Endometriosis after menopause, usually goes away. However, “Some women continue to experience endometriosis symptoms after menopause”.

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

In Facts About Endometriosis the World Endometriosis Society’s definition is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel”.

Endometriosis After Menopause

Does endometriosis go away after menopause?

In Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms During Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Usually, endometriosis does go away after menopause. Uncommonly, it can return with the use of menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), especially if there is no progestogen component. Even more rarely, it can return for no reason without any hormonal treatment”.

In Endometriosis Toolkit: A Patient Empowerment Guide – Endometriosis and Menopause the (United Sates) Society for Women’s Health Research note:

“5% of endometriosis patients are postmenopausal”.

Endometriosis After Menopause

Cancer

Can endometriosis transform into a malignant type of cancer?

In Endometriosis and the Menopause: Why the Questions Merits Our Full Attention the authors note:

“As an estrogen-dependent disease, endometriosis was thought to become less active or regress with the onset of the menopause. However, based on some new data, we are discovering that this pathology can emerge or reappear at this period of life. Clinicians must consider it as a possible cause for cases of pelvic pain, and heavy bleeding. Authors have described a possibility of transformation of the intraperitoneal proliferation into a malignant type with ovarian, bowel and even lung metastasis. The risk of transformation into an ovarian cancer is around 2 or 3%”.

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What if I think I am having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause?

In Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov note:

“If you are having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause, talk to your doctor about treatment options”.

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Last Updated: 06 May 2022 – Last Revised: 01 March 2021