An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac located on or inside the ovaries. Cysts can occur anywhere in the body and are normally non-cancerous and harmless when left to heal themselves. However, a ruptured ovarian cyst can potentially be very harmful and can produce life threatening symptoms. Strenuous exercises such as running or jogging can increase the torsion risk of largest cysts. In some women, activity makes the discomfort of an ovarian cyst worse. The cysts may rupture, twist, bleed or become infected, all of which are likely to cause severe pain, nausea, and vomiting. Exercises which suddenly raise the blood pressure (such as lifting heavy weights, sprinting etc) are more likely to cause the cysts to rupture than endurance-related sports like running. Also, while any cyst can rupture the chances of a partially or completely solid cyst rupturing are extremely slight.
On the other hand, moderate exercise like running can increases the amount of circulating hormones which may help women who are unable to take hormone replacement therapy and reduce some of those unpleasant effects of aging. Increases in levels of estrogen and testosterone aid calcium absorption which is vital for healthy bones.
Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS can lower their risk of developing diabetes and heart disease by exercising and eating a healthy diet. Exercise can help use glucose in the bloodstream for energy and thereby help reduce blood glucose levels. It also helps the body use insulin more efficiently and will result in gradual reduction of insulin levels. It also improves circulation, builds muscles, and may aid weight loss. But before starting on any exercise regimen, it is wise to consult with a physician. He will chart out the type of exercises and duration. It helps to start slowly and build up a routine depending on one's endurance. A weight decrease of only 5% of total body weight is associated with decreased insulin levels, increased fertility, reduced hirsutism and acne, and lower free testosterone levels.
One can choose and alternate between different activities like walking, running, swimming, aerobics, skiing, dancing etc. to prevent boredom. A warm-up and a cool down are essential part of each exercise session. Keeping to a schedule is essential but allow for some flexibility.
A healthy diet and weight management through exercises like running are part of holistic medicine protocol. Since the cause of ovarian cysts is not clear, prevention is the best defense. The holistic medicine expert will help you do just that. The body is a composite of many parts including the physical, emotional, mental as well as spiritual and a balance of all these parts will result in health.