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Ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts along with PCOS are becoming more and more common amongst females of all ages. Some females do not even realise they have cysts as it can be mistaken for the monthly ovulation pain. I do often ask my patient if they feel ovulation pain, get to know what the ovulation pain feels like whether it's sharp, stabbing, dull or lingering, whether heat, cold or pressure makes it worse or better. That way, if there are any other unusual pain you would be able to differentiate if you are suffering from anything else such as cysts.

Cysts are a fluid filled sac that will develop on the ovaries. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their lifetime. In most cases, cysts are painless and cause no symptoms. However, symptoms will appear as the cyst grows and will include:

- Nausea and vomiting.

- Breast tenderness.

- Painful intercourse.

- Abdominal pain or swelling.

- Painful bowel movements and it's important to know what your bowels look like, smell like, shape and colour.

- Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle.

- Pain in the lower back or thighs.

If you do have cysts, see your TICM doctor who should be able to do hijama wet cupping on your fertility points. During the procedure, you will feel intense pain in your uterus which may shoot down your legs like sciatica pain as the cysts are being pulled out and out through the fertility points and into the cup. You may hear actual popping, which I have had with one sister who had multiple cysts on both ovaries.

If you prefer not to opt for hijama wet cupping, then your TICM doctor could prescribe you herbal medicine to disperse the cysts.

If the cysts do rupture on the other hand, you will have intense abdominal pain or pressure, dizziness, low grade fever, bleeding or nausea. If these symptoms occur then go immediately to the emergency department.

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