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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. In this article we will be discussing the different types of ovarian cysts, what causes them to occur, medical options for ovarian cyst treatment, and natural therapies to support normal ovarian health such as supplements, such as progesterone cream and DIM, and herbs, such as maca, and vitex.

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 CystsA woman’s ovaries contain thousands of follicles that house immature eggs (ova). 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 mucus.

    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 cysts 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 they have them; 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:

  • Transvaginal 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.

In the Cochrane Database Syst Rev., a 2011 review of eight randomized controlled trials from four countries, 686 women, aiming to determine the effectiveness of oral contraceptives on functional ovarian cysts, conclude that “Treatment with combined oral contraceptives did not hasten resolution of functional ovarian cysts in any trial. This held true for cysts that occurred spontaneously as well as those that developed after ovulation induction. Most cysts resolved without treatment within a few cycles; persistent cysts tended to be pathological (e.g., endometrioma or para-ovarian cyst) and not physiological.”

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 lessen 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, and 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. In her text Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, physician, midwife, and herbalist Dr. Aviva Romm shares of one study performed on 36 women who were not ovulating, showing that 67% realized normal ovulation after only 2-3 months of consistent use. The women were given 300-400mg a day, from day 5-14 of their menstrual cycle. 6% became pregnant right away. 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.

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 altogether.

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 Fertilica Choice EnzymesTM 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 Checklist


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.

Too learn more about related subjects covered in this article, please visit the following links:

How to Quit Smoking to Protect Your Fertility

Study Shows Increased Infertility Risk for a BMI Over 30

Menstrual Calendar, Charting Your Signs of Fertility: Part 1

Stress and Your Fertility

Blood Clots During Your Period – Should You Be Concerned?

Fertility: One More Reason To NOT Eat SOY

How Important is Going Organic to My Fertility?

Are Everyday Plastics Causing Infertility?
Black Cohosh Benefits the Menstrual Cycle, Pain and Uterine Health

Milk Thistle Seed Important For Hormonal Balance

Wild Yam: Herb for Reproductive System Support in Women

Yarrow: Ancient Fertility Herb in Your Backyard

How to Use Fertility Herbs To Enhance Your Fertility Naturally

Infertility Due to Being Underweight



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    Thank you so much for posting this.

    I currently have a 5cm cyst on my right ovary causing me many many symptoms. As os September 2018, I was diagnosed with endometriosis through a laparoscopic excision surgery. My doctor wants me to try to shrink the cyst via Orilissa (estrogen blocker) before trying surgery. When I had a blood test done, all my hormone levels came back “normal”. So I guess my question is, would I still have a cyst from excess estrogen (as he is saying) even though my results came back in the normal range? Would I still benefit from the mentioned supplements, lifestyle if my numbers are normal?

    I eat very clean, but I am willing to do anything to avoid going on this drug.

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    I have 2 endometriomas (chocolate cysts) one on each ovary, one of 4 cm and the other of 80 mm. Does the supplements from above work for cysts caused by endometriosis? Do you recommend Neprinol? Also , can I take them while trying to conceive?
    My cycles are regular of 30 days and I have mild pain only at ovulation and when my period comes.
    Can you make some recommendations for me?
    Thank you!

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    Can this method work if your are on birth control? Also, my doctor has me taking birth control so I dont get a period (because of my pain from endo). Would it work if I continue to take it the way I am not getting a period?

    Thank you

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    Hi, Elizabeth. I really liked your article. I found a lot of useful things for myself. A couple of years ago my sister was diagnosed with a small cyst. Fortunately, she was cut out and she is healthy. We have very good doctors in Virginia. But after reading this article, I realized that many unpleasant things could have been avoided. Now I will be different to the folk methods. For some reason I always thought that all these herbs and supplements are something of magic. Maybe because my father is a pediatrician. Since childhood, they explained to me that the doctor knows best, but after reading the comments, I am increasingly convinced of the opposite. God Luck!

