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Causes, symptoms and prevention of ovarian cysts – nightmare of ruptured ovarian cyst



The pain was more than normal. She knew she was ovulating but then, that was not the kind of pain she was used to during her ovulation.

This pain kept on getting worse and although she had dismissed it as normal ovulation pain, the symptoms were clear that there was more than it met the eye.

I had a lot of pain in the morning which I dismissed as normal ovulation pains that come with my menses. So, I decided to just sleep because after all, I was off duty. I had some lunch and went back to bed. The pain just kept becoming worse and worse until I decided to take a walk to the chemist and get some medication for the pain,” Rose (not her real name) tells us.

Despite getting some medication from the chemist, it didn’t get better.

Ovarian cysts symptoms

Ovarian cyst rupture

She adds, “When I got home, the first thing I did was run to the toilet and throw up what I had eaten for lunch. I started sweating and the pain was so bad that the only thing that gave me relief was lying on the cold floor in a fetal position”

Later in the evening, Rose called a friend to take her to the hospital as she could not bear the pain anymore. The journey to the hospital, as she recalls, was one hell of a nightmare. By this time, she was sweating, feeling weakly and she kept on screaming due to the pain. Each time they passed over a bump, the pain got worse.

After several examinations, it turned out that besides having a urinary tract infection (UTI), she had ovarian cysts and the bigger one had ruptured causing the excruciating pain. Although she was treated and the cysts have since dissolved, Rose makes sure to go for regular checkups.

“I saw my whole life flash before my eyes. I was afraid that my ovaries would be taken out making me unable to have kids just in case I wanted more. I was afraid of dying. I make sure I go for checkups when I can because I cannot imagine going through such pain again” she narrates.

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What’s an ovarian cyst?

Causes of ovarian cysts(MaxCure Suyosha Hyderabad)

Dr. J M Abijah Kamau, a gynecologist as well as a fertility specialist, tells Pulse Live that an ovarian cyst can be a simple or complex one.

 “A simple ovarian cyst is a swelling within the epithelium or cortex of the ovary, and it may contain fluid. A complex ovarian cyst, on the other hand, maybe a mixture of fluid and solid material.”

 Causes of ovarian cysts

 Dr. Kamau goes on to tell us that different ovarian cysts are caused by different things. For instance, functional cysts which are associated with hormones often disappear on their own without any treatment.

 Other causes of ovarian cysts are pregnancy related as this expert goes on to tell us.

 “Levels of pregnancy hormones like hCG, or hyper-stimulation of ovaries may lead to ovarian cysts. Also, due to abnormal pregnancies like GTDs (molar gestations), these cysts outgrow as a result of hCG outbursts.”

 Endometriosis also leads to ovarian cysts and as Dr. Kamau tells us, these types of cysts are the most difficult ones to treat and they are one of the leading causes of infertility among young women.

Severe pelvic infections, congenital problems, and exposure to radiation also trigger the formation of ovarian cysts.

 Although some ovarian cysts disappear on their own and others are simply treated with birth control pills, they can also turn out to be dangerous. Dr. Kamau says that if a cysts ruptures and causes pain, affects the woman’s cycle, if they are pre-cancerous, and, if they affect the couple’s fertility, they are considered to be dangerous.

Prevention of ovarian cysts

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On prevention, Dr. Kamau tells us that there are no known specific prevention measures. But, all is not lost.

“In most cases, there is no sure way to prevent ovarian cysts. However, there are associated factors, that one can observe. A good diet, avoiding junk foods and sugary foods right from pubertal age can help a lot. Avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure also helps a lot since radiation can trigger cancerous related cysts.” He advises.

As we conclude, Dr. Kamau adds that the treatment of hormonal imbalance and suppression of ovulation have also been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian cysts.

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Do I Really Need To Lose Weight? Based On Research



You’re trying on a dress and then it dawns on you that you’re a dress size bigger or let’s say five sizes bigger, anyone it is, an average person feels the pressure to want to lose weight, and of course, the society isn’t helping matters at all, you get educated on all the chronic and deadly illnesses you’re predisposed to if you’re overweight or obese, which could be true.

But weight isn’t a direct function of your health.

Now that you have the urge to shed some fat, what makes you think that extra 5-10kg is dangerous and unhealthy?

