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Forum Name: Ovarian Cancer

Question: Ovarian cancer or menopause


 afoster2 - Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:20 am

i am 49 years old and have pain in my left ovary. i have had a period every 2 weeks for 2 months, is this ovarian cancer or menopause?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:36 am

User avatar Hello,
One of the problems with ovarian cancer is that it is considered a "silent" disease because it does not usually give you warning with pain, etc. So, my thought is that it is not likely to be this. However, you should be having annual exams with your gynecologist because that is the best way to screen for disease. There are many possible causes for pain, including ovarian cysts. Also, there are many organs in the pelvic cavity aside from the sex-related organs. Pain can be coming from any number of areas from urinary tract system to bowel disorders and digestion.

The period of peri-menopause can also bring a variety of symptoms so seeing your doctor about this is a good idea. Many people have so many symptoms during this period that they actually feel great once actual menopause occurs.

You need the general pelvic exam and any recommended labs such as thyroid, hormone levels, etc. to be sure you are not missing something that might give you relief through treatment.

Best wishes.

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