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Like a few others on here I am experiencing what feels like ovary pain post menopause. I am 61 and had my last period aged 56. I had a hysterectomy in spring 2008 for severe prolapse but my ovaries were retained (not what I wanted, I can tell you). I had this pain after the op and in autumn 2008 had a blood test and u/s scan and the results came back clear for Ca ovary. A big relief. Over the following months the pain faded away and I wondered if it might be adhesions or even psychological, but the pain has come back in the last few weeks (intermittently) and I know I need to get back to my doctor for this to be checked out again. I am aware it could easily be to do with my bowel rather than ovary but this right ovary was the one that gave me crippling ovulation pain when I was still having periods. I was just looking for someone to be able to chat this over with - it is very worrying and I am sure that doesn't help the symptoms any. Any support would be most welcome.
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replied February 4th, 2011
sensation of ovulation (post menopausal)
I too am having the sensation of ovulation after menopause; I have not been to the doctor because i doubt there's anything wrong, but it is the oddest thing to feel this. I've felt it before in the last few months and I never have a period so I know it is probably something other than ovulation but it feels EXACTLY like it felt when I was ovulation way back when. I am currently 56 and had my last period about 4 years ago. So glad you know what I'm talking about. I do not know how this site works so I don't know if we'll ever speak again; I hope you are doing just fine.
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replied July 15th, 2012
Hi, I just found this forum and thought I'd let you know I have the same symptoms as you, I'm 55, periods stopped about 4+ years ago. I am going to try and see my Dr as soon as I can and ask for an ultrasound and lab work. Are you going to see your Dr? Hope you get my message and can write back, Thanks if you can. I've done so much reading about ovarian cysts and tumors and with my age it prompts me to investigate it. Let me know how you are doing.
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replied September 18th, 2012
Hello folks,

Gosh this is all really helpful. I noticed pain in my right ovary last Sunday, and it's just flared up again. Am 55, two years since my last period and still experiencing hot flashes. I think I will visit my GP if this persists. 10 years ago I had my left ovary removed due to a rather large cyst, the pain was similar. I love the post about being in hospital and having a rest (fingers crossed I get the same) and the one about melting snow with the hot flashes! All the best from the UK Shef 1 x
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replied February 5th, 2011
I had an email message there was a rely to my post - after all this time!!! Like you I don't know how this site works or whether this reply will be posted so don't want to give my email address in case it is broadcast to the world!!

I continue to experience the pain at intervals - sometimes with months of nothing, then just as I about to forget all about it, it will start again - niggling away. I have stopped worrying that it is something sinister - though I continue with hot flushes even after 10 years or so - with no sign of abatement!!

