for Ovarian Cysts
If you have pain
in your ovaries, you should always seek treatment and diagnosis from a
doctor. There can be many serious causes of ovarian pain including ectopic
pregnancies, cysts and cancer. I believe the first time I had ovarian
pain it was caused by a vitamin K deficiency. The second time the
vitamin K rich foods didn't help but the following treatments completely
alleviated the pain.
Last summer I
had problems with both heavy menstrual periods and ovarian pain. Unlike
in the past, more vitamin K in my diet wasn't helping this time. I tried
different diet and exercise variations, and the following treatments are
what seemed to work. I also noticed during this time that my pH was very
acid and my blood pressure was high, which was unusual for
I tested my pH
during the time I was having problems with heavy periods and ovarian pain
and my pH was extremely acid. My blood pressure was also high. I had been
trying to lose weight and was eating different foods than I normally eat, including
lots of salads with dressing. My change in diet and exercise habits must
not have been good for me overall, even though I had been losing weight.
To correct the
bleeding and pain problems, I
switched to a diet low in salt, fat and processed foods and high in alkaline
fruits and vegetables. I also cut back on the salads since that is what
I had been eating a lot of prior to my health issues. That seemed to help
both the bleeding and the pain. The foods I ate frequently during this healing
- Sweet potatoes
I ate the above foods because
they are alkaline forming and also good for high blood pressure. The foods
that made me worse during this time were yogurt with active cultures,
cheese and salty foods. I also became much worse after taking a probiotic
/ acidophilus supplement.
I tried not to eat too much
fat during this time to keep my estrogen levels low, since estrogen can
be one cause of heavy periods. I also avoided processed foods. I ate numerous servings of potatoes and bananas because they are high in vitamin B6, which can
help to reduce high estrogen levels.
Model Elle Macpherson carries pH paper with her to keep her urine acid. On a more scientific note, a 2012 article in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health recommended that it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to for health improvement and prevention of chronic diseases.
I noticed that very slow paced
walking reduced both the bleeding and the pain. It was a bit ironic, because
the last thing I felt like doing during this time was any type of exercise.
Yet walking helped a great deal. Since I wasn't feeling all that well,
I would just walk around the back yard or in front of the TV for about
2,000 steps at a time, tracking the steps carefully with a pedometer.
When I would stop walking for
any length of time the bleeding would return. So for a few days I would
set my alarm and walk every few hours, even during the night. I am not
entirely sure why it worked, but I can think of two possible reasons.
The first is that perhaps my estrogen levels were too high and the exercise
helped lower them. The second was that maybe the walking improved my circulation.
In any event walking had an immediate effect and the more I walked the
better I felt.
I also think some of the ovarian pain issues were simply from tight muscles
on the right side of my body pressing on my ovary. In hindsight I suspect
the tight muscles were preventing a natural circulation of body fluids
in and around my ovaries, causing a fluid filled cyst to form. As I had
been trying to lose weight I had been doing more walking and dancing instead
of my normal, muscle relaxing yoga routines. I now believe
this tightened up the muscles in my hips and waist area which then pressed
on my ovary.
Relaxing the muscles in my
groin area, hips and buttocks helped. The first technique I tried was
to place a hot water bottle over my right ovary. I would just lay on the
couch and watch TV for an hour or two with the hot water bottle in place
and this helped reduce the pain.
The next muscle relaxation
technique I tried was trigger point therapy. I have some hard plastic
balls with bumps on them called Goosebumps and I would just lay on my
back and roll my right hips and buttocks over the Goosebump balls. If
you don't have any special muscle relaxation balls, a tennis ball will
do, too. One of my web site readers even used hard rubber dog toys to press on
her trigger points for muscle relaxation.
The third thing I tried that
also ended up being helpful was yoga. The
posture that helped the ovarian pain were the same ones that helped my
sciatica. A list can be found here.
rotator stretch also helped a great deal.
The first time I had a severe
incidence of ovarian pain it was corrected by eating more vitamin K rich
foods. Later in life I had another episode of similar pain on my right
side where I was officially diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. Other symptoms
that occurred during this second episode with the cyst were an acid pH,
high blood pressure and heavy menstrual bleeding.
On this second occasion the
natural treatments that helped my cyst and other symptoms were:
1. Diet changes to make my
diet more alkaline and lower my blood pressure. This included eating more:
- Low fat foods
- Alkaline fruits and vegetables
- Sweet potatoes
- And avoiding yogurt, cheese,
and salty foods
2. Walking every few hours,
approximately 2,000 steps at a time. This caused an immediate reduction
in both the pain and bleeding. Sitting at my PC seemed to make the pain
worse, probably because of muscles being pulled in less than optimal directions
and the impediment of my circulation.
3. Relaxation of the muscles
in my groin, hip and buttock areas on my right side.
- Hot water bottle over right
ovary while laying down
- Trigger point therapy on
right side hips and buttocks
- Yoga postures
I don't know if these techniques
would help anyone else, but it may give other women some food for thought.
I would also recommend for others with ovarian pain to keep a food, activity and pain journal to try to find what makes the
pain better and what makes it worse. I came up with this list through
a lot of trial and error until a had an extensive list of actions that
all seemed to help.
And of course, any time you have ovarian pain see your doctor first to
rule out cancer or any other serious medical causes. I was told I had
a small cyst and no medical treatment was necessary, however the natural
treatments above alleviated the pain, the heavy menstrual
bleeding and lowered my high blood pressure.