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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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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Which hormones regulate the ovarian cycle?

Which hormones regulate the ovarian cycle?

4 basic, multiple o: Lh, fsh, estrogen and Progesterone are the basic hormones in regulation. But multiple other factors are just as important. Insulin. Weight. Stress levels, food consumption/energy expenditure.. ...Read more

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How can the uterus respond to ovarian hormones?

How can  the uterus respond to ovarian hormones?

Variable: The uterus responds to ovarian hormones by bleeding or not bleeding. If hormones are adequate & balanced, bleeding is absent until the drop in Progesterone (if not pregnant) induces menstrual bleeding. Hormone imbalance can cause irregular & unpredictable uterine bleeding among other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can hormone fluctuations cause ovarian cancer? Can wild hormone fluctuations due to PMS or birth control pills cause ovarian cancer? .

Can hormone fluctuations cause ovarian cancer? Can wild hormone fluctuations due to PMS or birth control pills cause ovarian cancer?

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No: The cause of ovarian cancer is unknown. But oral contraceptives certainly do not cause it. In fact there is some degree of protection provided in women who have taken oral birth control pills. ...Read more

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How can I have an ovarian cyst while on hormonal birth control?

How can I have an ovarian cyst while on hormonal birth control?

Many reasons: Many cysts are not hormone-dependent so ocp doen't affect them. Ocp can also fail to prevent cysts just like they can fail to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have an ovarian cyst while taking hormonal birth control?

How is it possible to have an ovarian cyst while taking hormonal birth control?

Different type cysts: Not all ovarian cysts arise from ovulatory follicles that failed to rupture and release the egg. Some cysts spontaneously develop from other cells in the ovary. Examples include "dermoid" cysts which can contain hair, skin secretions and other mature adult tissues. Other types are cystadenomas (both serous and mucinous), and cystadenofibromas. ...Read more

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Elective hysterectomy? Family history . Sister, ovarian cancer 54, mother uterine. No kids, stopped birth control 24, I am 60.

Possibly: Since your sister had ovarian cancer you are eligible to undergo brca testing. This tests for the gene that some women carry that increases the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. If that test is positive then you would consider an elective hysterectomy. If you have relatives with colon cancer then testing for lynch syndrome can also be done. Unless one of these is positive there is no need. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more