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Endometriosis related to thick uterus lining even after menopause?

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

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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What might cause a thickened uterine lining in a woman with premature ovarian failure vs. One in natural menopause?

What might cause a thickened uterine lining in a woman with premature ovarian failure vs. One in natural menopause?

Estrogen excess: Endometrial thickening is usually due to excess estrogen effect on the uterine lining or infrequent ovulation. A polyp, submucus fibroid or (less commonly) an endometrial cancer can cause an abnormally thickened endometrial lining. ...Read more

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What are some causes of uterus thickening after menopause?

What are some causes of uterus thickening after menopause?

Depends: Some women taking hormonal replacement may have a thickened lining. Women who are diabetic, obese, may also have thickening. Polyps may appear as a thickened lining as can certain cancers. If the lining is thick a simple d&c, hysteroscopy (looking inside with a scope) will provide rapid answers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a thickness / liquid in the uterine lining other than cancer for a woman who is going though or has been through menopause?

Is it possible to have a thickness / liquid in the uterine lining other than cancer for a woman who is going though or has been through menopause?

Uterine lining: Yes! By far, an endometrial polyp would be the most common cause of those ultrasound findings. Infections can also cause the findings. If there is bleeding/spotting, then cancer is present about 20% of the time. ...Read more

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40yr old, uterine polyp endo lining thick, estrogen high. No menopause yet. Will amberen work for me to balance hormones?

40yr old, uterine polyp endo lining thick, estrogen high. No menopause yet. Will amberen work for me to balance hormones?

No: I've checked the ingredient list for amberen and do not see anything listed that would be either helpful or harmful in this situation. With a thick lining, high estrogen and a polyp, a cancer or precancer must be ruled-out and treatment with natural Progesterone the best option in many situations. ...Read more

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I am 60 and have been post-menopausal for 20 years. I've taken bhrt for most of that time. My uterine lining is thick (abt 3-5 cm) and I am to have a prometrium (micronized progesterone) sweeping. [rest of q in subsequent msg]?

I am 60 and have been post-menopausal for 20 years. I've taken bhrt for most of that time. My uterine lining is thick (abt 3-5 cm) and I am to have a prometrium (micronized progesterone) sweeping. [rest of q in subsequent msg]?

Uh oh: If your uterine lining is really 3-5 centimeters thick - you need to have some form of biopsy done (endometrial biopsy in the office) or d&c.The uterine lining of a postmenopausal women should be closer to 3 millimeters, and if it is 3cm, there is a very high chance of having endometrial cancer.I don't know what Prometrium (micronized progesterone) sweeping is, but if it is taking Prometrium (micronized progesterone) for 7d, to cause. It isn't enoug. ...Read more

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Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Leiomyomas: Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that. ...Read more

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Spotting and thick uterus lining after menopause, is it danger?

Spotting and thick uterus lining after menopause, is it danger?

Requires attention: More often than not, when caught early, this situation is not cancer, but should be evaluated and treated asap. If cancer, and treated early can be cured. If not cancer, it will not go away or get better, and must be treated sooner or later anyway. Delay could lead to cancer. ...Read more

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Besides cancer, why would the uterus lining be thick after menopause?

Besides cancer, why would the uterus lining be thick after menopause?

Overgrowth or polyp: Women often experience an overgrowth of the lining of their uterus, the endometrium, called hyperplasia. The hyperplasia may be only simple, requiring only hormonal treatment, or complex, with atypia, which is more worrisome since it can be precancerous, best treated with hysterectomy. If the uterine lining's thickness was noted on an ultrasound, it may also be due to a polyp, usually benign. ...Read more

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Very sore in ext. Vaginal area I avoid sex and in menopause. Waiting for results from pelvic ultrasound to see if uterus lining thin. Suggestions?

Very sore in ext. Vaginal area I avoid sex and in menopause. Waiting for results from pelvic ultrasound to see if uterus lining thin. Suggestions?

Vaginal Estrogen: When you are in menopause, your body stops making estrogen. Since the vaginal tissue is very sensitive to estrogen, it can become thin and lose its ability to stretch. When you have intercourse, you can actually get micro-tears in the vaginal wall that are painful. These symptoms usually respond to a vaginal estrogen cream or tablet. Don't have intercourse if its painful. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Does your uterus shrink after menopause?

Just a little: Your uterus will undergo a little shrinkage after menopause, in some women more than in others, but if it was significantly enlarged before menopause it will not shrink back to normal size. ...Read more

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How common is carcinoma of uterus nearing menopause or after menopause? Thanks

How common is carcinoma of uterus nearing menopause or after menopause? Thanks

Peak incidence: Uterine cancer peak incidence 49 yrs and older (premenopausal and menopausal woman. Rare in younger woman. ...Read more

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Will my uterus shrink after menopause? I have very painful adenomyosis which presses on my bladder.

