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Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Likely, no: CA 125 is not recommended as a screening tool for ovarian cancer when used in risk-based stratification. Meaning, assuming that your mom or sister didn't get diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Normal for women with endometriosis to have elevated CA-125. It sounds like your doctor has done Ultrasound to evaluate ovaries as well. Your MD knows your history and risk, likely this CA-125 level is normal ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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10-12 after menopause I am bleeding, not a lot but any scares me. Why am i bleeding now ? Very stressful day and took a walk fof over an hour after 2-3 years. Also did a lot of yard work for the first time this year.

10-12 after menopause I am bleeding, not a lot but any scares me. Why am i bleeding now ? Very stressful day and took a walk fof over an hour after 2-3 years. Also did a lot of yard work for the first time this year.

See your doctor: Bleeding after menopause (defined as 1 year without a period or any bleeding) is always a reason to see your gyno. Your activity is unlikely to be a cause. There are some simple causes, such as a dry vagina and bleeding after sex, and some more worrisome causes that definitely need evaluation and treatment (pre-cancers and cancer). Don't worry, but do make an appointment today. ...Read more

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Do you see endometriosis after menopause?

Do you see endometriosis after menopause?

Yes: Unusual but could be seen during the menopausal years specially if the patient is taking hormones. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endometriosis after menopause?

What are the symptoms of endometriosis after menopause?

Pain: Since you are not having periods anymore, pain would be the main symptom. Pain may be constant and aggravated by intercourse and or orgasm. Pain with urination and bowel movements or passing gas may be signs of this condition. See a gynecologist with experience in this condition. ...Read more

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Endometriosis related to thick uterus lining even after menopause?

Unlikely: Endometriosis is related to estrogen. After menopause a woman's estrogen goes way down and endomtriosis isn't as painful. Thick lining of the uterus after menopause needs an endometrial biopsy to make sure no precancerous cells are growing. ...Read more

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What is the best HRT for a menopausal woman who has had endometriosis?

What is the best HRT for a menopausal woman who has had endometriosis?

Patch: There is no correct answer to that question, but probably an estrogen patch will be of most benefit. And if you have a uterus, probably continuous Progesterone will be of some benefit in helping to suppress any residual endometriosis. But there are many different ways to go about this. ...Read more

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OB said my endometriosis will disappear when i reach menopausal period. Is it true?

OB said my endometriosis will disappear when i reach menopausal period. Is it true?

Endometriosis: Some women will have milder pain symptoms from endometriosis when they reach menopause. This is not always the case. Hormone therapy such as estrogen or birth control pills, given to reduce menopausal symptoms, may cause these endometriosis symptoms to continue. ...Read more

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How is menopause diagnosis in a woman who is on birth control for the tx of endometriosis?

How is menopause diagnosis in a woman who is on birth control for the tx of endometriosis?

Check on placebo: Your MD could check an FSH level towards the end of your placebo week, although it could miss it. You are awfully young to be looking at mean pause, although premature menopause can happen. If you were going trough premature menopause, the most likely treatment would be low dose OCPs, which you are on. ...Read more

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I am 24 I have endometriosis and for the past few month my periods are really light hot flushes menopause early am so scared?

I am 24 I have endometriosis and for the past few month my periods are really light hot flushes menopause early am so scared?

Why scared? : If you are having periods then you are not in menopause. Endometriosis is not related to early menopause. You will need to see your doctor to discuss the variety of other things that can cause hot flashes. ...Read more

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I have been told I have fluid in the lining of the womb and I have something like endometriosis but it's outside the womb Im through menopause ?

I have been told I have fluid in the lining of the womb and I have something like endometriosis but it's outside the womb Im through menopause ?

Concerning: Fluid in the uterine cavity is normal in younger women but after menopause it is concerning for cancer. You need to see a gynecologist for evaluation and you may need an endometrial biopsy. The tissue outside the uterus is also something that needs further evaluation, Please see a gynecologist soon. ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and I just had surgery to take some fibroids out they want to give me medication to make me go through menopause im 32

Temporary: The medicine will not truly put you in menopause, it is temporary and completely reversible when you stop the drug. The med is for pain mangement; if you don't want to use it, talk with your docotr. ...Read more

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Had menses on 12/25 then on 1/11. Never happened before in my life. Beginning of menopause or related to endometriosis? Am 45. Should i see my gyn?

Had menses on 12/25 then on 1/11. Never happened before in my life. Beginning of menopause or related to endometriosis? Am 45. Should i see my gyn?

Irreg periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis of gut be a problem after menopause?Had abdominal endo.Some years ago. Could it be affecting me now at 64?

Great question!: If you have abdominal endometriosis during your reproductive age, it should be resolved naturally after menopause. The chance of endometriosis may come back at age 64 is very unlikely. However, if you on hormone replacement, or for what ever reason, your natural estrogen production increases, theorectically, it is possible to reactive the old endometriosis tissues. ...Read more

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Advanced stage 4 endometriosis. 2015 treated by Hysterectomy + tubes/ovaries. How is recurrence Diagnosed? Currently use estrodiol 1mg for menopause​.

Advanced stage 4 endometriosis. 2015 treated by Hysterectomy + tubes/ovaries. How is recurrence Diagnosed? Currently use estrodiol 1mg for menopause​.

Estrogen: Endometriosis needs estrogens to make symptoms. If after stopping the Estradiol 1mg - which is a low dose and should not cause endometriosis to grow to begin with - symptoms what is thought to be endometriosis persists, that diagnosis needs to be challenged - it's unlikely to be endometriosis. ...Read more

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What arethe possible side effects of using letrozole to attempt to treat endometriosis in a pre-menopausal woman without added birth control/hormones?

Endometriosis: Without question and without delay you must make an appointment to see a Gynecologist. If possible prepare a brief list of the medical issues you have had recently. That will help the doctor take good care of you. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I am very confused had blood test said menopause 6 months later had a period. Went for a pelvic scan the person doing the scan said endometriosis 3 ?

Need More Info: Menopause can sometimes be diagnosed by labs, but they are not perfect & it is defined as no period in 1 year in the CORRECT clinical setting. It is not unusual for someone your age to be in perimenopaise to have a some breakthrough bleeding while the hormones settle down. It would be odd for a first diagnosis of endometriosis at 48 & I would want to know what kind of scan and exact results. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more