If anyone knows how to make contact privately I would be pleased to know how.
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replied December 26th, 2011
Hi I have just found this site, i know it is a while since you posted but I wondered how things are with you now.
I am experiencing occasional dull ache in right ovary area, I do suffer from IBS but this pain is not typical for me. I insisted my doc did a CA-125 which i am now awaiting result.
I just wondered what your pain felt like and if you have had any more idea what it could be
Please reply to my post or PM me.
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replied July 15th, 2012
Hi, I just found this site and wanted you to know I have the same pain in my rt ovary and I'm going to try to see my Dr as soon as I can. Since I'm 55 with a history of cancer on my mom's side of the family (7 women had it in different forms and eventually died) I am very concerned about my symptoms. I have researched images on an USN of benign and malignant tumors. From what I read, eventhough certain tests are accurate) the only way to tell is by biopsy or surgery. I would even consider having both ovaries removed, and if the price is the same, I'd have my uterus removed, too! Its too bad to have to do it, if my ovaries were ok I'd just keep them. But I thought it was best to have everything removed, it could prolong my life. My Mom had uterine cancer when she was 80, had her uterus removed and is doing just fine, she is 86 now with no more sx. I've had surgeries before a long time ago so I'm probably overdue to have another. There's no point in doing a biopsy because I don't want to take the chance of any disease process spreading, it makes the most sense to me to just have a hysterectomy/oophorectomy. Plus, if I'm hospitalized I won't have to make dinner, hospital food really isn't that bad. I would miss my dogs though. Both kids are in college and I would encourage them to just stay in school, I'd rather go thru this by myself. Husband can stay home, too, he has MS so bad he can hardly walk. Gosh I hope my Dr visit/testing has a happy ending. Has anyone else had a similar experience with their ovaries? Thanks, HappyHeart56
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replied July 15th, 2012
I don't think you mentioned your age, and I read that CA125 is most accurate in post menopausal women, I will ask for one, too. Hope yours turns out okay and you can write and let me know, thanks.
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replied February 16th, 2011
I am sixty and have noticed the same pain every few months and it is identical to the pain I had all of my ovulating years. I have not had a period in 10 years.
The pain is nagging but it goes away. I think I would seek medical advise if you have not had regular checkups or if the pain gets severe.
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replied May 13th, 2011
I am so relieved to find this thread. I also am having a lot of pain in my right ovary at age 60. It is the very same ovary that gave me problems pre-menapause. I used to get ovarian cysts (functional) and it's the exact same pain but I no longer have my period and also I had my uterus removed at age 40. I wish so much that my surgeon had taken out my ovaries too. I also was plagued for years and years with endometriosis which went undiagnosed for 20 years. Back then, it was not a commonly looked into 'issue' and I suffered terribly. I thought it had all ended with the removal of my uterus and menapause. And, now, here I am again with the same darn pain in the same darn ovary. Same bloating, back pain and on and on. I began feeling it last Nov and had a negative ultra sound. But there is something wrong, most definitely. I'm scared to death but can't bury my head in the sand any longer or I'm afraid I will literally be buried. Would love to chat and hear more from others.
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replied May 29th, 2011
After an entire afternoon of wondering what this pain is, I finally did a Google search for "ovarian pain in menopause" and it brought me here. Can any of you describe your pain to me so I can compare it with my symptoms? It has been a sort of intermittent throbbing and often a series of sharper shooting pains. I'm feeling more of an ache on the left side and the pains are on the right. Very low down, so I'm assuming it's ovaries. I hit menopause very early - at age 42 - and had one large ovarian cyst which the docs decided to leave alone. That hurt like heck and I'll never forget it. This is similar, though not as bad as that cyst experience. I've had little twinges on and off since then, but nothing like the pain today. I thought it would subside but it hasn't. It would ease my mind a bit if I knew what form the pain takes in other people. Thanks Smile ~terry~
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replied July 7th, 2011
Post menopause ovarian pain
Wow....a relief to know I'm not alone. Early menopause - 48, no kids, no surgery. Feels exactly like the pain from periods; left side. It seems to come on once a month, lasts a few days. Same kind of described by you, terryg51. Very uncomfortable. My GYN wants to see me again in Sept. She has no idea - yet. I still get the hot flashes too - love them in the winter - I can melt snow Smile
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replied October 28th, 2011
