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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Uterus (Definition)

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