Will my uterus shrink after menopause? I have very painful adenomyosis which presses on my bladder.

Good chance: That you will get alot of relief after menopause. Conservative surgery for adenomyosis is often unsatisfactory. Hysterectomy coudl bea good choice if you are not ineterested in future childbearing. ...Read more

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Will my uterus shrink after menopause, I have very painful adenomyosis which presses on my bladder.?

Will my uterus shrink after menopause, I have very painful adenomyosis which presses on my bladder.?

Yes: Once you go through menopause, defined as no period for 12 months, then your uterus will get slightly smaller and the adenomyosis will get better. If there is any confusion about the source of your pain, call your doctor! ...Read more

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I am peri menopausal, with pain and bloating, unusual bleeding and now a thickened lining of my womb....any ideas? 40 yr old

I am peri menopausal, with pain and bloating, unusual bleeding and now a thickened lining of my womb....any ideas? 40 yr old

Get checked out.: You should have a thorough workup to determine the exact cause of these problems and to be sure that there's nothing dangerous. Full history, physical exam, ultrasound and possibly biopsy may be needed. The results of this work up will help determine the best treatment options for you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can substantial weight gain cause your uterine lining to thicken?

Can substantial weight gain cause your uterine lining to thicken?

Yes but: Weight gain can cause endometrial thickening but this is not normal. This is from excess estrogen and it is a risk factor for cancer. If your endometrial lining was thickened please get evaluated. ...Read more

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If you don't ovulate does your uterine lining thicken?

If you don't ovulate does your uterine lining thicken?

It can: When you don't ovulate, the ovaries may still produce lots of estrogen. Without the Progesterone that comes after ovulation, the lining may grow unchecked and over time lead to hyperplasia and cancer. ...Read more

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I'm trying to conceive but have been told my uterine lining is thin. Is there anything I can do to thicken it up?

I'm trying to conceive but have been told my uterine lining is thin. Is there anything I can do to thicken it up?

Thin Endometrium: This is one of the most difficult problems wee see. Often it is not something that can be corrected. Viagara suppositories, trental, vitamin e, acupuncture and herbal medicine have all been tried with very unpredictable results. If all attempts to address this fail, you may resort to working with a gestational carrier. ...Read more

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Is a polyp usually detected with a hysterescopy & removed with D&C. Mine wasn't, only seen when I had hysterectomy for thickened uterine lining.

Is a polyp usually detected with a hysterescopy & removed with D&C. Mine wasn't, only seen when I had hysterectomy for thickened uterine lining.

Yes: A polyp should be seen with hysteroscopy, D&C alone may result in incomplete removal of the polyp, unless hysteroscopy is done after the D&C to make sure that the polyp was removed. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between ovarian cysts and abnormal uterine lining thickening?

Is there a relation between ovarian cysts and abnormal uterine lining thickening?

Sometimes: Most ovarian cysts result from how an egg develops. Sometimes an egg doesn't release normally and the hormones can become mixed up. This is most common in adolescents and in women approaching menopause. You should talk to your gyn provider about what you are experiencing and how to treat it. ...Read more

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I recently had a tvu, wihich showed a thickened uterine lining. The doctor suggested it may be adenomyosis. Could it be uterine/ovarine cancer?

I recently had a tvu, wihich showed a thickened uterine lining. The doctor suggested it may be adenomyosis. Could it be uterine/ovarine cancer?

Yes but unlikely: I suppose it is possible to have uterine cancer when the lining is thick. There are simple in office and in the operating room ways to get a sample of the tissue and make sure. But more likely the doctor thought the uterine muscle tissue was thickened which is a different part of the uterus which is usually adenoymosis. ...Read more

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So confused why prescribed prometrium (micronized progesterone) for just thick uterine lining if its used to thicken lining?

So confused why prescribed prometrium (micronized progesterone) for just thick uterine lining if its used to thicken lining?

Let me help.: Prometrium (micronized progesterone) is a type of progesterone. Progesterone stabilizes the lining of the uterus and tells it not to get any thicker. When you stop taking the progesterone, a few days later the lining will come out like a period. It's actually the estrogen that makes the lining grow thicker and the Progesterone that stabilizes the lining. ...Read more

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Gyno unexpectedly biopsy's cervix for thickend uterine lining says this will come back inconclusive. I will need to put you to sleep and do dnc?

Gyno unexpectedly biopsy's cervix for thickend uterine lining says this will come back inconclusive. I will need to put you to sleep and do dnc?

I think u mean: Gyn biopsied the endometrium, not the cervix, if your gyn does not have the set-up to do this in office, like I do, which is called a hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy or D&C means it will have to be done in the hospital or maybe u can be referred to someone who can do it in office, I am able to do 99% of those in office with my pts awake, very uncommon today to have to do that in hospital. ...Read more

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Sometimes, women pass thick uterine lining in period. After having progestin, why did I pass one? Progestin should prevent it from thickening, right?

