By Clara Miret Lucio BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 04/15/2014

The ovaritis consists of the inflammation of one or both ovaries, often accompanied by inflammation of the tubes.

Ovarian enlargement or inflammation may be caused by the pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an inflammation of the female upper reproductive tract (ovaries, uterus, and ligaments); annexitis (inflammation of the tubes and the ovaries); or just by themselves. Inflamed ovaries may cause pain within the anorectal area and painful, irregular periods.

Although it is a rare condition, its incidence is highest in women aged 25 to 35 years.

Causes of ovarian enlargement

Ovarian ovaritis or inflammation can be caused by several factors:

  • Cold
  • Abortion
  • Gonorrhea or blennorrhagia (sexually transmitted disease)
  • Other inflammations

Symptoms of ovarian enlargement

The main symptoms that may accompany the inflammation of the ovaries are:

  • Fever and headache
  • Excessive vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal and ovarian pain
  • Nervousness and palpitations

Treatment of ovarian enlargement

Ovaritis can be reduced with several home remedies, although some of them, particularly those which consist of taking baths, should be avoided during pregnancy. Therefore, you should ask your health care provider before doing them. Next we will show the most common treatments:

  • Avoid cold and humidity.
  • Have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
  • Drink grape, orange, and apple juice.
  • After boiling two handfuls of chamomile and flax seed in water, immerse your legs and your belly in it for 10 minutes.
  • Apply tepid or hot, crushed leaves of wormwood poultice over your abdomen three times a day.
  • After boiling 0.5 oz. of arnica tincture in half a liter of water, place it into your bath together with cold water, and immerse in it the area of your ovaries three times a day.
  • Boil 1 tsp. of ground cloves and aniseed powder together with 3/4 of a tbsp. of powdered cinnamon, and take it three times a day.
  • Boil 25 tablespoons of walnut leaves in 1L water, and add them to your baths or showers.
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Authors and contributors

 Clara Miret Lucio
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV. Experience as a pharmacist and embryologist specialized in Reproductive Medicine at Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI), and currently at Equipo Juana Crespo (Valencia, Spain). More information
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