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    2 years ago I decided to have an ultra sound to determine why I suffered such debilitating menstrual cramps, my gyn only found a very small ovarian cyst and sent me on my way with some advil. a year later I started having chronic urinary type infections and on the 3rd visit was told I had a huge fibroid or cyst. I immediately had another ultra sound and found the cyst had grown to 7.5 centimeters. My gyn than wanted to do immediate surgery and explained that if they can’t drain it that most likely I would need a hysterectomy. When I asked why and how cyst occur, his only answer was that it is complicated. So I went home got on the Internet reviewed hundreds of web sites and found no reasonab

    • Dear Sirlimo,

      I am so sorry and very glad you have found this very guide and our site. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of why ovarian cysts occur and what you could consider doing naturally to support ovarian health. Cysts can often be drained and perhaps removed, but should not require a complete hysterectomy. Your other ovary, fallopian tubes and uterus may be fine. Have you sought a second opinion, another more caring doctor to work with? That might be helpful as well. You deserve to understand what is going on with your body!

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    I just came across this article while I was trying to find natural ways to shrink cysts, and preventing them from re-occurring. On Tuesday morning I had to go to the ER due to a severe abdominal pain. The CT scan & sonogram revealed a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst on my right and a big 5cm in diameter on my left. I don’t want to use Birth control as an option since I want to try to get pregnant. I am trying to find ways to do this naturally. Would this be an issue if trying to get pregnant? Should I follow this guide, get check for cyst and work on getting pregnant? I am not really sure where to start and my OBGYN was not of a lot of help. Advice is appreciated Andrea

    • Dear Paula,

      If what we share here resonates with you, you could certainly follow it given what I know.

      The most common ovarian cysts form in place of an egg ovulating. They may not happen each cycle, but when these do conception can not happen as ovulation does happen. If it has been determined that you have “Other Types of Ovarian Cysts” as shared above, these may need additional action to remedy.

      I can’t help but wonder if you may benefit from personalized support through a Fertility Consultation. By booking a Natural Fertility Consultation you will have access to: an herbalist who is assigned to you, answers to all of your questions, a detailed plan created specifically for you to get the best results with your Natural Fertility program. Many people consider this when they are looking to support many different areas of their reproductive wellness so they can get a plan tailored specifically to their needs and don’t have to guess or put together a plan for themselves that may not be as effective.

      My [email protected]

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    How can Ovarian Cyst be cured naturally?

    • Dear Chimene,

      This very guide is designed to help you learn about natural therapies to support healthy ovarian function, ovulation and try to prevent ovarian cysts from occurring in place of ovulation. It is our best resource as a starting point. I hope it is helpful!

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    Thank you for this article! Last night I had to go to the emergency room for severe abdominal pain. The CT scan revealed a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst. When the hospital told me if I have repeats I could go on birth control, I knew I would be researching better herbal options. I have tested to have too much Estrogen, so this article is just what I needed. I was already doing Milk Thistle, progesterone cream and Maca, but I will up my regularity. Since it was just last night I still have a huge swollen belly, will the Castor OIl help with the inflammation. I have taken a high level of Turmeric today and no change yet. Thank you for so freely sharing this valuable information. Robin

    • Hi Robin!

      I am very sorry to hear of all you’ve been through! Ruptured cysts hurt so very bad… I’m sorry you have to know that.

      It is going to take time for Turmeric to work. It’s effect are not going to be instant. Be gentle today and for the next few days. You’re body is trying very hard to heal!
      Some ideas… Warm or cool packs may feel good. Gentle abdominal massage would be okay, as would Castor Oil packs in a couple of day and if you are not bleeding at all (I’m not sure I’d start them just yet). German Chamomile essential oil is known to be helpful for pain, so consider learning about that. Learn also about Systemic Enzyme therapy. There’s a blue hyperlink in the paragraph above that will take you to more information.

      Know that for some cysts are very random and may not happen again. I hope this is the case for you!