Another pressurizing scale is the BMI (Body Mass Index), the BMI, more than we know was actually developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a guage for weight loss.

BMI has it’s own advantages such helping you know where you are with your weight, but it is not an accurate guage of wellness.

A study published in the April 20 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that people whose BMIs put them into the overweight category actually had a lower risk of death than people in the normal-weight group. (People who were considered obese still had an increased risk of death.)

Why you might need to lose weight

Let’s put the body image aspect aside, that is not the major to pay much attention to here, to decide whether or not you NEED to lose weight, there are certain pointers you need to pay attention to;

1. How is your lifestyle?

Healthy eating is important whether you’re obese or overweight, also, adequate physical activities is also recommended for everyone, habits like smoking and heavy drinking should be avoided in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you compare people who have a healthy lifestyle to people with an unhealthy lifestyle, the people with the healthy lifestyle have low relative risk and the people with the unhealthy lifestyle have high relative risk, and this is true without regard to weight.

It’s a person’s lifestyle, not his or her weight, that has the most effect on health.

2. What’s your family history?

If there has been history of chronic illnesses associated with weight gain with relatives or close family members, it is important to pay attention to weight gain in order not to be predisposed to such illnesses.

3. What’s your weight history?

If you’ve had consistent weight gain over the years, or you tend to gain weight very easily, it is very important to pay attention to this as you may become obese in a short time and this might predispose you to certain illnesses such as Diabetes.

4. Where is the weight distributed?

Weight gain in the upper part of the body, that is, the abdominal region (above the hips) is very problematic as there might be fat surrounding the organs which could cause severe medical conditions.

5. What’s your waist size?

This is very significant when it comes to your health. The National Institutes of Health has determined that a waist circumference of over 40 inches in men and over 35 inches in women signifies a health risk.

6. What’s your health profile?

Another major pointer is your health profile, if you’ve been battling with a high blood pressure or an unsafe cholesterol level, gaining so much weight might be a very bad idea. This would increase the level of chances of having this chronic illnesses.

7. How do you feel?

Consider losing some weight if you’re obese or overweight and you have joint problems, shortness of breath, or other health troubles that limit your day-to-day living.

In one study comparing the heaviest patients to the lightest, the chance of being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in one knee was more than 6 times in the heavy group.

It isn’t just that heavier people put more weight on their joints, and those joints then degrade over time. It’s also that there seems to be a relationship between the presence of excess fat tissue and inflammation.

Thus, Osteoarthritis probably comes from a combination of excess joint loading plus the inflammatory chemical and hormonal environment that having too much body fat.

A new way to view weight loss

As a society, we have focused on weight loss more than improving fitness and nutrition.

All you need might be a better lifestyle, weighty doesn’t directly mean unhealthy. If you’ve decide to lose weight, lose it for the long run by adopting a lifestyle that works for you, something you can be consistent with.

A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that about 20 percent of overweight people are successful at long-term weight loss. What happens to the rest of them, they either gain the weight back or become bigger than they were because they weren’t consistent with the practice of weight loss.

Rebecca Scritchfield, D.C. dietitian and author of “Body Kindness,” agrees: “If we broaden the view of health beyond weight or appearance, we will all be free to pursue health in our own individual way.

She further stated that you should make changes that matter to you for reasons that go beyond weight, such as better digestion, more energy, better sleeping patterns or having a better attitude toward food.

“The key factor is to make choices that fit you best, that make you feel good, and trust that you will be at a weight that is healthy for you,” she says.

Weight loss needs to be viewed from a different perspective than the world sees it. If you’ve decided to lose weight, don’t starve yourself or dwell on ridiculous body suffering diets, adopt a lifestyle that would enable weight loss in your own way, a lifestyle you can be consistent with.

Stay healthy and continue to thrive ✌

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12 Simple Home Remedies for Cold And Flu



You’ve come here to learn how to beat cold, probably flu at home with nothing but simple natural home remedies, we’ve got you. Cold and Flu occurs as a result of a very high or low temperature, which stops your immune system from functioning at the normal capacity.

Its very easy to catch a common cold or the flu, as easy as it is to get one, it is quite easy to shake them off at home by yourself. There are some useful home remedies that can be of help during this condition.

