Menopause Facts: Ovarian Cysts


Expert’s Name: Carrie Louise Daenell, ND
Ovarian cysts can be uncomfortable, even painful. They are not typically considered a serious medical condition, and until they interfere with normal life activities or fertility, they most often go untreated. When they are treated conventionally, suppressive hormonal therapy is typically administered.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, whether “life-threatening” or not… an ovarian cyst is an indicator of a health imbalance. Bandaging that imbalance with suppressive therapy falls short of treating the cause and providing real health.

When cysts are simple, often the underlying cause is that of poor estrogen metabolism in the liver. Eventually estrogen reaches the liver and breaks down. It is the path that estrogen “chooses” in the liver that determines health or disease.

When a woman suffers from PMS, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breasts, bad mammograms, uterine fibroids or endometriosis – she may be breaking her estrogen down in an unhealthy way in her liver. Re-directing that activity can deliver health and reduce risk going forward.

Diindolylmethane, when properly absorbed, can completely re-direct those pathways toward good pathways. Further, targeted nutritional support for the liver can further enhance the health and function of those good pathways. Diindolylmethane is tricky, though. I have worked with doctors all over the country where they are using various diindolylmethane (DIM) formulas that simply do not work in the clinical setting. I have always used a patented form of it that guarantees “bio-availability” or absorption and have had predictable and dramatically effective results. So quality matters in this case!

When cysts are multiple and called “polycystic” this typically results from a completely different health system. Although it would seem hormonally based, because it affects the ovaries, you will have to dig a little deeper to get to the root cause. In this case it is unhealthy blood sugar metabolism. In this case, supporting all aspects of healthy blood sugar metabolism (diet, exercise and nutritional supplements) is essential for success. In this case, the low-refined carbohydrate diet and the exercise is just as important as the targeted nutritional supplement support for every aspect of blood sugar biochemistry. I see the best results when they are all used in combination.

My recommendations often include:

  • Est Right – Non-hormonal symptom balancing support for estrogen in the liver
  • Estro Smart – Non-hormonal symptom balancing support for estrogen in the liver
  • Sugar Smart – Comprehensive support for every aspect of blood sugar metabolism and carbohydrate cravings
  • Smart Fish – Non-toxic omega 3 fish oil to support estrogen and whole body health

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