Ovarian Cyst

Fluid-filled sacs (cysts) often form on the ovaries. There are several different types of ovarian cysts, the most common being functional cysts. Often, ovarian cysts do not cause symptoms. You may not realize you have one until you visit your ob-gyn for a routine exam. Ovarian cysts can cause problems if they twist, bleed, or rupture. So it’s important to have regular gynecologic exams so that any problems can be diagnosed and treated. Follow the links below to find WebMD’s comprehensive coverage about ovarian cysts, what they look like, how to treat them, and much more. (WEBMD)

Home treatment can help relieve the discomfort of functional ovarian cysts.

Use heat, such as a hot water bottle, heating pad, or warm bath, to relax tense muscles and relieve cramping. Be careful not to burn yourself.

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Use pain relievers you can get over-the-counter. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as Advil or Aleve), and aspirin (such as Bayer) are all pain medicines you can buy without a prescription.

Herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint, raspberry, and blackberry, may help soothe tense muscles and anxious moods.

Empty your bladder as soon as you have the urge to urinate.

Avoid constipation. Constipation does not cause or treat ovarian cysts but may further increase your pelvic discomfort. (WEBMD)