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      Robin, I’ve been to emergency for ruptured cysts twice and dealt with 2 at home in the last 2 years. I’ve just started on DIM 2 weeks ago and my face/skin has never been clearer, even all over my body which was covered in acne. I did a castor oil pack for the first time Monday night during ovulation, and the next night I was in the same excruciating pain – just got back from the ER today (I reallllly wanted to ride this out at home) and confirmed another ruptured cyst. I personally will never do a castor oil pack during ovulation again because I’m prone to follicular cysts, I think the castor oil did its job a little too well, but will try in a few days to help with healing of this rupture.

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    I have been experiencing chronic pain for a year and half on my left pelvic side. It has been present ever since I started ttc. I have undergone 2 failed IUIs and 1 failed IVF. I have also undergone a laproscopy/hystroscopy indicating I have tiny endometriosis. I have also done an MRI showing a have few cysts on my ovaries. I’m 23 years old and at this point I’m not sure what more I can do.

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    I am 45 years and married. 11 years we are trying become parents of a beautiful girl or a boy. But….Once I am i got pregnant but after 7 weeks there is no growth. we are trying IUI & IVF but nothing happen. Now i have a cyst in my right ovary quite big 5.8 x 5.5 x 7 cm. Doctor told may be cystadenoma. Doctor advised CA-125 test, the value is 49. I have no symptoms my periods will be late last month. Doctor told me to go for laproscopic surgery. Is the cyst is more serious? I am expecting your kind reply.
    Thanks & Regards
    Ambily Subramani

    • Dear Ambily,

      I’m sorry to hear of what you are going through!

      I have to defer to your doctor about the seriousness of the cyst for you. I can not know this. There are times when cysts can damage the ovary, so perhaps this is why he/sh suggested the procedure. Could the cyst be a result of taking IUI/IVF medications? Do reach out to him/her to ask all of your questions.

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    Since about an year ago I have been getting progressively painful cramps during my periods, and recently found out that I have a cyst in each of my ovaries which are surrounded by follicles. A fertility doctor wanted me to get another endovaginal scan in 6 weeks to check and see if the size of the cysts will change or the cysts disappears. He suspects the cysts may be causing the abdominal pain and sometimes constipation. I wanted to know if I can take Vitex to help with the pain and to balance out my hormone levels? Also is it safe if I take vitex if I tend to have high progestorone levels during certain phases of my cycle?

    • Dear Su,

      This very guide contains tips and natural therapies to learn more about, Vitex included. Do be sure if you try it and later go for another scan, that your doctor knows all you were doing in the event there is success and things change.

      Progesterone is supposed to be higher in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, so I am not sure there needs to be concern. Taking Vitex all cycle long without taking a break is what we have found to be most effective.

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    Can I take maca? I had surgery last Aug because of 12cm ovarian cystic teratoma (dermoid). Right ovary and fallopian also removed. I want to prevent reoccurence of cyst on my remaining ovary. Is maca good ?

    • Dear Louise,

      You’re asking a Maca lover… :-). Maca is a wonderfully nourishing fertility superfood. I don’t know a reason not to consider it as a part of a natural fertility program given what I know. It is not all we suggest when battling a fertility health issue, but can be helpful. I hope the other tips outlined in this guide sound doable as well.

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    what is your opinion about use of herbs for ovary and uterus cleaning…
    E.g. Balanceuticals Ovary and Uterus clean 500 mg capsules

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    I was diagnosed with 6 cm cyst in my ovary called out as “ovoid hypoechoic structure” and my Dr is thinking its water filled but its not clear in the report from the radiologist. Does castor oil pack or progesterone cream or the systemic enzyme help in this case ?
    Are progesterone cream or the systemic enzyme available in regular stores ?
    Please advise. Thank you

    • Dear Ann,

      Yes, from what I know “ovoid hypoechoic structure” typcially does mean cyst filled with fluid in an oval shape. With that I am not a medical doctor or able to know for certain of course. It has been our experience that the body responds to natural therapies well when functional ovarian cysts are the issue. Given what I know the program outlined in this guide could be considered. Fertilica Natural Progesterone cream, a natural bio-identical progesterone cream that also contains balancing herbs for women is available only from the Natural Fertility Shop. For Systemic Enzyme Therapy, we suggest Wobenzym N which is available from the Natural Fertility Shop, as well as other retailers.

