Medical Specialty >> Oncology

Doctors Lounge - Oncology Answers

Back to Oncology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/21/2017.

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.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us