Ovarian Cysts and Mittelschmerz
Ovarian cysts are products of failed or disordered ovulation. As I have described earlier, one or more ovarian follicles is developed monthly by the effects of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Luteinizing hormone (LH) promotes actual ovulation and the transformation of the follicle (after ovulation) into the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone. During a young woman’s early years of menstruating, ovulation may coincide with a small amount of bleeding where the follicle has ruptured to release the egg. This can cause abdominal pain, often with a slight fever, at the time of ovulation (in the middle days between periods) and is commonly called MITTELSCHMERZ (German for “middle” and “pain”). Treatment might consist only of some ibuprofen, reassurance, rest and perhaps a warm pack. It is unlikely to recure and portends no future problems.
Later in life, usually after their mid thirties, women sometimes develop an ovarian cyst that may not cause any symptoms, or it may cause pelvic pain ranging from mild to severe. The cyst may simply collapse and disappear after a month or two, or it may persist and increase in size and discomfort during succeeding months. Such cysts are caused by a failed ovulation in which, for reason presently unknown, the ovulation did not proceed to completion. With each succeeding month’s surge of LH, the cyst swells and stretches the surface membrane, causing pain and possible bleeding at the site. Some cysts may become as large as a golf ball or lemon before discovery. Treatment may require surgery.(Removing the ovary along with the cyst used to be the standard procedure, but I recommend asking your surgeon to leave the ovary intact if at all possible.)
An alternative treatment for ovarian cysts is natural progesterone. The signaling mechanism that shuts off ovulation in one ovary each cycle is the production of progesterone in the other. If sufficient natural progesterone is supplemented prior to ovulation, LY levels are inhibited and both ovaries thing the other one has ovulated, so regular ovulation does not occur. (This is the same effect as contraceptive pills.)Similarly, the high estriol and progesterone levels throughout pregnancy successfully inhibit ovarian activity for nine months. Therefore, adding natural progesterone from day10 to day 26 of the cycle suppresses LH and it’s luteinizing effects. Thus the ovarian cyst will not be stimulated and, in the passage of one or two such monthly cycles, will very likely shrink and disappear without further treatment.
This is from the book “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” by Dr. John R. Lee. He is a foremost authority in treating women with Natural Progesterone for so many things. So much of what a woman suffers is from hormone imbalance and nothing else. There are xenoestrogens in plastics, canned goods and even in water. (Synthetic estrogens) The effect is that women’s body attacked on a hormonal level.
His book is the result of 20 years using Natural Progesterone.
Cycle Balance is natural progesterone. You need only 1/4 of a teaspoon for the dose recommended by Dr. Lee. Your symptoms determine which part of the month is right for you. As he stated above:
- For ovarian cysts; from day 10 to 26
- For infertility; it would be 12-26 when you have immature follicles causing a short luteal phase.
- For a natural progesterone cream shutdown use the cream for a few months at day10-26 (this is to give your follicles a few months to mature, in case this is the reason for infertility)
- For post menopause day; 5 – 26.
There are so many diseases and one answer. The natural progesterone answer.
Read about Natural Progesterone Cream and overcoming hormonal imbalance.