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    Hello, I have had a hysterectomy, ovaries left in… and I am having some painful ovarian cysts. The dr. has confirmed one on each side but isn’t sure why they are painful. These suggestions by you will still be helpful? Thank you.

    • Dear Callie,

      I am sorry!

      They may be helpful. To be honest, the only real way we’ll know is if you try them. Whatever you decide to try, I hope you find relief very soon!

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    Hi, please i was diagnosed with complex ovarian cyst and multiple fibroids. I read in an article that complex ovarian cyst doesnt respond to natural treatment. could this be true? I would actually prefer the natural treatment. Please advice me on what to do.

    • Dear Ifunanya,

      I’m sorry to share that we know this to be true. That’s not to say natural therapies can not be helpful, it’s just that a medical and natural approach may need to be considered. Each case is so different that we can’t say for sure.

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    I highly suspect an ovarian cyst. Pain is worsened after eating soy and is helped by castor oil packs. I will be going to doctor next week. Can it cause back and hip pain? Mostly, I’m wondering if you have heard that ovarian cysts are caused by a potassium deficiency? I am 41 and this would be my first cyst. I find it interesting that over the last couple of months, I have significantly increased sodium in my diet, and I know that sodium and potassium must be in balance or else they cause problems. Please share your thoughts.

    • Dear Jenn,

      I have read others believe that some ovarian cysts may be linked to potassium deficiency, yet I have not seen the research. I’d be curious to hear how your symptoms subside after reducing soy and salt in your diet, while eating more potassium-rich foods.

      The pain with ovarian cysts may not be localized and no two women experience them the same. I would think lower back pain could be possible.

      It’s great that you are checking in with your doctor!

      I hope this passes quickly!

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    Hi,I had an ovarian cyst and I went for operation and now it has acur on the other side.please I don’t want operation the second time I have one mouth to go for another control the first scan show it 52 mm and the second show 42 mm.please advise me on any herb or medication that will make it shrink because I am scared for my life.i don’t mestrat any more because my wum have taken out.please I need advise on what to take to make it shrink

    • Hello!

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I am sorry for what you’ve been through and for how scared you are!

      This very guide shares tips to consider. Be sure to also be monitored by your doctor however, as although you are scared, a cyst of any size can need medical attention.

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    Hi. i came across your post and just want to get your suggestion. i have been diagnosed with pcos. im 25. but the doctor keep asking me to take birth control and its nothing to worry. when i took the birth control pill i put on weight. after that i stopped and its almost a year since i had my menstrual. i am currently on herbal medication but also no sign of period. even my current doctor (herbal) suggest i take birth control for one or two months then stop for couple of months and let my body adjust. is this a good way should i take the pill again? i mean i would prefer not to take birth control. but do you think i should just for a couple months then see if my body can adapt?

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    Hi. I need your help asap.. Last 6 mos ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and was given a pill, Eurothyrox 50ug. However, this pill doesn’t help me because my last lab result was a bit high TSH of 5something before its 6 plus I have side effects while taking this. I wanted to stop this and search natural remedy to cure my hormonal imbalance. Also, I was diagnosed with 3x3cm simple paraovarian cyst and PCOD. I wonder if this method can help? Or can you suggest a better option, I am really worried that it caused my blood pressure to rise and was given another pill for that. I mean, I want a natural remedy, Im only 32 and yet I suffer this. I make changes on my diet and lifestyle already.

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    Hi, I have cyst that is 3.2 x 2.5cm on my right ovary and I am also pregnant. Are there any safe, natural things that I can use to help reduce the size of my cyst? Also, what would you suggest to use to assist me with pain?

