Till now, you are under a belief that women develop ovarian cysts only during their menstrual cycles.
Suddenly, you are in a complete dilemma seeing your growing ovarian cyst even after 50.
In spite of the fact that, you have already reached the menopause stage, why are you still getting ovarian cysts? Is it some kind of cancer? If not why are you getting them and what should you do?
we have seen all the internet for the information on this topic of ‘ovarian cyst after menopause’. Shockingly there was not even a single site providing some proper and genuine information.
On the other hand, there are a large number of women who are silently suffering ovarian cysts even after they reached their menopause.
First of all, What is an Ovarian cyst?
Ovarian cysts are the common cysts that are formed near a woman’s ovary. They are generally functional cysts(simple ones) that are formed when the follicle which contains the egg fails to open and starts accumulating fluid inside it. This is very common for many women during ovulation and tends to go off naturally on its own.
Now, What about an Ovarian cyst after Menopause:
Although ovarian cysts are common during ovulation, many women believe that ovarian cysts never come back once they reach their menopause period.
They believe that once they reach this age, their menstrual cycle gets stopped and obviously, the ovarian cysts too will never come.
But this is wrong..
Yes, even though women are more prone to ovarian cysts during ovulation, they do get cysts even after they reach the menopause period. So, you need not feel alone, and there are millions of women who do get these ovarian cysts even after reaching their menopause period.
Why do I get ovarian cysts, although I am not ovulating: The Cause of Ovarian cysts after menopause
For this, you need to understand that there are many types of ovarian cysts. Although ovarian cysts during pre-menopause stage are functional cysts, the cysts which are caused after menopause are completely another type of cyst. Generally, ovarian cysts that are caused after the menopause are benign cysts.
The most common ones which are caused in women after the menopause include –
Dermoid cysts – Caused in the deep layers of the tissue
Fibroids – Abnormal growth near the uterus area
Cystadenomas – Mucous filled cysts that are developed on the ovarian tissue
And many other
These benign cysts tend to grow bigger and bigger until they cause a number of irritating symptoms in your body..
Although ovarian cysts don’t cause any symptoms when they are small, they tend to show more and more symptoms once they start to get bigger. The symptoms include –
- Severe abdominal pain especially near the lower abdomen
- Bloating like appearance if the cysts become too big
- Pain during bowel movements
- Pain during intercourse
- Nausea and lightheadedness
Is it some kind of cancer? Does my ovarian cyst become malignant one day?
The risk of cancer increases with your age. In simple, if you get ovarian cysts in 20’s you are not at all at a risk of cancer. While if you get ovarian cysts in late 80’s you are at a serious risk of cancer.
On the other hand, you need not worry too much about cancer and your cyst becoming malignant. This is because, in most cases, even though it was after menopause, the ovarian cysts developed in many women were not at all cancerous.
In fact, in this modern age, ovarian cysts are becoming more and more common in post-menopausal women which are found to be completely benign.
On the other hand, you also need to be more vigilant than pre-menopausal women and undergo proper tests to make sure that your cyst is not cancerous.
Treatment for these post-menopausal ovarian cysts: What should you do?
The First thing you need to do is taking the blood test (CA125) to make sure there are no cancer cells present in your cysts. Every post-menopausal women who develop ovarian cysts must do this as soon as possible. Although cancer happens only in rare cases, you need to take the test as there is always a little risk that it can be malignant.
Once you are sure that they are not cancerous, you can take a deep breath and take some time.
If your ovarian cyst is not cancerous, in most cases, it does go away on its own. Yes, in most cases, ovarian cysts that are formed after the menopause, go away on their own without doing anything.
Remember you cannot simply leave the cyst and imagine it would go away one day. Contrary, All you need to do is regularly observing it and analyzing whether it is increasing or decreasing in size.
For this, you can undergo regular ultrasound imaging, and perfectly know the size of your ovarian cysts. If it is reducing with time, you can further relax and wait for it to go away on its own.
On the other hand, if it is increasing rapidly and disturbing other organs in the abdomen, then your doctor may suggest surgically removing the cyst.
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