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Is PCOS possible after menopause?

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Dr. Aarti Abraham

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Posted on Tue, 3 Mar 2015 in Women's Health
Question: I am 61 years old and divorced. My 31 year old daughter has PCOS, could not get pregnant until going to a fertility clinic five years and now she has 4 1/2 and 3 year old sons. She has so many of the complications of the PCOS, she encouraged me to do some reading online about this syndrome because she believes that I may be suffering from it also. To my alarm, I have practically ALL of the symptoms shown on the PCOS webpage, including menstrual problems since I was 17 years old (had to get an injection at 17 just to get my period started & on birth control until I was 29 years old to help regulate my "AWFUL" periods). At 30, after stopping the birth control I finally had my daughter. I have had a heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hair loss, mental health problems (diagnosed at age 34), diagnosed diabetes, and have had a D&C a few years ago due to the thickening of my uterus, a fistula between my bowel and my bladder, which I had to have colostomy surgery, wore the colostomy bag for nearly one year, but thankfully had successful reversal surgery, have had C-dif colitis three times, almost died the third time while in the hospital for an entire month, total knee replacement in one knee and dislocated patellar in the other, which is in operable (I'm now permanently confined to a wheelchair) and more symptoms, which I won't take time to list. I have not been tested for PCOS and I have not had a pap smear since the D&C. My question is: should I go to the gynecologist, who did the D&C (who only takes patients referred with specific problems) and request a PCOS test and a pap smear as a follow-up from the D&C? After all the problems I have had and still do, it scares me that I may develop ovarian cancer. I never dreamed that so MANY health problems could be the result of having PCOS. I would also know if there is any treatment available to me at this late date for PCOS and its symptoms. Thank you sincerely for any advice you can give me, Karen-Irvin Dickson
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
You cannot have PCOS after menopause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
Let me reassure you first.
PCOS is a condition that most menstruating women have.
It is a hormonal disturbance , and hence totally hormone related.
Menopause means absence of all those hormones and hence, post menopausal women cannot have PCOS !
So please do not worry at all.
Yes, after menopause you should be having the following workup annually -
Internal exam by a Specialist OB - GYN
Annual Pap smear
Pelvic ultrasound scan.
Just have those done, it will also reassure you regarding your fear of ovarian cancer.
Regarding PCOS, you need no treatment since you cannot have it.
Take care.
Please feel free to discuss further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 minute later
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 minute later
Brief Answer:
Dont worry, the information is confidential.

Detailed Answer:
This information is totally confidential.
I hope you received your answer.
Please do not worry.
This is a reputed doctor consultation site, and the information is anonymous and confidential.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham 4 minutes later
Thank you for your quick reply. I will make an appointment with my gynecologist right away.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Thank you too.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you too for your appreciation.
Please get the workup done, and PCOS is thankfully something that you need not worry about at all, at your age.
Please feel free to write in to me directly anytime, just by clicking the following link -
http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/doctors/dr-aarti-abraham/64623
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