Ovary Pain Left Side
Terry,
I too experienced Periomenopause at about 43. I'm now 46 and haven't had a period in several years. It seems like the past few months have reminded me what it was like however.
I was always able to feel myself ovulate and now it seems that my Left ovary is ovulating once more. The pain can be very sharp but it's not consistent. It flares then goes away. A couple minutes later it will flare again. It seems to last for about 3-4 days and then it's gone until the next month.
Thankfully I have no period which was usually the next event. I haven't seen a doctor about this specifically but I did mention it offhand once. He didn't seem overly concerned but then I didn't really ask him about it. I asked if it was normal to have a period after Menopause and he said definitely not. He said any bleeding after menopause is abnormal and should be checked. That's when I told him that it felt like I was going to have a period but I would let him know. After reading these posts, I think it's time to bring it up to him more specifically.
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replied April 25th, 2012
Your description of sharp flaring pain is familiar. This hit me last night. I use a very low dose Combi patch, which has eased hot flashes and insanity. I had a patch directly over my ovary, and moved it to the other side this morning and took some Motrin.
I'd not heard of this issue until I googled, as other ladies here have, seeking information.
So, probably good to see the Dr/NP and have an ultrasound to r/o other issues...Thank you all.
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replied April 25th, 2012
Post (peri) Menopausal Ovarian Pain
I am 53. For me, it started yesterday...it is on my L ovary. Sharp pain, just as when ovulating. When I palpate it, I can feel more soreness. I am gassy, so I thought maybe that was it initially, but since I can feel the ovary (I used to be a doula), it appears specific. If it's not resolved in a couple of days, I will go into the doc.
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replied July 7th, 2011
update: a cyst the size of a planet...
Thanks, rj54! The idea of your hot flashes melting snow made me grin!
And since I wrote that post of mine, much has happened. It turns out I have a very, VERY large cyst and I am presently undergoing pre-op tests, with surgery scheduled for later this month. The doctor said she wants to remove both ovaries -- it would already be over and done with if I hadn't been moving house on July 1st. After that initial flare-up I first wrote about here (which got so bad that on the third day I took a cab to the ER) things sort of settled down, except 28 days later (surprise!) the pain started up again like PMS cramps like I never once experienced in my cycles. I used to hear friends talk about bad cramps but I never knew what they could be like until now. Wow. And this is what I got for NOT seeing my gyno for two years... she would surely have caught it while it was much smaller. And I'm hoping my experience will help at least one friend of mine, who admitted that she hasn't seen her gynecologist for six years!Anyway, I hope the removal of the ovaries will put an end to all of this discomfort and RJ, I wish you the best in September when you talk to your doc and please post here again to let us (me) know the latest. Meanwhile, be well and happy and stay cool! Very Happy
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replied September 14th, 2012
Ovarian pain
I have had ovarian pain for several years esp. my rt ovary. Post-menopausal since mid-forties now 55. Though about having ovaries removed, but will have to take hormone replacement drugs - not sure if it is worth it. I think my ovaries are causing soft bowel movements (have to watch my fiber intake now) and bloating.
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replied August 25th, 2011
Amazingly, I just googled this as it's happening to me as well. I am 57, went through menopause two years ago, but feel as if I'm still ovulating monthly (slight cramping and a really uncomfortable feeling). I have an appointment with my doctor in October so will talk with her then. I'm just grateful that I'm not alone.
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replied July 15th, 2012
No, you're not alone, I've been having rt ovary pain almost like ovulating. I'm going to see my Dr as soon as possible and request an USN and CA125. Maybe you will have the same tests. I'm glad I found this forum, I feel somewhat better I am not alone either. But I will be nervous finding out what is going on with my ovary. Gosh, let's hope for the best! Write if you want to exchange anymore symptoms. Hope others will write to me so I won't feel so alone with this.
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replied July 24th, 2012
ovulating pain
hi i am 53 and have ovulating type pain in my right side for a month, my last period was 5 months ago, i had an ultrasound today , nothing abnormal was detected, why hadnt my doctor ever heard of such a thing happening in women, i feel a bit better now knowing there are others.
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replied September 5th, 2011
Post Menopausal: bleeding/ovary sensation/ ? menses
I just turned 50. After 4 years of no menses, I started the other day. I can't make an appointment, it was the weekend and Labor Day. LOL

