Yoga Exercises To Reduce Ovarian Cysts

By Patricia | February 10, 2009
Ovarian Cysts: Yoga Treatment

There are conventional ways of treating ovarian cysts, which can be complemented with alternative therapies like diet and yoga. Let's first understand more about ovarian cysts.

These are sacs filled with fluid and are common in women who are of a reproductive age. While there are several types of ovarian cysts, many of which do not even need treatment; there are some types of cysts which need to be treated through medication or surgery.

There are various kinds of cysts –

  • Functional cysts: These generally reduce in size and disappear after a few menstrual cycles. It rarely happens in women who are in the menopausal stage.
  • Dermoid cysts: These cysts are made up of all sorts of tissues like skin and hair.
  • Endometrioma cysts: These happen when a tissue like the uterus lining, attaches itself to the ovaries.
  • Cystadenoma cysts: These cysts form from cells and are found on the outer surface of the ovaries.
  • Polycystic ovaries: These are formed from a deposit of follicle cysts that finally make the ovaries thicker. Because of this the ovaries become larger and an outer covering is formed on it. This causes fertility problems and can cause problems in ovulation.

Symptoms:

Many times there are no symptoms; but some of the common symptoms of ovarian cysts are –

  • A dull ache in the abdomen as well as pressure or fullness in the region.
  • Intercourse can be painful and generally there can be pain in the pelvic region.
  • Delayed periods, irregular periods, or painful menstruation can be some of the other symptoms.

Diagnosis:

Apart from the symptoms, the doctor will do a pelvic examination or an ultrasound or a laparoscopy.

Treatment:

The treatment depends upon the age of the woman, the type of cyst and other such factors. Medicines, hormones or sometimes surgery are generally prescribed to women.

Yoga exercises to help women with ovarian cysts: Some of the yoga asanas that one can do to cure ovarian cysts are –

  • The patient should try yoga postures that involve lying on the back, sitting postures or standing postures. Women with ovarian cysts should avoid prone or inverted postures.
  • Shavasna or the corpse posture is good for this condition. If done a few times a day, this can relax the body and the mind, which goes a long way in treating this problem.
  • Pranayama exercises are also good for women with ovarian cysts. Some of the breathing exercises that you can try include, Ujjayi or Ocean Breath; Anuloma-Viloma or Alternate Nostril Breathing; and, Mild Kapalabhatti or Skull cleansing.
  • A Sattvic and Yogic diet is recommended at this time – simple, vegetarian food can help the body cure itself.
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