There are a number of different types of ovarian cysts in pregnancy, or when you are not pregnant for that matter. Whatever stage you are at, knowing the different types of cysts is very helpful so you can plan your course of action, and whether you need to take any at all. So before you rush off, or panic, or take any next steps take a look at the different type of ovarian cysts that you can develop during pregnancy.
Functional Cysts – These are probably the most common cysts, and are really an overarching category of cysts. They can often come and go, many are not dangerous or painful, but they all have the capability of becoming more problematic. There are 3 main types of functional cysts which are:
- Graafian Follicle Cysts - The most common of all the cysts. They can develop rapidly and usually tend to grow only for a short time before disappearing. It can be painful but it is rare that they stick around for very long.
- Corpus Luteum Cyst – These are usually much larger than the previous one listed. They are also in more danger of becoming a ruptured ovarian cyst. These cysts can take months to fade away, but for many women they hang around causing pain and worry during their pregnancy.
- Hemorrhagic Cyst - This can be extremely painful if you develop one of these cysts. They are formed when blood vessels rupture and the blood drains into the body of the cyst. These are bad news and will cause much pain. They need to be treated as soon as possible. This is because it has the greatest chance to continue growing and eventually rupturing. This burst cyst can then send the blood inside it into the ovary whch is very painful and in come cases can lead to infections!
Endometrial Cysts – This is a strange sort of ovarian cyst as it is caused by endometriosis. Sometimes a portion of the tissue from the uterine wall disconnects where it can find its way to the ovary where it begins to grow into a cyst. This can lead to pain, vaginal bleeding, headaches, and many other problems too.
Pathological Cysts – This is the biggest concern to yourself and your unborn child. They are typically very large and have the highest chance of becoming cancerous whereas most of the others have a very low chance of such and event. This sort of cyst, if it is not dealt with quickly might require emergency surgery. Some women have managed to change their lifestyle and diet and reduce these cysts on their own but surgery when they could be cancerous is an option.
I hope this have given you a better sense of the different types of ovarian cysts in pregnancy so when you see your doctor, you can feel more comfortable tal;king about them, and understanding what treatment options you might take. For all of them the book I promote on this site can help, but always see your doctor if you have any concerns. Click below if you would like more information on curing ovarian cysts without surgery or drugs though.
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I was never unfortunate enough to have a serious problem with my cysts while pregnant but a ruptured ovarian cyst and pregnancy are a very bad combination for an expectant mother.
- The chances of infection and hemorrhaging after a cyst ruptures is quite high
- A ruptured cyst can cause a premature birth which is dangerous to a child and moth
- A ruptured cyst can also cause a miscarriage which is every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare and is what terrified me every time I felt the pain of my ovarian cyst.
A ruptured cyst is also incredibly painful so if you feel sudden incredible pains in the abdominal area you should see a doctor immediatly and explain if you believe you have had a cyst so they can check on the health of your baby and your own ovarian health.
What can you do to avoid a ruptured ovarian cyst during pregnancy?
There are many options to get rid of ovarian cysts but most involve some sort of surgery which is a dangerous concept at any stage but especially when you are carrying a child. This may be a ‘quick’ fix but certainly not the best.
More natural ways to shrink ovarian cysts when pregnant are possible by changing what you eat and a whole other bunch of lifestyle factors that contribute to the hormonal fluctations that are the root cause of cyst development and growth.
The first and easiest place to start is with food in my opinion though and the short and simple answer is to eat more fruit and vegetables and vut out overly sugary and overly processed foods which are part and parcel of many women’s hormonal problems. It will also help keep your developing son or daughter healthier and give you an easier birth.
Ovarian cysts and pregnancy are not a good combination. The long term effects of this on you and your developing child are quite bad with many women suffering ruptured cysts or twisted cysts which can result in premature births or often a miscarriage!
The short term effects however are usually related to the pain of a cyst as it presses against your internal organs and against your growing child. Cysts can often grow larger and he pain if they are twisted can be intense to the point of agony. This is not just bad for you but the pain and stress you feel has a knock on effect to your baby who is completely linked in to your internal systems.
So to protect your child and yourself from this pain here are a few pain relief tips.
- Heat – Heat packs and hot water bottles are a good way to apply heat to your back where it can seep in to promote blood flow and ease pain. A hot bath can also help to relieve ovarian cyst pain and will relax you too which is important to de-stress.
- Massage – While it might seem like madness to apply pressure to an area being pressured by a cyst this does help to relax the muscles around that area and promote blood flow. This can reduce pain from ovarian cysts while pregnant.
- Avoid Pain Killers – Not so much a ‘to do’ thing but a word of advice. Pain killers can cause side effects that can be harmful to your child in some women and may make you feel quite ill. More natural pain relieving herbs such as white willow bark and even aromatherapy has been useful for many women to relieve pain and relax
However none of these will cure a swollen ovarian cyst. You must take action against your hormonal imbalance to shrink a cyst which takes a change in lifestyle and a dedication to it which should be an easy choice to make when your child’s life might be effected.
An ovarian cyst and pregnancy are not good news for yourself or for your unborn child. Knowing that you have an ovarian cyst while pregnant therefore is very important so that you can detect early on if you have a cyst and so can take action against it ASAP! If you do not detect early and act there is a chance those cysts can twist or rupture which can lead to a miscarriage.
Here are some ovarian cyst symptoms to be aware of when you are pregnant:
- Pelvic area pain
- Severe and sudden pain
- Pressure in the abdomen or pelvis (which is not your baby of course!)
- Aches in thighs and lower back
- Pain when urinating or with bowel movements
- Sensitivity of the breasts
Unfortunately many of these symptoms can be caused also by the pregnancy making discovering an ovarian cyst when pregnant a difficult thing to notice.
Generally feeling a pressure inside you that is not your baby kicking or just growing or the sudden pain is the only way to be suspicious of such an event. If you have any thoughts that you might have a cyst then you can get your doctor to perform an ultrasound to find out for certain if a cyst exists.