    I forgot to also mention that I am early in my pregnancy (8 weeks).

    • Dear Ana,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am sorry though that the cyst is causing pain. It truly is going to be best to work with and midwife or natural health practitioner. So many herbs aren’t studied in pregnancy and due to this we can’t freely suggest they be use without guidance.

      With that however, consider learning about the herbal supplement UteriCalm. The herbs in it can be used through the first trimester of pregnancy. Learn about the uses of UteriCalm here…

      I wish you ease in this pregnancy and the very best!

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    Hi. I hope you can help.

    I am 26 yrs old and was recently diagnose with follicular cyst on my left ovary with the size of 4.3x 3.1 cm with free fluid on my pelvis which the doctor suspected that I was pregnant but the results was negative and she says it was an infection- not clearly mentioned/ explained from where I got it. Anyhow, she gave me an antibiotics for a week to take and after that I was advised to have a surgery for my cyst after I finished the antibiotics. Question is. Is it necessary to have a surgery given the fact that the cyst is still small? or is there any way that I can take any medication first before I proceed to the surgery?

    Would greatly appreciate your response.

    • Hello Ann!

      I hope you are feeling well!

      Surgery is a personal choice. It can be helpful for women who experience side effects/symptoms of a cyst or in cases where there could be damage to the ovary (of the cyst were to rupture). Yet not all women have surgery. Some do choose to try natural therapies for a while before surgery. This guide explains more about the natural therapies to learn about.

      My best as you choose the right path for you!

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    Hi, Dr has removed my fibroid and 2 cysts in my ovaries(endometriosis)last mth. The Dr asked me to take Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs) or Progesterones. i know the side effects and i’m still considering. What is your products that you can recommend to take prevent them to re-curr?pls advise. thanks

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    my neighbour has 1 large ovaryan cyst in right side. size 11 cm. tell me any solution for me.

    • Dear Kasturi,

      The steps in the very guide may be helpful. Often with large cysts, doctors will monitor the woman’s health and suggest surgical removal. This may be necessary in order for the body to heal and to save the ovary. The good news is that natural therapies can be used after many types of treatment options, which may greatly help to improve outcome and prevent recurrence.

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    My wife has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, What complete Kit we can use to work the cyst, I have taken time to research on this wed I am more than confident that I have found the answers I was looking for the past 12 years.
    Your assistance is greatly appreciated.Best regards.

    • Dear Steve,

      I encourage her to consider all the tips in the very guide! This is because dietary and lifestyle changes which are equally as important as any herb, supplement or natural therapy one can take. It is known that the body better responds to the effects of herbs and supplements when the diet and lifestyle are optimal, or at the very least effort is being made to reach the state of optimal.

      Consider then learning about Ovarian Health supplements here…

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    i m from India .My mom is suffering from a 3 cm unilocular thin walled cyst which is seen in left ovary.before few years ago she had also two cyst in her womb and she had gone under a surgery.can u help with us?

    • Dear Avneet,

      It may be best to discuss with her doctor given her age if he thinks it will resolve on its own or not. The tips in this guide could be considered if she is otherwise healthy (herbs are not to be combined with medication should she be on any without guidance from a trained herbalist/healthcare provider).

      My best to her!

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    I am searching for effective herbal treatment for my 20-year-old daughter who is diagnosed with ovarian cysts just today. Her doctor wants to give her oral contraceptives for 6 months but I know that these have their side effects and do not treat the cysts in the first place.
    While searching for an effective and safe medication, I stumbled upon your website and found the following combination for ovarian cysts treatment:
    1. DIM
    2. Maca
    3. Systemic Enzyme Therapy
    Please let me know:
    1. Is it safe for my unmarried daughter of 20 to take this combination?
    2. Will it have any side effects on her married life later?
    Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
    Best Regards

    • Dear Quen Jena,

      Fertilica DIM Complete, Fertilica Maca and Systemic Enzyme Therapy with Wobenzym N can be combined with no known side effects. A 20-year-old woman can use them all, and the hope is that when she chooses begin family planning she will no longer experience ovarian cysts and conceive with ease.

