Ovarian cysts in post menopause

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Avatar_n_tn Yes, you can still develop cysts after being in menopause. I did; I grew a 10cm cyst and had it removed a few months ago. You shouldn't have to live in pain till you're 51 and at the "average age" of menopause. That's baloney. Usually they say you're menopausal if you haven't had a period for 12 months. But there is a chance you have a thyroid or hormonal imbalance going on. Menopause is better but you need some kind of answers to all of this. Not just live in pain for 5 years.
Avatar_f_tn I have been on thyroid treatment fo 6yrs and untill recently i have been fine now with in the last year i have a cyst in my overy another in my platutary gland. and now had ct for a lesion in my lung. Also i have the joint pain and was tested for arthritis and it was fine. So now it was it called (fiber mialsha I'm not sure of the spelling) all the cyst that keek apearing are small and the say wont hurt anything.
Avatar_f_tn Fibroids are supposed to lessen after menopause but you may not be at that advantage point yet. Ovarian cysts are a possibility...they can still occur after menopause although it doesn't make any sense since ovulation is supposed to be over. Maybe something goes terribly wrong with the final ovulation cycle. I don't think even the doctors understand why it happens, only that it does.
Avatar_f_tn Keep in mind that 95% of ovarian cysts are benign, but when they occur in post-menopause, doctors get more concerned and do a bit more follow up to make sure all is well.
Avatar_f_tn my hormone levels were checked and confirmed. i haven't had a period in 6 months. now i developed cysts on both ovaries and they are very painful. there are no signs so far for cancer. my doctor wants to remove the cysts. i'm o.k. with this, but he wants to remove my ovaries at the same time. he said they are not really working anymore. i will have to go on hormone therapy. i'm afraid, i've heard so many conflicting reports. i still have my uterus (so far that is still fine). what should i do?
Avatar_n_tn I learned at a transvaginal ultrasound I didnt have fibroids but ovarian cysts. One was a Hemorrhagic cyst. I was told to wait and see in a few months but learned report said not to rule out the possibility of neoplasm. Should i insist on ca125 right now? Or other further tests?
Avatar_n_tn My regular doctor (my GP) says that they cannot do a biopsy on ovarian cysts, only for endometreocious. I am very worried because I know that if I have ovarian cancer that it is imperative that it is caught early. What do you suggest? I understand that cysts are fed by estrogen. For years I had large fibroids and now that I am in menopause they have shrunk, so suddenly getting cysts at this time seems very strange.
Avatar_f_tn I have been having lower abdomen problems (burning constantly) for about a year. I have been seeing a Gastroenterologist and have numerous test done and have been diagnosed with GERD and Barretts Esophagus and IBS. I take medication and watch what I eat but nothing helps. I had a CT Scan for these problems and it showed a cystic mass on my ovary so I had to go to my Gyn and had a Pelvic Sonogram. I have read that sometimes Ovarian Cancer can have the same symptoms as these other problems.
Avatar_f_tn Thank you for answering my question in regards to ovarian cysts. The ultra sound did show that it was fluid filled, and didn't appear to have solid matter. Also, there were no veins feeding into it. The doctor explained it as looking like a bunch of grapes. I went through menopause many years ago, and had my tubes tied at 40. I had been on birthcontrol pills prior to having a tubal. How would they remove a cyst that is 24 cm?
Avatar_n_tn If it were me I would have it removed, since you are in menopause the chances of it being more than just a cyst is increased. My doctor told me if I have anymore problems he will have to take my right ovary out.
Avatar_n_tn My mother had ovarian cancer that she had cured and lived 30 plus years past and her 2 sisters died of post menopause breast cancers in thier late 80s so it is there and not worried till I have to.
Avatar_m_tn Well, in any case, they found a very small cyst (which turned out to be benign) 2 fibroids which are supposed to disappear with menopause and some fluid in the uterus. Had the C&D, removal of ovary (because at my age, who needs that right?). Actually the Dr. told me that the pain probably was not related to the cysts as they really were tiny. However, I totally agree with Ireneo; have it checked via transvaginal . My Gyno also ordered a CA125 blood test after seeing the cysts.
Avatar_n_tn I have been reading that follicular cysts in post-menopause should be very closely monitored because they have a tendency to become malignant. Can you offer some comments on the follow-up course for this type of cyst? Although my 74-year old mother is still alive and doing very well, all of her six brothers and sisters have succumbed to some form of cancer, including breast cancer. Thank you for your thoughts on this.
