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What is an Ovarian cyst

For all women, the ovaries make cysts as part of their natural function. The only exception to this would be those who have yet to start their periods or who have become postmenopausal.  In everyone else having periods, it is the norm. So why the interest in ovarian cysts?

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a surgical technique used to help women with heavy periods. The theory is that the lining is where the period is derived from. So removal of this lining should stop the periods altogether.

Postmenopausal bleeding

Commonly called postmenopausal bleeding, this symptom is important as it may indicate that there is an underlying disorder.

The menopause occurs when the ovaries cease to function and stop their production of hormones. It is these hormones that drive the womb to thicken the lining and then shed it resulting in the periods that a woman gets. By the time women reach the ages of 50 – 60, the ovaries diminish their activities and eventually will cease to function altogether. At that time, periods will cease altogether. It is therefore unusual for women to experience bleeding after the menopause.