Ovarian cysts symptoms postmenopausal women

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What explanation did you get about the bleeding? The RCOG guidelines for postmenopausal women presenting with cysts are very good (it was thought that I was postmenopausal so I read up on them). It seems that you are being treated in accordance to these guidelines. Although I think they use them for women who are perimenopause like myself (well basically anyone over 40).
and it will explain a great deal about ovarian cysts .. The usual course of treatment is to monitor them .. usuall 3-4 mos. to see if they have resolved themselves or grown . In which case there are simple ways to surgically remove them if they are troublesome. By the way, those cysts are really quite small. Try not to worry and check out the "Health Pages" .. (and since you are so recently dx.
If you scoll down to the right side of this page you will see Related Communities (underneath Community Members) and the Ovarian Cyst link is there. Those women are very experienced with ovarian cysts and I am sure they will be able to answer your questions.
These are the reasons that The American Cancer Society does not recommend the CA-125 as a screening tool. Some women who have ovarian cancer have a low CA-125 ... others who do NOT have cancer have a high result. So you can see, it can have false results at both ends. I'm also a little concerned that they are talking about a hysterectomy at this stage of the game. My advice is to get another opinion !! There is absolutely no way of knowing at this point whether you have cancer or not !!
I don't want to frighten you because there is no way to know for sure if you have ovarian cancer until you remove the tumor and biopsy it. But, the symptoms you are describing coupled with your high CA-125 are concerning. 1500 is a pretty high reading for CA-125. The risk of a malignant cyst is increased in postmenopausal women too. I can see you are in Canada and so I don't really know what to recommend as far as speeding up the medical process.
Recently I sought evaluation due to a feeling of pressure with pain in the lower abdomen/pelvic floor. AS a part of the evaluation, I underwent vaginal ultrasound and physical exam and was informed that both ovaries are enlarged. I am 62 yrs old, my uterus was removed at age 34 due to "fibroid tumors" and several episodes of ovarian cysts prior to the removal of the uterus.
I did some research on my own, which included finding this site and reading all the posts for other postmenapausal women that have had the cysts. Based on everything I had read I found a Gynecologic/Oncologist and went to him for a second opinion. He felt that my age and my PM status warranted removal as it would not/could not resolve itself when you're postmenapausal.
Women who are postmenopausal and develop ovarian cysts have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Symptoms Many women with ovarian cysts do not display any symptoms. However, a cyst will sometimes cause the following: pressure, fullness, or pain in the abdomen; dull ache in the lower back and thighs; problems passing urine completely; pain during sexual intercourse; weight gain; painful menstrual periods and abnormal bleeding; nausea or vomiting; and breast tenderness.
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hypo thryoid symptoms normal tsh mulit goitor nodules with ovarian cyst, that is now suspicious it was a normal ca 125 /9 and now it has jagged edges so i am seeing a gyno onco soon soo havin hypo symptoms for YEARS and not treated i had ovarian cysts most of my life had hysterectomy at 30 rt salpingooph full of cyst and removed and now 43 i'm having left ovary acting up, functional cyst now changed in 3 mos so i am also growing polyps in my stomach and my gallbladder was removed 2007 so
What do you think I should do? After reading about Complex Ovarian Cysts in post-menopausal women, I am very concerned!. And I'm not so sure that I really trust this GYN after her misdiagnosis.
I have read that ca 125 is not a good screening test and can be a false positive die to endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, and even lupus, all of which I have. Given this info, would it be at all prudent to continue the watchful-wait mode, or proceed with the hysterectomy? The surgery is scheduled in a month, and I am having 2nd thoughts due to the ramifications of a total hysterectomy including ovaries. Thank you so much for any thoughts on this.
Hi, Cysts are extremely common in younger women. You may want to check the "Health Pages" at the top of this page. It has a lot of information on cysts. Or google Ovarian cysts. They are part of the cycle and sometimes don't "behave " as they should. That is a small cyst. After 6 months of waiting, it would appear that it is not going to disappear.That's why surgery was suggested I'm sure. I wouldn't worry... let us know and check out the "Health Pages" ..
I have no symptoms but am concerned because I've read that cysts in postmenopausal women have a greater risk of malignancy. Should I wait 6 months for another sonogram or get a second opinion from another physician?
At such a young age it can be dermoid cyst which is a type of complex ovarian cyst and is the most common type and develops during the childbearing age. Complex ovarian cysts are generally benign. The risk of malignancy is generally higher among postmenopausal women. You should get a repeat ultrasound and CT scan done. A CA125 blood test should also be performed.
I still have to get copies of the reports, doing that today, to take with me. I know that most cysts are benign, but my symptoms are getting worse which of course makes me worry more! I can hardly eat anything anymore, haven't lost any weight, and my pants and even my panties :) are getting tighter. I really try not to let the kids see how frustrated/scared I am, but it's getting hard. The oldest knows what runs in our family and remembers her aunt dying.
