I'm Kim 56 yrs old and during a routine lumbar MRI a few weeks back a large 11.5cm cyst was found in my pelvic area. I saw a wonderful gynae specialist last night in a fast track clinic and she has said it has to come out along with my fallopian tubes and ovaries so I am due to have a bi lateral salpingo oopherectomy in a couple of weeks. She is going to leave my uterus and will do a smear during the op as my bladder, uterus and cervix are completely pushed forward and to the side by the cyst at the moment which looks like it is a right sided ovarian cyst. Obviously we won't know if it is malignant until histology reports on it and she is going to try to do it laproscopically but if needed will proceed to laparotomy. I am on HRT and post menopausal but I believe the ovaries still produce hormones even post menopause. My questions are will this op cause me to gain weight and will I need to increase my HRT?
It would certainly explain my stress incontinence, bowel problems and abdo pain and pain in my groin and legs which has been really bad of late but I had just put them down to the menopause.
I was also invited to participate in a new 'Rockets' study being conducted by the University of Birmingham looking into the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and trying to establish other ways for doctors to determine when a woman should be referred. My CA125 was 35 which is the high end of normal but from my understanding this test is not particularly conclusive alone.
I would like to talk to women who have experienced the same thing as this as I have so many questions which of course always come to me in the middle of the night!