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Unread 02-20-2008, 11:27 PM
ovarian cysts

Hi ladies,
I think you are all awesome and courageous! I hope someone reads this posts and can offer some advice.

I had an ultrasound in January because of pelvic pain, which was found to be caused by vaginal atrophy. The VagiFem tabs have stopped the discomfort. The ultrasound however did show small cysts on left ovary. My Gyn had me follow up the ultrasound with another transvaginal and external ultrasound this Monday. He just told me that the cyst has 'grown significantly' since January, which he did not expect since my ovaries are toast and producing high levels of FSH. I am 54, had a hysterectomy in 1998.

Tumor marker tests came back negative, but this does not comfort me since they aren't 100%. My Gyn will be doing a laparoscopy Feb 28 to aspirate the cyst.

Does ovarian cancer act this way? I have no symptoms, no pain, no diarrhea or other discomfort at all, except extreme stress over what's going on with this ovary. If it tends towards cysts should I just have him remove it? I am 54 and having menopause so removing the ovaries won't bother me much.

What do you guys think is going on here? Are cysts common and are most of them benign? Are fast growing ones more of a concern?

Thanks, gals, blessings,
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Unread 02-21-2008, 06:04 AM
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You have some very legitimate concerns here. I'm sure all the wonderful ladies here can help you through your troubles.
Unread 02-21-2008, 11:23 AM
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Hi Dianne!

I don't blame you for being worried. I felt that way myself five years ago, when the radiologist who viewed my transvaginal ultrasound wrote, "3x2.8 cm. cystic right ovarian mass possibly representing a hemorrhagic cyst." I asked my gynecologist if he thought I had ovarian cancer and he said no. I asked "why not?" and his reply was, "Because of the size."

I opted to have both of my ovaries removed along with my hysterectomy, because cancer of many types (although not ovarian cancer, so far) runs in my family. I also didn't want to ever have to worry about an "ovarian cyst" again.

It is my understanding, based on my own questions to my physician, that most ovarian cysts are indeed benign. But only a pathologist's report can determine that for certain.

I'm sending positive thoughts your way for good results from your upcoming procedure.

Many s to you,
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Unread 02-22-2008, 03:06 AM
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If you are already having menopause and laproscopy anyway, I would have him remove it and be on the safe side.
Unread 02-22-2008, 03:39 AM
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I had a ruptured hemorrhagic cyst containing fluid and debrie on one ovary. My dr. said that these are normal. I just had a LSH on 2-4-08. I opted to have the ovaries and tubes removed because of this. I figured that if one ovary was going to have cysts that the other in time probably would. I was right, when the pathology report came back the other ovary was full of cysts, all normal ones. My goal was to not have to have another operation in a year or so because of them. Glad I did it. Hope this helps.
Unread 02-22-2008, 05:06 PM
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Hi ladies,

I have read all of your replies, thank you for sending encouragment.

Were any of you in menopause when the ovarian cysts were discovered?

I feel like I'm alone in this as most women get cysts when they are still ovulating. I'm not ovulating as my high FSH indicates. The risk of cysts after menopause being cancerous goes up in the 50-70 age bracket; I am 54. Since I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago, I guess I'm menopausal because of the hot flashes, anxiety, etc. ????

I did ask the doctor yesterday to just take both ovaries while he's poking around. So instead of a laparoscopy I'll have more of an incision. Hope it's on the bikini line so the scar won't show! Anyone know about this as well?

Thanks for any prayers and good vibes....I need them! I had surgery March 2006 for a cerebral aneurysm (like what Neil Young and Sharon Stone had, but mine did not rupture like theirs did and I am ok, but it was traumatic) so I'm freaked out about going into the hosp again so soon!

Will go into hosp. Feb 28 and stay for a day or so. Please God -no cancer!
Unread 02-22-2008, 05:19 PM
Prayer request and hormone info

Just wanted to humbly ask if someone could say a few prayers for me; I do believe in their power!

I am having surgery Feb. 28 to remove both ovaries. The left one has a large cyst. I am in menopause so don't know why this cyst exists. I had a hysterectomy in 1998 and have never taken HRT. Tumor markers were negative....but.....I'll feel better knowing for sure when they are out of there!

I would also like to ask if anything is needed hormone-wise after both ovaries are taken out. I am 54 and guess I am in the middle of menopause since I have hot flashes, palps, anxiety; all the fun stuff.

Please pray that I don't have the big "C". I am just getting over having had brain surgery for a small aneurysm in 2006; that came out fine and I'm back to normal physically but still traumatized emotionally from that.

Thank you for your help. You ladies are amazing, strong individuals, and I wish I was as strong as so many of you.

Unread 02-22-2008, 06:11 PM
ovarian cysts

Hi singtheblues, I am praying for you when you go in for surgery. You have already had a tough fight with your aneurysm andI'm hoping this is just a small bump in the road for you and you'l soon be back to normal once again.

My ovca was found after I had begun missing periods but was not yet considered menopausal. So I can't help you there. It is common for ovca to be found around this age for women, but again, we're hoping you are free
and cleaar, right?
Unread 02-22-2008, 07:15 PM
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Thank you, Faithfirst, I appreciate your prayers.

Yup, I am hoping it all goes well as I already got the lottery prize for the aneurysm.

Do you, or anyone, know how many women who get ovarian cysts during menopause end up with ov cancer? I have only found age groups but no stats.

Holding on as tight as I can !
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Unread 02-24-2008, 07:19 PM
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Hi Singtheblues,

You also have MY ers! I hope this is something totally benign, and easily managed. Are they going to check for cancer BEFORE removing the ovaries? This would involve doing a frozen section on the table and then of course sending the tissue out to pathology, which I hope they are going to do anyway.

Remember, your cyst could absolutely be something benign but I hope your doctor is going to check it out thoroughly. Will a gyn/onc be doing the surgery?

In any event, since you asked about hormone care, have you discovered our 'menopause central' forums? Check them out for all sorts of information on hormones and menopause, https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/forumdisplay.php?f=237

Continued good wishes for you!

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