Chocolate cysts are a particular type of ovarian cyst linked to endometriosis. The endometrium is the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (or womb), and endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue implants itself outside the uterus.

During your normal cycle the cells in this tissue multiply and swell throughout each month, and then break down, ready to be shed at the time of your period. With endometriosis, the tissue outside the uterus acts in exactly the same way. When the lining of the uterus bleeds during the menstrual cycle, these implants also bleed but because they are trapped inside the pelvic area, they cannot escape and so form patches of tissue called endometriosis.

In cases where this endometrial tissue implants itself within an ovary, then ovarian cysts often form. These are known as endometriomas, but are often referred to as chocolate cysts, because the old blood they contain looks like chocolate.

Symptoms of Chocolate Cysts

Typical symptoms of chocolate cysts and endometriosis include

  • Painful periods – often starting a few days before, and then lasting for the whole of the period
  • Painful sex – typically the pain is felt deep inside and lasts for a few hours after sex.
  • Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant, as the passage of the egg from the ovary to the fallopian tube may be blocked

Treatment Options for Chocolate Cysts

If you are diagnosed with chocolate cysts, the conventional treatment options, as with basically all types of ovarian cysts, are

  • Wait and see – no treatment in the hope that the cysts will go away themselves
  • Birth control pills – hormones can reduce the amount of oestrogen produced by the body, so can reduce the size of the endometriosis and the incidence of chocolate cysts
  • Surgery – either keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) or in more serious cases open surgery

These options are very limited in what they can achieve. Hormone treatment may have side effects, and surgery can be dangerous and leave unwanted scar tissues which can store up problems for the future.

More importantly, none of these approaches address the underlying causes of the cysts. They merely treat the symptoms, not the cause, so even if the cysts do go away or are removed, there is every chance that they will simply come back again in the future.

For a permanent cure for chocolate ovarian cysts, many women are opting for the natural holistic approach. This works on the assumption that all ovarian cysts are an indication of underlying problems within the body. The solution therefore is not to attack the cysts, but to address these underlying problems and restore the body’s natural balance.

This article is based on the book, “Natural Ovarian Cyst Relief Secrets” by Laura Hennings. After suffering for 6 long years from crippling pain caused by ovarian cysts, and having been totally failed by conventional medicine, Laura took matters into her own hands. She is now totally cyst free, and is dedicated to creating the ultimate holistic ovarian cyst solution for others, guaranteed to permanently cure all types of ovarian cysts. Learn more by visiting her website