Ovaries are a pair of female gonads (part of female’s reproductive system) that produces ovum (eggs). Pain in ovaries may arise from various reasons and maybe one-sided or both-sided. Homeopathic medicines for ovarian pain help manage the symptoms and offer a supportive role in the treatment. In case of intense ovarian pain where some critical reason like ruptured ovarian cyst or torsion of the ovary is suspected, emergency medical help should be taken immediately.
Homeopathic Medicines for Ovarian Pain
Homeopathy medicines are highly beneficial to treat ovarian pain. Before starting medicines for ovarian pain the reason behind it needs to be properly investigated. These medicines help to manage ovarian pain in cases where no critical/life-threatening cause is present for it. The top homeopathic medicines to treat ovarian pains include Apis Mellifica, Lachesis, Sepia, Belladonna and Colocynthis.
1. Apis Mellifica – For Ovarian Pain on Right Side
Apis Mellifica is a well-indicated medicine to manage ovarian pain on the right side. For using Apis the ovarian pain is burning and stinging in nature. However, it may also be a sharp, cutting, shooting or drawing pain. A feeling of weight, heaviness and bearing down in the ovarian region is felt. The pain from the ovarian region may extend down to the thigh. The pain may get worse on stooping and when beginning to walk. The right ovary is sore and tender on pressure. In cases needing Apis, the ovarian pain is seen to get worse before and during menses. Pains in ovaries that are worse from intercourse are also indicative of this medicine. Frequency of urination may be increased with the above symptoms in many cases. Burning while urinating may also be felt. Apis is a top listed medicine for ovarian pain in cases of swelling, inflammation, enlargement, induration, and cyst in the ovaries.
2. Lachesis – For Ovarian Pain on Left Side
Lachesis is a prominent medicine to manage left-sided ovarian pain. In cases needing Lachesis, the ovarian pain may be sharp, shooting, stitching, pressing or burning in nature. The pain tends to get worse in the morning. The left ovary may be swollen, indurated and inflamed. The menses may be irregular and the menstrual blood is dark and smells foul. Pain in the left ovary is felt during menstruation and the lower abdomen is very sensitive to touch.
3. Sepia – For Ovarian Pain with Vaginal Discharges
Sepia is a beneficial medicine for ovarian pain attended with vaginal discharges. There is a dull, stinging or burning pain in ovaries. Pressure and heavyweight appear in ovaries. Congestion is felt in the ovarian region. Vaginal discharges that are yellow, milky, or green in color attend. The discharges are profuse, lumpy and fetid. They cause itching of vulva and vagina. Marked bearing down in pelvis accompanies. Sepia is also valuable to treat ovarian pains along with menstrual irregularities.
4. Belladonna – For Ovarian Pain during Menses
Belladonna is prepared from a plant called Deadly Nightshade of the natural order Solanaceae. Belladonna is helpful to manage ovarian pain during menses. The pain may be throbbing or stitching in nature. Sometimes the pain is lancinating in nature. A burning sensation is also felt in the ovaries. Drawing pains in the pelvic region may be present along with uneasiness and sensation of weight in the uterine region. Jarring also tend to worsen the ovarian pain in cases needing Belladonna.
5. Colocynth – For Cramping Pain in Ovaries
Colocynth is prepared from the pulp of the fruit of a plant named Citrullus Colocynthis or Bitter Apple. This plant belongs to the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Colocynthis is useful to manage cramping pain in ovaries. The ovaries feel as if they are squeezed, and a deep stitching pain is felt in the ovaries. Excessive restlessness appears with the above symptoms. The pain makes the patient bend double. Pressure and warm drinks help relieve the pain.
6. Medorrhinum – To Manage Ovarian Pain during Ovulation
Medorrhinum is a valuable medicine to manage ovarian pain during ovulation. There is a sensation of distension in the ovary with a feeling as if it would burst. The ovaries are sore, and heat is felt in the ovarian region. A drawing sensation in the ovaries along with vaginal discharges may appear. The discharges are acrid, excoriating and have a fish-like odor.
7. Palladium – For Ovarian Pain better by Pressure
Palladium is very beneficial for cases of ovarian pain that gets better by pressure. It is a remedy used mainly to treat pain in the right ovary. The ovary is swollen and sore to pressure. The pain gets worse by standing and walking. Rubbing the area, lying down, and applying pressure on the ovary helps relieve the pain. There may be an increased frequency of urination as well as an urgency to urinate.
8. Podophyllum – For Ovarian Pain that Radiates down the Thighs
Podophyllum is prepared from the root of a plant Podophyllum Peltatum commonly known as May Apple. It belongs to family Berberidaceae. It offers help in cases of ovarian pain where pain radiates down the thighs. Dragging pain in ovaries is felt. Bearing down in the abdomen, back and ovarian pain running down into thighs during periods is treated well with Podophyllum. It is also indicated in case of ovarian pains with retarded menses.
Causes of Ovarian Pain
The main reasons of ovarian pain include:
1. A part of menstrual pain/dysmenorrhea (pain felt in uterus, ovaries, back).
2. Ovulation – Ovulation refers to the process of release of an egg from ovary approximately around the 14th day of the menstrual cycle. Some women tend to feel pain in the ovary during ovulation (known as Mittelschmerz pain.) The pain can be one-sided or be present on both sides. It also may be attended with vaginal discharge, bleeding, and nausea.
3. PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) – It refers to an infection that has spread to the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. It mainly arises from sexually transmitted bacteria that has ascended the genital tract from the vagina and cervix. Apart from pain, PID may have other symptoms that include, an abnormal vaginal discharge, irregular bleeding, nausea, vomiting, painful intercourse, burning with urination, fever, and chills
4. Ovarian cysts – They are fluid-filled sacs or pockets that form on the surface of an ovary. Most cysts don’t show any symptoms. When symptoms arise they include pelvic pain, bloating / fullness in the abdomen, frequent urination, and changes in the menstrual cycle. Ovarian cysts carry a risk of rupturing in which sudden and severe abdominal pain is felt along with fever and vomiting. It may also lead to shock. So immediate help from the conventional system should be taken in any case of suspected ovarian cyst rupture.
5. Endometriosis – A disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This tissue can grow in the ovaries too. Other accompanying symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, excessive bleeding, painful intercourse.
6. Ovarian Remnant Syndrome – In this condition, ovarian pain arises after some recent surgery on the ovaries, due to some of the tissue being left behind on the ovaries.
7. There is a possibility that a medical condition in another organ can cause referred pain in the ovaries. Such conditions include appendicitis, kidney stone, ectopic pregnancy, constipation, urinary tract infection (UTI).
8. Other reasons include ovarian torsion and ovarian cancer. They are serious reasons for ovarian pain in addition to appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, and rupture of an ovarian cyst.