But my excretion is scant, but I feel like I am menses, and I also felt a throbbing in my right ovary, kind of took my breath.

I will let everyone know my experience as I go through this. please feel free to email me
I would be glad to share my situation. I will be going to a Women's Health Care at a great medical center. So, please watch for my posts.
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replied January 4th, 2012
What happened at the doctors? I am 51 postmenapausal for 3 years, but have recently been having pain in both ovaries R > L. Had ultrasound today, but found no obvious reason for pain. Small 1 cm. cyst on R ovary. Just curious if others have had any other diagnosis?
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replied January 4th, 2012
Ovarian pain postmenopausal
What happened at the doctors? I am 51 postmenapausal for 3 years, but have recently been having pain in both ovaries R > L. Had ultrasound today, but found no obvious reason for pain. Small 1 cm. cyst on R ovary. Just curious if others have had any other diagnosis?
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replied September 10th, 2011
I have been in menopause for 8-10 yrs now. The last
2 months and especially today, I feel like my lower
stomach is swollen and like I am going to have a period
any minute now. I am so uncomfortable. I have had no
children, no surgeries and my ovaries and uterus are stil there. Why I am hurting, I dont know. I just feel
like I am going to start any minute. I am miserable. I
had a little bleeding and went to the doctor and had a
palvic ultasound but it showed nothing. I need to get
some help. I have to take aleve or advil to stop this
pain. I cat stay on this because it is damaging to the
kidneys. Being a diabetic I cant afford a kidney problem. I onder if I need to call the GYN Dr back?
Need advice.
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replied June 21st, 2012
Ovarian pain
I would definitely go to your GYN!!be persistent.
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replied September 10th, 2011
I have been in menopause for 8-10 yrs now. The last
2 months and especially today, I feel like my lower
stomach is swollen and like I am going to have a period
any minute now. I am so uncomfortable. I have had no
children, no surgeries and my ovaries and uterus are stil there. Why I am hurting, I dont know. I just feel
like I am going to start any minute. I am miserable. I
had a little bleeding and went to the doctor and had a
palvic ultasound but it showed nothing. I need to get
some help. I have to take aleve or advil to stop this
pain. I cat stay on this because it is damaging to the
kidneys. Being a diabetic I cant afford a kidney problem. I onder if I need to call the GYN Dr back?
Need advice.
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replied September 11th, 2011
Should ovarian pain and cysts just be ignored?
I am 61, almost 62. I have been experiencing the ovarian pain for years actually. Several years ago I had a sonogram and had a small cyst on the side that did not hurt. Now the pain is on both sides. I am post menopausal. It happened 11 years ago when I had breast cancer and began taking tamoxophin. I, of course, have my pap and check up every year. I have a CA125 test everytime. I have told my GYN that I want to just have my ovaries removed so that I don't have to be concerned about the pain issue anymore. He kind of shrugs the idea off but I am going to go back and tell him to do it...remove my ovaries. I seem to experience the pain more frequently and having had breast cancer I simply don't want to think about my ovaries anymore. In addition to the ovaries, the pain sometimes goes around my back and down my hip. With regards to post menopausal cysts, I have read that women who get these are more prone to ovarian cancer. I don't think ovaries should remain if you are having cysts and are post menopausal. I think women need to be very pro active about this and watchful. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.
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replied September 11th, 2011
Should ovarian pain and cysts just be ignored?
I am 61, almost 62. I have been experiencing the ovarian pain for years actually. Several years ago I had a sonogram and had a small cyst on the side that did not hurt. Now the pain is on both sides. I am post menopausal. It happened 11 years ago when I had breast cancer and began taking tamoxophin. I, of course, have my pap and check up every year. I have a CA125 test everytime. I have told my GYN that I want to just have my ovaries removed so that I don't have to be concerned about the pain issue anymore. He kind of shrugs the idea off but I am going to go back and tell him to do it...remove my ovaries. I seem to experience the pain more frequently and having had breast cancer I simply don't want to think about my ovaries anymore. In addition to the ovaries, the pain sometimes goes around my back and down my hip. With regards to post menopausal cysts, I have read that women who get these are more prone to ovarian cancer. I don't think ovaries should remain if you are having cysts and are post menopausal. I think women need to be very pro active about this and watchful. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.
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replied September 11th, 2011
You are right. Pay attention to what your body is
telling you. If it hurts something is causing it.
Having pain, like I do is uncalled for in this day and
time. There is too much advancement in the medical field
to let this pain continue. I do not want to have
ovarian cancer. Something is going on with me. I cant
take this pain everyday
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replied October 14th, 2011
Hi, I'm 53 and been having aching pain in my ovaries for 5 months now. Just had a C-scan and it came back normal. Thank goodness, been so very worried! But now, what do I need to do now? My GYN says she doesn't know what's wrong. Also, my pap came back normal too. Glad to have found this site and that I'm not alone! Never knew menopause could be so painful. If anybody has some good advice please let me know.
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replied October 24th, 2011
Hello everyone,

I am so glad I found this forum today.

