. Recenlty I have switched to just vitex, and I3C supplements. Do you prefer black cohosh over I3C, or vice versa? I read somewhere that black cohosh is used to increase estrogen so that made me nervous? I have only been on the I3C a couple weeks, so it’s a bit early to see any results. I am also trying to conceive, we had a miscarriage in January and no success since. My Dr. has been unsuccessful at helping me figure out what is going on as well so this prompted me to look into all the natural ways. Love your site! Thanks in advance for any feedback.

  21. I have multiple cysts, but also a 2cm endometrioma that has returned since my lap in march. I’ve ordered the EndoWise, but just read that the DIM won’t help much with the endometrioma. What else can I take to decrease or eliminate these cysts? How long does will it take to decrease my estrogen levels? I have endometriosis and have been taking it for 10 days now. I’ve noticed an improvement in my mood which is great. Also, the Women’s Best Friend has made my period almost pain free!!! Usually I’m bedridden for 2-3 days. I’m just hoping my estrogen and progesterone get regulated quickly too so I can get pregnant. THANK YOU!

    • Hi Haley,

      Every woman is different, so there is really no way for me to give you a definitive answer. I see you want your estrogen levels to decrease quickly, well, natural therapies take time to be effective, many months. Typically 3-6 months, but sometimes it may take a year or more, depending on the situation. The goal is to bring the body back to a state of balance. I am glad to hear of your results thus far. Endometriomas are complicated ovarian cysts; a type of cyst that is also endometriosis, so in addition to supporting the body through nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes specific to that condition, I also encourage you to work closely with your doctor on solutions. I hope you continue to feel better and better each day.

  22. I have suffered from bad endo since 1992 in hospital every year to either get it burnt or cut out. In 2004 I had to have a hysterectomy and 10cm bowel removed due to the endo. In 2011 I had my right ovary removed due to cysts. Now I have found out that I have two cysts the size of tennis balls on my left ovary. They told me 3 years ago that they would not go in if I had problems with my left ovary as they can not reach it due the operation in 2004. So I am looking for a different approach. What are your thoughts. Thanks..

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Sam!
      There are natural ways to support hormone balance given the estrogen dominant conditions you deal with/ While given the severity of what you are dealing with, these natural ways may take some time, as well as commitment to lifestyle and dietary changes. To get the most support and a focused, specific plan, it may be best to consider a consultation with one of our staff herbalists… this is especially true if this article didn’t already help you with a plan. And to be honest, if your healthcare provider isn’t willing to help you medically, naturally supporting your body in dealing with these conditions is worth a thy (in my opinion). Best wishes!

  23. My wife has severe lower abdominal pain since a week.I took her to ER, afetr several blood tests, CAT scan & Ultrasound Dr determined it is Overain cyst with dimensions of 3.6X3.5X4.1 cms. ER Doctor gave us some Antibiotics and pain killer tables and ask us to follow up with our Gynacologist. With these tablets, my wife has severe nausia and dizziness.So my family doctore asked us to stop entire medication and just to use Alive 600mg for every 12 hours. Also she proposed that my wife needs to be in “Wait and Watch” mode for 30 days and go for another ultrasound and based on the image she would decide to go for surgery or not.
    Now today morning onwards she started having blood in her stools.
    I need your suggestion, whether i should wait for one more month for surgery?
    is there any way the herbs would help me to get rid of cyst with out surgery?

    • Hi Tirumala,

      Blood in the stool is a medical concern, please see a doctor right away to address this issue.
      In the future, once this issue is resolved, she may want to consider the information in this article as an option for reducing the chance of recurring ovarian cyst formation.

      I hope she feels better.

  24. Hi I had an ultrasound and they found a cyst on my left ovary tho I’ve not had any pain with it so far so that’s a good thing. My question..I’m a vegetarian so I avoid meat. I do consume some mock meats which contain soy. I’ve heard that soy can be good for you too. I really don’t want to give up my faves in plant based meats, Beyond Meat is the best on the market. What are your thoughts?

  25. I just had an ovarian cyst rupture a week ago and still suffering pain (although better than it was). I put this up there with labor. I am assuming it takes time for the absorption process and each day should get better. Can you tell me if I can start taking DIM now? Is there a certain time in my cycle when I should start it? Thank you.

    • Hi Teresa,

      I am sorry to hear you are in pain! I hope you get better. DIM is fine to begin now, as long as you aren’t on any medications that contain hormones. It is fine to begin DIM at any time, but it is best to begin at the start of a new cycle (day 1) is the first day of your period.

  26. Hi, my doctor just started me on drug induced menopause (planned for 6 months) to rest my ovaries (after laparoscopy for luteal cysts and endo).
    Can the natural progesterone cream replace my drug induced menopause?

  27. Hi! I am over ten weeks pregnant and when I had an ultrasound they found a cyst on one of my ovaries. The doctor didn’t seem to think it was a big deal and pretty much brushed it off. Should I not worry either? I’m experiencing some pain from it and I’ve never had a cyst while pregnant…I’m concerned about our baby! Advice?

    • Hi Chrissy,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I have seen it go different ways, meaning that I have worked with women where the ovarian cyst continues to grow to be quite large and is threatening the pregnancy, so it is surgically removed, I have also worked with women where it grows at a slower pace and is left alone, even if it is considered quite large, and I have worked with women where the cyst went away on its own as pregnancy progressed. The great news is, all babies were fine, healthy and full term.

      The key here is to have your doctor monitor the cyst’s growth to determine what steps may be necessary to preserve your health and that of your baby. Let your doctor know you are in pain and worried; good communication is very important and you deserve to be heard. Please do not try any of the natural therapies in this article during pregnancy.

      There are some herbs you may want to look into that are safe for pregnancy, that may help with some of the discomfort you are feeling. Cramp Bark and Black Haw are worth learning more about. Have you tried a hot wet compress on the area? The pain you are feeling may be due to the stretching of the tissues, both the ovary and the pregnancy, both stretching and pressing on other organs and tissues in the body. I hope you feel better!

  28. Hello, my daughter just turned 11 a couple weeks ago. She was complaining of severe left side pain. I took her to the ER last night, they did a CAT scan and found a cyst on her overy. She has menstrual cycles, her first one was 12/2013. How can I get her hormones balanced. I don’t want her on birth control pills at this age, neither does her dr. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Worried Mother!

  29. Wondering about how long this remedy would take to see results? Thank You!!!

  30. PLEASE HELP ME URGENTLY.
    DO THESE REMEDIES WORK TO REMOVE OVARIAN DERMOID CYST.???

    • Hi Mahin, Dermoid ovarian cysts are considered more advanced and it would be best to talk to a doctor regarding your options for removal of this type of ovarian cyst.