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62 year-old, 5 years post-menopause with ovarian cyst, now having discomfort

By March 13, 2017 - 4:55pm
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I apologize for the length of this message, but from the heart, I appreciate your input.

I have a history of a left ovarian cyst, last measured in 2015 and as per report "anechoic avascular cyst 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.9 cm, no free fluid. IMPRESSION: No endometrial thickening postmenopausal patient. Left uniocular 0.9 cm ovarian cyst, is stable postmenopausal cyst".

The cyst was slightly smaller than on the previous ultrasound in 2014. I didn't get an ultrasound done in 2016, and when I went to the OB, she did not want to give me an order for an ultrasound, stating that "she could not feel anything " and that a repeat US was not necessary because the cyst was smaller. I insisted that she give me an order for US and she reluctantly did so. Two weeks prior to my visit I fell on my left side and had cramping on and off a couple of days, and then it went away. That was in July 2016, and to date, I haven't had the US. I am now feeling a slight occasional discomfort in my left ovary area, felt the fullness in my pelvic area as if I were getting my period for a couple of days, and then it went away, but still have the occasional discomfort. Is it possible that a cyst this small in 2015 has converted to "something bad"? I have the order and will make an appointment for the US and then I will see her, since I think that bypassing the office visit will save time to get a faster result.

Any insight or experiences of your own that you could give me would be greatly appreciated as I am terrified and thinking the worst!

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Hello MendMe,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us for input.

An anechoic avascular cyst is generally benign and of no particular consequence. It should be evaluated every 6-12 months for a year or so. If the cyst does not increase in size, there is nothing to worry about.


March 14, 2017 - 7:59am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you, Maryann for welcoming me into the EmpowHER community and for your response, which has calmed me down quite a bit. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for me. Hopefully the cyst has not grown and there's nothing to worry about. I'm concerned about the discomfort that I've been feeling even though
it's not steadily and not sharp or strong. Could there still be enough hormone production at 62 years of age to cause these sensations? I went into menopause at age 57. Thank you again from the heart for your response.

March 14, 2017 - 1:04pm
Guide (reply to MendMe)

Hello MendMe,

If you are postmenopausal, your ovaries are stopped producing estrogen and progesterone.


March 15, 2017 - 9:26am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you, Maryann for all of your help.
All the best.

March 20, 2017 - 4:23pm
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