Ovarian Cyst After Menopause – What Are the Symptoms and How to Treat It

by Laura Ramirez on July 25, 2011

The growth of an ovarian cyst after menopause can happen; medical records show many women past their childbearing years who have had them. In fact, the risk of ovarian cancer grows with age so the presence of any type of tumor or cyst in the reproductive system must be taken seriously. While ovulation plays a big role in the presence of pre-menopausal ovarian cysts, having them during the onset of menopause is still possible due to other causes.

Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid found in the ovary, and are often non-cancerous and shrink and disappear on their own. However, ovarian tumors that are benign can still cause bleeding and pain when they rupture and are left untreated over time. Below are five of the most common symptoms of an ovarian cyst after menopause:

  • Severe abdominal pain or a dull aching of the lower back or pelvic area
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Difficulty in urination or bowel movement
  • Unexplained weight gain or bloating
  • Nausea and recurrent fatigue

The biggest difficulty with detecting an ovarian cyst after menopause is that, oftentimes, they share the same symptoms with other gynecological disorders and even general medical conditions. Therefore, the best way to detect it is still by means of a thorough examination with your obstetrician or gynecologist, which will most likely include a vaginal sonogram. A sonogram is a medical instrument that allows the doctor to detect the presence of any cyst in your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. If it is present, the size, pattern, and type of cyst can help a doctor determine if it can go away on its own, or if it needs immediate medical treatment. When coupled with menopause symptoms, a cyst and it’s complications can send a women into a downward spiral, so make sure to take care of it right away.

Still, an ovarian cyst after menopause typically isn’t an indication of ovarian cancer. Benign cysts can shrink and disappear over time (usually in a span of four to ten weeks), although the discomfort they cause is enough for women who have them to get them treated by surgery or medication. These types of ovarian cysts characteristically do not become cancerous, but a close observation is still required to determine if they really need to be removed. There have been cases of ovarian tumors growing at an abnormal rate and disfiguring ovaries, causing unbearable pain and the entire ovary needing to be taken out as a result. This is why early detection and diagnosis at the earliest stages is important.

Always remember that the risk of ovarian cyst after menopause is possible as long as healthy ovarian tissues are present in your body. Never ignore the symptoms and warning. Equally important is to drop unhealthy and unhygienic habits, and adopt a lifestyle emphasizing a nutritionally balanced diet, frequent exercise, regular trips to the doctor, and a calm and stress-free disposition for your overall well-being.

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Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez

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