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Know All About The Causes of Ovarian Cysts

Jul 31, 2008
Ovarian cysts come about basically because of a failed or disordered ovulation. It is however important to know the causes for their formation. When the follicle cannot release an egg and keeps on growing - this is when the cyst gets formed. The cyst also gets formed when the place where the egg gets released is blocked even after it is released by the follicle. Because of this the corpus luteum cannot be formed and a cyst to appear. It has also been found in studies carried out recently that more xenoestorgens can be a primary cause in the formation of ovarian cysts.

In order to properly understand the why ovarian cysts occur, one has to first understand properly the functioning of the endocrine glands. The brain`s lower portion is called the hypothalamus, and pituitary gland lies underneath it. When a woman`s progesterone levels and estrogen go down, this is when hypothalamus begins to send gonadotropin-releasing pulses (GnRH) to the gland. It in its turn sends follicle-stimulating hormones or FSH and it targets the ovary. And because of this, the ovum, which is within the follicles begin to mature. It is the follicles that actually aid in the release of estrogen. It takes about 10 days for the body`s estrogen levels to go up by quite a bit. This is when the hypothalamus enhances the pituitary gland and the GnRH`s production, and thus producing LH or the Luteinizing Hormone. It`s the LH which further aids the process of ovulation and leads to the corpus luteum from the follicle. Corpus luteum again secretes progesterone which is the dominating hormone in the 2nd half in the reproduction cycle. And if there is no pregnancy, the corpus luteum degenerates and both the estrogen and the progesterone level falls.

Although ovaries turn into small cysts every month, the follicles, keep on growing, eventually becoming a functional cyst itself. The cyst thus began its journey as something very normal when the menstrual cycle started. What precisely caused the dysfunction or the malfunction in the follicles, thus not allowing the egg to be released remains a question? Clinical opinion on this claims that exposure to xenobiotics, plus sundry environmental pollutants tend to imitate the chemical action that estrogen starts on the tissue of the baby. This can be linked to the fact that as when the embryo in the female grows, there may be as many as six hundred to eight hundred follicles, and every one of them remain inside the ovum that is not developed. Unfortunately enough, although these pollutants cannot make any impact on a mother, the baby, being far more exposed to xenobiotics, is usually affected when the ovarian follicles are rendered dysfunctional or become permanently damaged. The devastating effect causes the follicles never to become mature and this hampers the progesterone`s ability to secrete sufficiently. The damage does not come to light before the baby reaches puberty and holistic remedies remain the only hope in such a situation.

It may be apparent by now that ovarian cysts are not caused by any single factor nor do they respond to conventional medications prescribed by medicos in a vain attempt to control them. Actually, numerous issues are involved in the creation of ovarian cysts, some of which are still not identified or marked down. Also unknown are factors that are not directly involved in causing ovarian cysts but they still act as catalysts in aggravating the existing cyst. In their efforts in determining the causes of ovarian cyst in otherwise healthy females, doctors often think of psychological maladies, depression, malfunctioning of some of the vital organs and xenobiotics as probable triggers of this distressing disease condition. Because of the fact that there are so many contributing causes, what is needed is a multipronged approach - conventional remedies are not able to treat the condition successfully. Yes they may treat the problem and reduce the pain temporarily, but such remedies may lead to kidney or liver damage.

Conventional medication only treats the effected part without bothering about the over all health. But the problem is, ovarian cysts may not be caused by just any one single reason but various physical, mental and environmental reasons play a part in their formation. In some cases a person might be prone to diseases because of some genetic combination though that does not mean that we might be open to the threat of genes. In fact by adopting a holistic remedy option, we can alter our genetic structure by some extent. Diseases can be prevented from coming back and the lost health and energy can be regained. Holistic approach emphasizes a healthy diet and lifestyle that helps in expelling the build-up of toxic and other elements that lead to the weakening of the immune system. Various factors such as hormonal imbalance, during the monthly cycle, sleeplessness, stress, antibiotics and steroids too may lead to the formation of the cysts. The holistic approach doesn`t include any steroids or antibiotics in its methods thus making it safe and devoid of any side effects.
About the Author
Mary Parker is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Ovarian Cysts No More . For Further Information: Ovarian Cysts
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