Menopause can be tough; it's not just the physical symptoms of menopause that you have to deal with, but the emotional ones too. It's no wonder that postmenopause is sometimes looked upon as some kind of utopia by perimenopausal women. You'll no longer have to worry about periods or getting pregnant, and you'll be leaving behind a whole host of unpleasant symptoms.
But what if you did still have to worry about cysts growing on your ovaries? Unfortunately, it is still possible to develop this condition after the end of reproductive life. But exactly how common are ovarian cysts during postmenopause? Keep reading to find out.
What are Ovarian Cysts?
This is the term for a sac of fluid that grows in, or on the outside of, the ovary or ovaries. To be classed as an ovarian cyst, the growth must be larger than two centimeters, but cysts can grow to larger than the size of a grown man's fist.
Generally, ovarian cysts are benign and may not require treatment, often disappearing by themselves. However, sometimes these cysts can become malignant or cause pain to the host and in this case treatment will be required. Treatment may involve surgery, which can entail the removal of one or both ovaries in extreme cases. Read on to learn if you're at risk of developing ovarian cysts during postmenopause.
Postmenopause and Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are very common among premenopausal women; in fact most women will have them at some point in their lives. However, 14-17% of postmenopausal women also develop cysts, so although the risks are smaller, you may not be completely in the clear.
Although about 95% of ovarian cysts are benign in all stages of a woman's life, there is a small chance that these cysts could be cancerous, even during postmenopause. Keep reading to discover the symptoms of ovarian cysts in postmenopausal women.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts during Postmenopause
There are symptoms that you can look out for that may suggest you have an ovarian cyst. Symptoms may include:
Pain in your lower abdomen, vagina, lower back or thighs
Difficulty emptying bladder
Increased levels of hair growth
Nodules under the skin that feel like bruising
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be that you have an ovarian cyst. These are usually benign, but it is worth visiting a doctor to get symptoms checked out, even in postmenopause.
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