      My best to your daughter!

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    Hi, thanks for your article. I was reading it and have a few questions. I have had cysts for about three or four years now and just started taking DIM last year. My question is that my multivitamin contains Dong Quai and Red Clover both of which Web MD says may act like estrogen in the body. My question is should I be taking these if they act like estrogen when I am taking DIM to try to lower my estrogen and balance my hormones? Confused about this since most of the herbs are said to act like estrogen. If you could help I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

    • Hello Kelsey!

      You are welcome! I am glad you asked your questions.

      These herbs can be taken with DIM and I hope to clearly explain why.

      DIM is known to promote estrogen metabolism (of endogenous, not natural or “bad” estrogens) and healthy estrogen balance. It supports the body’s ability to process and remove excess estrogen (not the good estrogen) and to help the body achieve hormone balance across the board.

      With that, in order to promote healthy estrogen balance within our bodies, we have to consider how herbal phytoestrogens also protect us from harmful xenoestrogens (toxins) and these bad, excess estrogens. These come from human-made chemicals (herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to name a few) and are found in conventional foods, personal and body care products, paper products, etc… a great many of the things many use in their daily lives.

      So, DIM with protection from plants can together help the body achieve hormonal balance, including healthy estrogen levels.

      I hope that helps!

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    I have a friend who gets ovarian cysts, she says they are of the functional variety, but I am not sure what type specifically. She is almost 17 years old, and only a few weeks ago did she find out that her uterus is misshapen, almost resembling a valentines heart shape. She has very heavy periods, and has been on birth control off and on for months at least to try and regulate the pain, flow, etc. She is tired of taking birth control though, and said she’d be willing to try the natural route. My question is- would treatment be different because of her unique uterus, or would these things still be beneficial, providing some sort of relief?

    • Dear Sophia,

      I’m sorry to hear of what your friend is going through!

      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.

      As a teen, she is still developing in many ways, including hormonally. We cannot suggest our products because there are too many changes taking place in their developing bodies. Learn more in our guide Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices

      All that said, she could consider learning more about Mayan abdominal massage or fertility massage. Perhaps there is a massage therapist who practices either therapeutic massage near her.

      My best!

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    I am 56 years old and have not had a period in 2 years. My daughter was born 16.5 years ago by C-section and the doctors told me I had a cyst back then. The cyst is starting to cause me pain and I feel nauseas. I do eat soy and use estroven to help with weight loss and hot flashes. What’s the best regimen for someone like me?

    • Dear Latifa,

      I’m sorry this is even a concern! Have you considered talking to your doctor about whether soy consumption and Estroven use may be a cause?

      The program in this guide was created for women in their reproductive years, those still naturally producing estrogen. It would be best to be guided by a practitioner skilled in working with women in menopause, one who can help you with the regimen asked for. Consider reaching out to the team at either or Healthy Healing, or a practitioner near you.

      My best!

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    After six months of marriage, my wife caught ovarian cyasta. Doctors do recommend taking hormone pills. Three months after intake is reduced by half (from 7.8 cm 3. cm). But instead of taking the pill for two months after it comes back up again. What I do not understand

    • Dear Tanjiba,

      By “hormone pills” do you mean “birth control”? If so, birth control does not help the body achieve hormonal balance to prevent the formation of ovarian cysts. We believe that helping the body balance hormones and maintain balance by using natural therapies is the best approach to preventing ovarian cysts.

      This guide shares of herbs, supplements and natural therapies to consider, but also dietary and lifestyle changes which are equally as important as anything one can take. Consider reviewing this guide again if you wish for a natural approach to your wife’s fertility health.

      My best!

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    Can ovarian cyst be cured naturally?

