Ovary Pain: If Your Ovary Pain Is Severe, Seek Out The Help Of Your Medical Professional
All of us women have experienced ovary pain, particularly during our regular monthly cycles. And the same discomfort is experienced for all of us, pain that often occurs in the lower abdominal area of our bodies where our ovaries are located.
Occasional, mild ovary pain and discomfort is not usually a cause for concern. But sometimes this type of pain, particularly if it's severe and ongoing - might be a signal of an underlying problem.
The Role Of Our Ovaries
As women, we should remember that the ovaries play a vital part in our reproductive system. They produce the hormones that promote ovulation and menstruation. And they are located on each side of the uterus near the lower abdominal region.
If you experience ovary pain that is severe or ongoing it just might be the sign of an ovarian cyst. And this is the best time, to seek out the help of your medical doctor or OB/GYN.
Ovarian Cysts Are Not At All Uncommon
Ovarian cysts are more common than we even realize and often come and go unnoticed, throughout the course of our years. Although there are many different types of ovarian cysts, most are functional ovarian cysts.
A functional cyst is almost always benign and it forms when the follicle that contains the egg does not function properly. Sometimes the egg is not released as it usually does during ovulation.
Instead the follicle seals with the egg still in place and becomes an ovarian cyst. Other times the egg is released but the follicle does not dissolve and fills with fluid and also can become a cyst.
When a functional cyst goes unnoticed and grows in size and it becomes large it can cause ovary pain and also menstrual irregularities. So if you suffer from ongoing pain and discomfort. It's time to take notice.
Understanding Our Hormones And Stress
A hormone imbalance in our bodies can trigger the development of functional ovarian cysts that may cause ovary pain. The best advice, we can all take, is to learn about holistic treatment methods to address the hormonal imbalance.
There are many life style and dietary influences that can disrupt normal hormone balances in the body. Stress is a significant culprit in this equation.
Unremitting stress can actually disrupt hormone levels so severely that it can stop production of normal levels of hormones and cause any one of us to go through menopause earlier than we ordinarily would. So learning how to eliminate or at least reduce stress in our lives is something that will benefit us in more ways then one.
A Few Ways To Minimize Stress
We can reduce stress through regular exercise and healthy eating habits. This can help us avoid ovary pain and the development of ovarian cysts. Many of the foods we eat contain chemicals and preservatives that act like estrogens in our bodies. A build up of toxins in our bodies will make it sluggish, and make it a very slow process to get rid of impurities.
A diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes will help our hormone levels stay within a normal range and diminish the likelihood of ovary pain and cysts.
Women, who are overweight, eat processed foods and junk food and who have weakened immune systems are more likely to develop ovarian cysts. Taking a vitamin and mineral supplement as well as beneficial herbs can help protect them from this sometimes painful condition.
Symptoms Of A Cyst That Is Left Untreated
An ovarian cyst that is left untreated can cause severe ovary pain. If it is left unattended and does not dissolve on it's own, it may grow in size. When a cyst grows in size, it begins to put pressure on the bowel and bladder causing constipation and the frequent desire to urinate.
Pain is sometimes experience during intercourse. Lower abdominal pain on one side of the body (unless both ovaries are affected) may be experienced in the lower back with radiating pain down one leg.
This type of severe ovary pain should be attended to by a physician, without a second thought. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, changes in blood pressure or any severe pain is cause to seek out the help of your medical professional immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pain in lower left side at the end of the menstrual cycle.?
Today is day 3 of my period. For the past couple of months at this time of the month I have a moderate/severe pain in my lower left abdomen. It lasts a couple days off/on. It is worse when laying down. What could it be?
Severe pain in right side?
I am on vacation and the other night, while lying down, i had an extremely bad cramp in the right side of my lower abdomen, which left me screaming and crying in pain. My aunt, who is a nurse and in the cottage next door to us, heard my screams and came to see what was wrong. We cancelled out problems with my appendix, because it was a sudden pain and i had no other symptoms, plus it went away. I have been having problems with my bowel movements, I need to go to the doctor to see if I either have a food allergy or ibs, but it wasn't hurting like it generally does when I have an intestinal problem. Actually, it felt like a SEVERE menstrual cramp. I had no other symptoms, the cramping went away when I sat up and was replaced by a dull ache for the past few days. What does this problem sound like to you? Maybe an ovarian cyst?
Severe pain in the lower left abdominal area?
For two days I've had severe abdominal pain. At first I thought it was menstrual pain because I started my period yesterday, but it's become a lot worse, and doesn't feel like menstrual pain. Today I realised that the pain is much worse on the lower left side of my abdomen, it feels very tender and bruised. The pain is a constant, intense ache, with severe cramps every few minutes.
I have had problems before with stomach cramps and the Drs believe I have Coeliac disease, but I am now on a strict gluten free diet, and have not had any symptoms since. I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and have been on Dianette for many years, but have recently come off it. In the past two days I tried taking Naproxen and cocodamol for period pain, Mebeverine (which always worked before for my stomach cramps thats were caused by gluten), I also took senna and glycerol suppositories and tried colonic massage because I thought it could be a bowel obstruction. None of these things have worked. I know I should speak to my GP but she will just tell me to take Mebeverine, so I don't see the point.
Any advice from a medical professional would be much appreciated.
See your health care provider as soon as possible. Abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious condition. Fortunately, minor causes are much more frequent. Location of the pain can help in suggesting the cause.
Appendix pain usually occurs in the right lower quarter of the abdomen
Diverticulitis usually hurts in the left lower quarter of the abdomen
Kidney pain, the back
Gallbladder, the right upper quarter
Stomach, the upper abdomen
Bladder or female organs, the lower areas
Exceptions to these rules do occur.
Pain from hollow organs--such as the bowel or gallbladder--tends to be intermittent and resembles gas pains or colic. Pain from solid organs--kidneys, spleen, liver-- tends to be more constant. Stomach ulcers tend to create burning pain in the upper abdomen which usually gets better after a meal or a dose of antacid. There are exceptions to these rules as well.
Antacid treatment for heartburn, indigestion, or suspected stomach ulcer should usually begin with 500 mg of calcium carbonate (Tums, etc.) every four hours. You may also use liquid antacids and periodic drinks of nonfat milk. If antacids fail, try one of two nonprescription medications that help stop stomach acid secretion (Tagamet and Pepcid AC). And if these don't work either, a visit to the doctor is in order.
Celiac disease, most people respond well to a high-protein, high-calorie, gluten-free diet. Rice and corn are good substitutes for wheat, and anyvitaminn or mineral deficiencies can be corrected with oral preparations. Prognosis for full recovery is excellent. I hope this helps you. And good luck.