Leso, I am replying to your post because it is the last one I see here, and I don't really know what I'm doing! Smile

I am 52 and have also been experiencing an aching feeling in my right ovary area for about 2 weeks now. On top of that I have the same feeling as many of you that it feels like I could start my period any minute. I also spotted just a tiny bit a couple of times. I went to my doctor and had a pelvic exam in which he felt nothing but is sending me for a pelvic ultrasound to be sure. I have a 3 week wait for that and am going crazy already. I've asked to be placed on a cancelation list in hopes of an earlier date. I will be watching to see how many of your stories turn out and will post my results whenever I finally have some news.

Good luck to all and thank you for posting your experiences....it really helps to know you're not alone.
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replied November 29th, 2011
hi I am also 52 and started feeling pain in my left overt a few days ago, whatever happened in your case? I am going to try to get and see the doctor tomorrow. She is not a GYN but she is very good and hopefully will order tests I am worried
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replied December 13th, 2011
Hi everyone,

Sorry it took me this long to write another post, but I have been distracted. The good news is that my pelvic ultrasound showed nothing supspicious at all--my ovaries looked fine. In fact the pain has gone away since I posted in October as well.
Unfortunately for me the pap test that I had at the same time in October was not normal. I have a much less common reading of atypical glandular cells and apparently it is necessary to follow this up with further testing. They referred me to a gynecologist and I don't see her until January.
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replied October 14th, 2011
Hi, I'm 53 and been having aching pain in my ovaries for 5 months now. Just had a C-scan and it came back normal. Thank goodness, been so very worried! But now, what do I need to do now? My GYN says she doesn't know what's wrong. Also, my pap came back normal too. Glad to have found this site and that I'm not alone! Never knew menopause could be so painful. If anybody has some good advice please let me know.
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replied October 20th, 2011
Wow. I had to google "throbbing ovary pain" and this is where it led me.

I went into menopause at 39 - yes - that young. I am currently 44. Yesterday, it started as pressure on both ovaries. Today it's throbbing on both. Not sure if I should call my doctor. Sometimes I think HE doesn't have knowledge nor will he refer my to a gyno. Glad to know I'm not alone.
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replied October 20th, 2011
Wow. I had to google "throbbing ovary pain" and this is where it led me.

I went into menopause at 39 - yes - that young. I am currently 44. Yesterday, it started as pressure on both ovaries. Today it's throbbing on both. Not sure if I should call my doctor. Sometimes I think HE doesn't have knowledge nor will he refer my to a gyno. Glad to know I'm not alone.
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replied December 13th, 2011
hi everyone...i am 45 and when i was 43 i have been having period pain for about a year with about 2 periods a that year, went to the doctor and had hormone tests which were normal, went 3 months later and tests normal again mind you i was having hot flashes every hour 24/7 no sleep and my docor said all is ok, well after requesting another test much to his dismay it come back that i was in menopause, as for the period pain i had scans and it was detected that i had a tubal cyst the size of my womb which was the causr of my period pain, had the tube removed and now have been on hrt for about 8 months which is like the pill where i still bleed...couldnt quite let go of my tampons just yet:) so ladies request ultrasounds cause any pain is not normal
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replied January 6th, 2012
My period ended when I was 38. The last couple of days feels like I am having a period as I am too suffering from ovary pain, have discharge, not the red stuff and sore breasts and I'm 51 yrs old!!! I have had the odd hot flash and some of the other symptons of menopause but nothing like this. I think my body is just telling me "it's time" even though I started menopause 13 yrs ago.
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replied January 23rd, 2012
It is normal for female to get ovary pain after the menopause,just keep the good mood and diet,it is helpful for the disease treating.
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