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Anyone Post Menopause w/a Simple Cyst on an Ovary ??? Anyone Post Menopause w/a Simple Cyst on an Ovary ???

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Unread 07-14-2003, 03:41 PM
Anyone Post Menopause w/a Simple Cyst on an Ovary ???

Just curious if there are any others in a similar situation. I'm 61, 11 years post menopause, with a simple cyst of 5+ cm on one ovary and a 1 cm cyst on the other ovary of indeterminate identity.
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Unread 07-15-2003, 10:53 AM
Anyone Post Menopause w/a Simple Cyst on an Ovary ???

Hi there, I don't have any insight for you: I'm 46, not in peri-menopause and I've only had one suspected burst ovarian cyst... but I just wanted to send s your way and this back to the top.
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Unread 07-15-2003, 03:26 PM
Anyone Post Menopause w/a Simple Cyst on an Ovary ???

Thanks, Dany,

For the hugs and the bump. I forget now, but it is only like some 10%, maybe 20%, of post menopausal women are found to have a simple ovarian cyst. Someone forgot to tell our ovaries that they aren't supposed to develop simple cysts after menoause. They are usually found by abdominal CT scan, pelvic or endovaginal ultrasound when looking for something else.

The nice thing is that "simple" cysts generally show up beautifully on ultrasound, nice and clear black, regular shape and thin walls. Simple cysts are benign and as long as they don't get large enough to cause symptoms due to their size we can adopt a "wait and watch" approach with ultrasounds at 1 month after they are found, then if no change, 3 months, 3 months, 6 mnths, 6 months and annually thereafter. There is always the risk of rupture but that only entrails some pain for a few days usually. Beats the risks of surgery.

Most gyns have a cut off size of 4 cm, maybe 5 cm, but I've had two good gyn/oncos say up to 8 cm as long as they remain "simple" and stable in size and no symptoms.
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