Here’s twelve of those remedies you’ll find useful in dealing with cold and flu.

1. Steam Therapy

All you need to do is to breathe easy with steam. Pour just-boiled (100c) water into a large container. Cover a towel over the top of your head to trap the steam, then breathe in through your nose for seven to 10 minutes.

Don’t get your face too close to the water, to avoid scalding your skin or inhaling the hot vapor. In order to make it more effective, add five to 10 drops thyme oil or eucalyptus oil to the water. Your eyes should be closed as you breathe in the steam, because both essential oils and steam may irritate your eyes.

In order to make it more effective, add five to 10 drops thyme oil or eucalyptus oil to the water. Your eyes should be closed as you breathe in the steam, because both essential oils and steam may irritate your eyes.

In other to moisturize the nasal passages, breathing in the steam helps a lot during a shower. You can also use eucalyptus oil with a few tissues and hold them under your nose whenever you feeling congestion.

2. Chicken Soup

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This is a long lasting remedy that has been tried, and it’s still working well. It stops certain white blood cells (neutrophils) from gathering and causing inflammation, which prevents large amounts of mucus from being produced. Adding freshly chopped garlic to your soup gives the system a powerful boost as it kills germs and

Adding freshly chopped garlic to your soup gives the system a powerful boost as it kills germs and stimulates the release of natural killer cells, which are part of the immune system’s germ-fighters.

Use Red (chili) pepper flakes in your soup to increase the decongestant broth power. Broth or Stock? Check out this post for their differences and your best option.

3. Nose Blowing

Blowing your nose in cold conditions helps to get mucus out – but when blowing too hard, it pushes the phlegm in the ears with the germs it carries. This results in ear problems.

The best way to do it is by closing one nostril with a finger and then blowing your nose a nostril at a time gently into a tissue.

4. Drink More Water

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All you need to do is, drink as much water as you can.

Drink nine glasses of 250 mL or more to keep mucous membranes moist and other common flu symptoms. Fluids help thin mucus, which makes it easier to expel.

5. Try Wet Socks

Putting on wet socks to bed is a soggy strategy that can help ease a fever and clear congestion by drawing blood to the feet, and by so doing, it increases blood circulation. (Blood stops progress in areas of greatest congestion.)

Method involved: Warm your feet in hot water. Then soak a pair of cotton socks in water (cold), wrings them out and slip them on. But put a pair of dry wool socks over the wet ones. The wet socks would be dry and warm in the morning, and you should feel awesomely better

6. Salt Water (saline) Nose Rinsing

A rinsing the nose with salt water (saline nasal rinse) – This is an effective way to ease nasal congestion and also helps clear out viruses and bacteria from the nose.

Boil water and allow to cool down or warm. Salt solutions can be mixed up at home, then use a pint of salt in a teaspoon, allow to dissolve in the warm water. Then rinse into the nose.

Special devices can be used for this, (such as bulb syringes), or from a clean cupped hand.

7. Rest and stay warm

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Trying to fight a cold or flu heats up your energy – so, all you need do, is to take some rest and stay warm as the body’s immune system does its work.

This doesn’t mean you are giving in to cold or flu – but just doing the natural.

8. Gargling

Soar throat can be eased with salt water gargle.  Mix up the solution with a teaspoon of salt dissolved into a pint of boiled water that’s been allowed to cool, then use it to rinse your throat or mouth.

9. Warm drinks

Warm drinks helps relieve a mucus blocked airways and helps soothe the nose and throat. Cold and flu remedies really involve the use of boiled water – but trying a cup of tea also makes you feel better.

10. Menthol

12 Simple Home Remedies for Cold And Flu

The smell of Menthol products are strong and can cut through blocked noses. A little quantity of its, cream or gel under the nose can help open up blocked nasal passages and can stop a lot of nose blowing.

Using a pillow helps you get the correct posture when sleeping, keeping the head in a raised position can help clear congested airways in the nose.

12. Eat well

Good nutrition helps the body fight infections. Fruits with vitamin (vitamin C) may be especially beneficial – and try to stick to your portions of fruit and vegetable rather than turning to comfort foods.

The above Home Remedies for Cold and Flu is of utmost benefit when facing situations like this. Try them out and keep a sound and healthy living.

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