    • Dear Sporia,

      We know and have worked with many women who have helped their bodies maintain healthy ovarian function. Here in the United States we are restricted on how we talk about natural therapies as they are not classified as drugs and are not traditionally prescribed to cure.

      We feel this program outlined in this guide would be worth consideration.

      My best!

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    I have a cist that is 2cm big I don’t Remember how long it was but my dr put me on the birth control pill I have been on it for 2 months I want to get off the pill but don’t know what will happen

    • Dear Stacy,

      Perhaps a follow-up evaluation will help you know how birth control has worked. I can not know what will happen when birth control is stopped either, but the program we outline in this guide could be considered to support the body in healing and preventing another cyst from forming.

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    mam recently i went for a sonography and the doctor told me i have T.O. mass left side in overy of nearly 5 cm size………..i m 23 and unmarried……kindly suggest what i shud do and wil there b side effects of this on my future life

    • Dear Akanksha,

      I am sorry to hear this! I am not sure I know what T.O. mass means. Is this an ovarian cyst or a mass from something like scar tissue, etc.?

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    • Dear Marejoy,

      I am sorry to hear this!

      I first am required to tell you that I am not a doctor and we do not have a doctor on staff. We are a team of natural fertility specialists, nutritionists and herbalists.

      Before considering trying any natural therapies, it will be best to know the form of tumor/cyst. Should it be benign and a result of ovulation (this happens to many women), the tips in this very guide could be considered.

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    dear doc
    i am 23 years old and the doctor told me i have an ovarian cyst of a size 2.1 cm and i had natural miscarriage of 14 days pregnancy i didn’t even know why and now it has been 3 months since i saw my period what should i do

    • Dear Rahewa,

      I do first need to share that I am not a medical doctor and that we do not have a medical doctor on staff. I am so sorry for your loss!

      The suggestion under the heading How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally could be considered. Watch for the link “Click here to purchase a kit that contains these products…”.

      Sadly there are many times women miscarry and there isn’t a reason why. Sometimes it simply just happens! I hope you have emotional support and know that you can keep moving forward and have a healthy pregnancy.

      Take care!

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    2 year back i gone throw laparoscopy cyst operation.but one manth back again twinkling pain in my ovaries.what is the reason for this can you please tell me.

    • Dear Rita,

      Some women experience twinges of pain when ovulation happens. Are you near ovulation? It could be that another cyst has formed as well. If you think this may be happening, reach out to your healthcare provider. He/she is best able to help you know what might be happening.

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    Hi there,
    i would like to know if there is any natural way to get rid of chocolate cysts?
    i have 3 chocolate cysts now

    • Dear Heng,

      Chocolate cysts are known to be caused by endometriosis. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing not only endometriosis and chocolate cyce growth, but also hormonal imbalance which then can cause a myriad of symptoms. Consider learning more about natural therapies known to benefit those with endometriosis here:

      This will be a helpful place to start!

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    I have PCOS and since stopping the pill have over 50 ovarian cysts and acne on my face. My hormone tests are in the normal range but my doctor think the testosterone is slowly rising and wants me to take a combined pill to control this. You talk about high estrogen but what do you recommend for high testosterone please and would you recommend I follow the above regime as well? Thanks

    • Dear Claire,

      The suggestions in this guide may still apply and be of great value, particularly the dietary and lifestyle suggestions. Then, we recently published a guide, Fertility: Why Women Need Testosterone, that defines the role of testosterone in women’s fertility health and explains how to support healthy testosterone levels.

      If your are still unsure of where to start or wondering what natural therapies may be best for your needs, we offer Fertility Consultations. You may value working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can create with you a 3-6 month natural fertility program. Learn more about our Natural Fertility Consultation Program here...

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    Just been diagnosed of ovary cyst: left ovary is enlarged measures about 14mls containing multiples follicles of more than 12 and less than 10mm in size. The right ovary is enlarged containing a thick walled complex cyst is mass measures 34/22mm about 17ml. What traditional treatment can I use?