Adnexal masses are frequently found in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. In premenopausal women, physiologic follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts are the most common adnexal masses, but the possibility of ectopic pregnancy must always be considered. Other masses in this age group include endometriomas, polycystic ovaries, tubo-ovarian abscesses and benign neoplasms. Malignant neoplasms are uncommon in younger women but become more frequent with increasing age.
The second doctor is saying that there is no indication of dermoid and the cysts appear to be simple cysts. She said I could select surgery or leave them alone. I'm very torn as to what to do. Also, the CA125 test came back at 9. Evidently, the cysts are growing and multiplying. This doctor said a couple of things that sent up some red flags and did not instill confidence.
My right leg is swollen about twice the size of my left leg and causes me to limp is not because of ovarian cyst, DVT or Baker's cysts. I am really confused here. Does anybody have any ideas for me???? And have I posted this to the right forum????
Benign cysts are less common in postmenopausal women but it does happen. I am sorry I don't have any stats but I have read that time and time again. I disagree with your dr. about aspirating the cyst. That is risky if it is a malignancy!!! You need to see a gynecologic oncologist for a second opinion. Usually, they remove anything that is complex or solid over 5cm but given your age and symptoms I think it warrants seeing one right away.
Do the cysts cause symptoms? Also, have you had a CA125? I would be much more likely to choose the oopherectomy & hysterectomy if I had pain or other symptoms. Whatever you decide I hope all works out for you and you NEVER have to deal with cancer.
A complex cyst needs watching , yes, but it does not signify cancer. OVCA is rare. these are types of complex cysts. Endometriomas. These cysts develop in women who have endometriosis, when tissue from the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be painful during sexual intercourse and during menstruation. Cystadenomas. These cysts develop from cells on the outer surface of the ovary.
Once, it was so bad that my perfectly good appendix was removed. There would also be bleeding. No symptoms on the left side. The doc put me on birth control at 13 and I promptly began vomiting--couldn't really ever take any type of bc pill due to that side effect. Two children, first at age 21. Nursed the first for a couple of weeks and then came down with the flu and dried up. Had a pelvic exam Tuesday, two days ago. Same family practic doctor was laughing and talking with nurse.
Just wanting to wish you luck on the upcoming surgery.It is so terribly frightening to play the waiting game. I just had 1 ovary with cyst removed via laparoscope a few months ago. It was small and thought to be of a solid nature, but once they got in there, they found it to be "simple cyst". I'm postmenopausal so it was a bit of a concern.. I know that cysts are fairly common in a younger patient though And you're right about the CA-125.
I READ OVARIAN CYSTS ARE COMMON IN WOMEN THAT HAVE PERIODS. HAS ANYONE DEVELOPED CYSTS WHILE ON DEPO PROVERA SHOTS? WHY IS MY GYN ACTING LIKE MY SYMPTOMS ARE NOT RELATED TO OVARIAN CYSTS......MINE IS SMALL 2.3 ON MY RIGHT OVARY BUT I HAVE ON/OFF ABD PAIN THAT STARTS @ NAVEL TO MY BACK. FEELING OF FULLNESS. PAIN TO MY HIPS/PELVIS. ALL G.I ILLNESS ARE RULED OUT. MY QUESTION IS SINCE I DONT HAVE PERIODS DUE TO BIRTH CONTROL, HOW DID I GET THIS CYST? AND DOES IT MATTER THE SIZE WITH THE SYMPTOMS?
I am making myself crazy thinking that I'm making this worse than it really is....although my symptoms persist and I am postmenopausal. so here's my questions to all of you who have been through all of this.... Do you think there could be anything more serious that doesn't show up on the reports.... Could any of my symptoms be explained by the findings like the small fibroid or the small ovarian cyst... Any perspectives any of have would be greatly appreciated....
Hello, Ovarian cysts in post-menopausal women are common but any cysts in a postmenopausal woman should be taken seriously and ovarian cancer should be ruled out. You have got a repeat ultrasound and CT scan done. A CA125 blood test should also be performed. Simple cysts (those which only contain liquid) are generally benign and may be followed through serial ultrasounds for a period of time. It is less likely for a small ovarian cyst to cause pain.
i have been reading about complx cysts and came across the symptoms for ovarian cancer and it scared me because i have so many of the symptoms.my question is will they do testing befour the surgury ? all the thing that have been going on i dont know if its from the cyst or not?
The risk of malignancy is generally higher among postmenopausal women. Most ovarian cysts disappear in 8 to 12 weeks. If they persist then before going in for surgery we can try the birth control pills also. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps.
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