Sometimes, women pass thick uterine lining in period. After having progestin, why did I pass one? Progestin should prevent it from thickening, right?

Withdrawal bleeding: Yes Progesterone counters Estrogens effect to grow the lining but when Progesterone is stopped you will clean the lining more completely. Be careful to take Progesterone under mds supervision. A pill will give you better cycle control and birth control. ...Read more

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Is it true that 2 x vitamin E, 1 x zinc, and 1 x fish oil capsule can thicken a uterine lining?

Is it true that 2 x vitamin E, 1 x zinc, and 1 x fish oil capsule can thicken a uterine lining?

No: No, it would have no effect on the uterine lining. The lining grows in response to the estrogen you produce in the first half of your cycle. Since you have an ovarian cyst, your hormone levels may not be correct. Talk to your GYN. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I was told I have a thickened uterine lining? What other tests should be done, besides a transvaginal ultrasound?

Should I be worried if I was told I have a thickened uterine lining? What other tests should be done, besides a transvaginal ultrasound?

Normal: It is normal for premenopausal women to have a thickened endometrium, which can up to about 15 mm in thickness. The thickness changes based on the phase of the cycle. ...Read more

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Is thickening of the uterus lining cause for concern? I am 29 and had a child 1 year ago.

Maybe: If you are having regular periods with no breakthrough bleeding, it is not likely to be a problem. But if you do not have regular monthly menses, the thickening could be an indication of endometrial hyperplasia, which can progress to endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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When does the uterus lining stop thickening? Is it just after ovulation?

Yes: The thickness of the endometrial lining is usually evaluated prior to ovulation when the lining is under the influence of estrogen. After ovulation and the secretion of Progesterone the thickness of the endometrial lining does not change significantly any more. ...Read more

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I have a 2mm lining after an ablation in 2005. Is there a way to thicken or "repair" my uterus?

Endometrial ablation: The purpose of endometrial ablation is to help stop heavy bleeding by burning and thinning the endometrial lining of the uterus. A thin line on ultrasound is expected and desirable. Is there a reason why you want to thicken your lining? Do not try to get pregnant with the endometrial ablation because it may lead to a placenta accreta. ...Read more

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What causes the uterus lining to thicken? I had my ovaries removed Nov. 2015 and now my uterus is measuring 5.6. I was told it needs to be 4.

What causes the uterus lining to thicken? I had my ovaries removed Nov. 2015 and now my uterus is measuring 5.6. I was told it needs to be 4.

Endometrium: The lining is fed by estrogen. The lining may be thickening from estrogen pills, or from estrogen produced in your fat stores. Progesterone acts to keep the lining thin. If you are on estrogen, you should also be one progesterone. Hope this helps. DrG ...Read more

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What does thickening of outside of the uterus lining mean?

What does thickening of outside of the uterus lining mean?

Lining of uterus: When the lining of your uterus is thick it means that either you are in the last phase of your menstrual cycle or also it can be due to pregnancy. However, medical conditions of the uterus can also resemble a thick endometrium, like endometrial hyperplasia (pre -malginancy) endometrial polyps, or uterine fibroids. ...Read more

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Reasons for thickened uterus lining only on top right confused with results?

Reasons for thickened uterus lining only on top right confused with results?

Possible polyp: If this was found on an ultrasound it could mean a polyp. A sonohysterogram or hysteroscopy can tell you more. Good luck. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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A recent cat scan showed thickening of uterus. I am 66 yrs old, menopause began 2005. Should I be concerned?

A recent cat scan showed thickening of uterus. I am 66 yrs old, menopause began 2005. Should I be concerned?

Probably not: But it should be discussed with the ordering doc to see if additional testing and or imaging is needed. ...Read more

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My doctor said I have an enlarged uterus and that the lining has thickened due to hormones and did not seem concerned but I am!?

My doctor said I have an enlarged uterus and that the lining has thickened due to hormones and did not seem concerned but I am!?

Depends: The lining of the uterus can change depending on where you are in your cycle. It will be at its thinnest right after your period and thickest right before. Did your doctor say why your uterus is enlarged? Fibroids which are benign muscle tumors can enlarge a uterus. Honestly call or make an appointment to speak with doctor. If you don't understand results don't be scared to have dr review. ...Read more

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Do I need treatment now, no symptoms, 1 yr ago endometrial lining thickened to 39 mm, uterus enlarged to 13 weeks size with lots of small fibroid?

Maybe: If had a biopsy a year ago and your doctor ruled out cancer as cause of your thickened lining, and you're not having any irregular bleeding, then you might be okay. An endometrial biopsy is only good for 1 year, so it may be time to discuss any uterine conditions with your doctor again. Lots of small fibroids often do not need to be operated on, especially close to menopause. Call dr for appt. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

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