If an ovarian cyst is causing pelvic pain, you might turn to painkillers to lessen the ache. However, you can also consider incorporating yoga into your daily routine, as it has pain-numbing effects.
According to research published in 2011 in the academic journal Pain, randomized clinical trials suggest that yoga has promise for pain management — though further research is needed. When you practice yoga to help with ovarian pain, look for poses that open the hips and stretch the lower abdominal muscles.
At first glance, Savasana — which requires you to simply lie flat on your back on the yoga mat — seems simple. However, this is the time to focus on conscious breathing, which can help soothe pelvis pain from cysts. When you take a deep breath, the pelvic floor muscles expand. This allows for muscle release, extra blood flow and relaxation, all of which can help decrease pain.
2. Cat-Cow Pose
If you're new to yoga, the Cat and Cow poses, which are often linked together, are an effective way to start soothing your ovarian pain.
HOW TO DO IT: Get onto your hands and knees. Place your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Let the tops of your feet rest on the floor or curl your toes under.
On exhale, round your back into cat position, while pulling your abdomen in toward your spine. Let your head hang between your arms. On inhale, lift your head and focus your gaze on the ceiling while simultaneously caving your back and letting your belly hang toward the floor, mimicking a cow. Breathe slowly and evenly as you alternate between Cat and Cow.
3. Cobra Pose
The Cobra, named as such because it resembles the bending of a snake, opens your chest and gentle stretches your pelvis.
HOW TO DO IT: Lie flat on the floor and place your hands directly below your shoulders. Push up and, at the same time, press your pelvis and top of your feet firmly into the floor. Push your shoulder blades together, opening your chest while keeping your elbows bent. Hold the pose 15 to 30 seconds, and then release down to the floor.
4. Fish Pose
Fish pose is difficult for the beginner yogi to achieve, so you can do the pose with your back supported by a thickly rolled blanket until you've worked your way up to the full position.
HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your back on the floor using a yoga mat or rug for comfort. Stretch your legs out fully and point your toes. Slide your hands palm down underneath your lower back. Keep your forearms on the floor and your elbows hugged close to your body.
On an inhale, press your elbows into the mat and lift your chest and head off the floor. Tip your head back and then lower your head to rest lightly against the floor. Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds, breathing normally throughout. To come out of the pose, lift your head first before lowering your upper body to the floor.