Avatar_f_tn Cysts on post menopausal women can raise some concern. They should preform blood tests, a CA125, a transvaginal ultrsound, maybe a CT Scan. Did they say the size of the cyst? Once it reaches about 5 cms, most doctors will want it removed as it can cause issues. Stay on top of the doctors, ask questions. Let us know how things go.
Avatar_f_tn My physician told me that everything is fine, I guess I am just looking for some detail! I am 51 years old, post menopause and I had my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week. I received a copy of the pathology report and I would like to know exactly what it means; 1. Endometrial curettage: -endometrial polyp -proliferative type endometrium 2. Right tube and ovary: Ovary: inclusion cyst Fallopian tube: paratubal cyst 3.
Avatar_n_tn Most cysts are benign. Endometriomas are common. Ovarian cancer is not common. Overall, women have a 1 in 80 lifetime risk of ovarian cancer which is one tenth the risk of breast cancer. Now that statistic is a lifetime risk. That is - when your take all 80 to 90 years old ladies and look back over their lives. The risk is much lower, the younger you are. So at age 20 the risk of ovarian cancer is very, very small. At age 40 to 50 the risk is probably 1 in 1000. By age 80 , it is 1 in 80.
Avatar_f_tn I am sorry to hear about your mom going through this, my aunt is struggling with stage 3 as well. It's hard for anyone. Your post just happened to come to my email today so I am going with my gut feeling that fate says to answer it - Despite my lack of expertise. I have walked in your shoes somewhat. With "problematic" ovaries and cancer history in my family, the stress and worry about those ovaries consumed me at one point.
Avatar_m_tn I have had vaginal pelvic pain and pressure for nearly 10 months now, a CT Scan 4 weeks ago revealed I had complex ovarian cysts on both ovaries, I am 52 and post menopausal. Just got my results from ultra sound I had last week,the right ovary is a bilobular mass consisting of both cystic and solid component. It is over 6 cm with a volume of 41 cc. The left ovary is about half the size of the right one with heterogenous solid and cystic mass with a volume of 14 cc..
Avatar_n_tn I have been reading that follicular cysts in post-menopause should be very closely monitored because they have a tendency to become malignant. Can you offer some comments on the follow-up course for this type of cyst? Although my 74-year old mother is still alive and doing very well, all of her six brothers and sisters have succumbed to some form of cancer, including breast cancer. Thank you for your thoughts on this.
Avatar_f_tn I feel my pain tolerance is normal but the pain I am having in my abdomen with these cysts ranging in sizes, is unbearable most of the time. I am very confused as to what the right decision is and if there is anything else I can do?
Avatar_n_tn I've been reading your posts for a couple of weeks, but just today got to the point where I felt I needed to post. I had a diagnostic lap on 3/3 too see about cysts that were seen on an u/s (10/05) and a CT scan (1/06). When my doctor got in there, the only thing she found was some endometriosis which she removed. A week (to the day) after the surgery, I started having the same old familiar abdominal and low back pain with nausea, bloating,etc.
Avatar_n_tn I am 32 years old and have a history of 2 R sided ovarian cysts which I have had laproscopically removed in the past. I have been having terrible R hip and buttock pain noticing that my R pelvic bone is rotated forward...I've had a dislocated hip in the past as well...but recently ruled out with an MRI any problems with the hip. I have been working with a physical therapist and seem to have good days and lots of bad days especially around my cycle. My doctor said I have piriformis/hip syndrome.
Avatar_m_tn Do complex cysts go away without any type of treatment? Do complex cysts put you at higher risk for ovarian cancer in the future? What causes a complex cyst and how "normal" is it for women to get complex cysts? Also, are dermoids and chocolate cysts what are considered complex ovarian cysts? Are there others? I want to do everything to get it analyzed and removed.... am I being too anxious? Thank you for responding.
Avatar_f_tn I've had the ovarian cysts for a year and the polyps and fibroids and endometriomas. I have also read that they may be able to alleviate pain by trying low does anti-depressants. I know you don't want to hear this but my daugher recently was put on these and it has made a huge difference in her life. I'm going to talk to my OBGYN and see what she thinks. I can always have the Hysterectomy later if it doesn't work, but I can't go back if I'm unhappy without my organs. Just a thought.
356929_tn?1246393356 I am experiencing the exact same problems. I have had three ovarian cysts in the last year. I have been on BCP for the past year. I found out this week I have the beginning of hypothyroidism. About 6mths ago, my TSH was 3.5 and now its 6.5. There has to be a relationship between the two. I have an apt with my PCP this week. Keep you posted.