    • Dear Alvinna,

      I am sorry you have been faced with this challenge! Were you able to discuss with your healthcare provider why this is happening for you? When sharing measurements in ml (milliliter), this makes me wonder of this is a fluid measurement, meaning the cysts appear fluid filled. If this is the case, we do feel it is best to work with your doctor or a natural healthcare provider regarding these types of cysts. In fact given the size of the cysts, you will want to be closely monitored.

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    Thanks for the article! I noticed that you included Maca in the daily 3 step regimen. You mention a plethora of supportive herbal options. How do you know which one is best? I have been taking red maca for one year at 4/day. An ultrasound last week revealed a 2″ ovarian cyst and uterine polyps. My paps and endometrial biopsy were negative. So, test results are good.

    My question is, should I switch to another herb in lieu of Maca? I have pain, cramping and bloating. It comes and goes. Pain is bad at night but last night it was a little better after trying vinegar, castor oil, epsom salt bath, essential oils, no carbs & fresh organic veggies.


    • Dear Rebecka,

      Maca can be very beneficial, as you have read in this guide. We do however suggest using the golden Maca. Black and red Maca are known to be more stimulating and higher in iodine, which can be problematic to thyroid health (providing too much iodine). So, if you wish to continue taking Maca, it may be best to either switch to the golden Maca or work with an herbalist who can guide you in proper use of red Maca.

      Then, consider revisiting the guide to find the link “Click here to purchase a kit that contains these products…”, as well as review the “Summary” for daily summary of what we have learned may be best for those wanting to naturally support healthy ovarian function, as well as a 3-month program.

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs through a Fertility Consultation.

      I am so thankful you felt better last night with the help of natural therapies! It may also be worth considering continuing those moving forward.

      Take care!

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    I had my right ovary taken off 8 years ago due to a large cyst. Now, I’m 28 yrs old and found out that I have a 5cm cyst on my left ovary. I don’t have any children and do intend to have them one day (God willing). However, the pain in becoming debilitating and more frequent which makes me want to remove the cyst but I know there’s a possibility that they will have to take my last ovary out if the cyst is too big. The doctor says it has nothing to do with my hormones and it’s just unfortunate that this had to happen to me and put me on birth control – Microgestin. How effective will birth control be on the 5cm cyst and can I use the natural treatments you’ve described in this post?

    • Dear Kim,

      I am sorry for what you have been through! I am sorry I can not know the effectiveness of birth control. Herbs and nutritional supplements could be considered when birth control is stopped. Dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to toxins and xenohormones can be started at any time, as could the natural therapy, Castor Oil Packs.

      It will be very important if you choose to explore the idea of surgery that you find a doctor/specialist who is willing to talk through the procedure and how you desire to keep your ovary and have children.

      I wish you all the best!

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    Hi Elizabeth, I have just be diagnosed with a small cyst, i’m perimenopausal and have been bleeding now for 4months……I’ve tried many things to stop the bleeding but no luck as yet. I am taking natural progesterone cream for the past week and the doctor has put me on the contraceptive pill (2 a day and he has told me to up the dose to 4) I’m not happy about being on these. Is it advisable to take all of your suggestions of supplements and herbs at the same time apart from the castor oil? or do I start with some and then continue after a period of time with others? I look forward to hearing from you and hearing your advise. Many thanks Cynthia

    • Hello Cynthia!

      I am sorry to hear about what you are going through!

      I would suggest, rather than try to find each herb listed here, revisiting this article to find the phrase, Click here to purchase a kit that contains these products… and click that. You are correct, Castor Oil Therapy would be best saved until bleeding is under control and “normal’ again.

      Know also that vitamins A & C, Vitex and liver supporting herbs have shown support for cases of prolonged bleeding. The product Slow Flow contains astringent herbs that help to slow blood flow and vitamins A, C and K. It is available from the Natural Fertility Shop if interested in learning more.