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Old 11-05-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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9.9mm thickening of the uterus

Hello, I had an US 8 months ago and my uterus was thickened to 7mm. My OBGYN thought we should wait and do another US in a few months. Well in 8 months it is now at 9.9mm. I have been menopausal for 8 years now with absolutely no bleeding at all. They usually give me an US to check on my fibroids/cysts so this is how the thickening was found. I have so many questions. My Dr now wants to do a hysteroscopy w/d&c. Can the thickening be a hormonal estrogen imbalance or cancer? Can it be cancer without any bleeding? My 2005 US showed 4mm thickness and normal. So it looks like this all stated with menopause. Any help or comments very welcome. Thank you
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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Re: 9.9mm thickening of the uterus

Navajo: Are you overweight? Extra fat can increase your remaining estrogen which is unopposed by progesterone which, in turn, can thicken the endometrium. Yes, a D&C is one option, but a simpler one is an endometrial biopsy which is done in the dr. office. I am 64 and obese. Nine years ago I had very light spotting and an US was done.... endo was 25! Biopsy showed complex hyperplasia atypia which is the worst of the 4 stages of endo thickening. 25-30% develop cancer if left untreated. Total hysterectomy was recommended. After a lot of research, I chose, instead, to go on Megace, a synthetic progestin. I told the gynecological oncologist who recommended the hyster that when he could prove I had cancer, then we would talk hyster. To shorten the story..... Megace (later switched to Prometrium) has controlled the endo.... no sign of the complex atypia..... go in every 12-18 months for US. Just had one this month.... endo was at 5. Have had 2 D&Cs and about 8 or 9 US plus 3-4 biopsies (mainly when first diagnosed) over past almost 10 years. Feel these minor inconveniences are much more preferable to a hyster. Moral: have it checked out, but don't get rushed into a hyster.... there is an alternative.

 
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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Re: 9.9mm thickening of the uterus

Thanks for commenting Bacs46. Yes I am overweight.. alot! I seem to remember now that if you are overweight you tend to make more estrogen. In fact a few months ago I had a hormone saliva test that showed estrogen dominance and not much progesterone at all but my Dr. didn't seem to put much faith in the saliva test. You have brought some very interesting things to light for me and made me feel better
I will write your info down and bring them to my OBGYN.
Thank you so much

 
Old 11-11-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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Re: 9.9mm thickening of the uterus

My uterus lining went from 4mm to 9mm in 6 months. My Dr is almost positive it's from the HRT I am taking.I have stopped taking it and we will check my uterus again in a few months. So the short answer is that yes...hormone inbalance is probably the reason and not cancer.

 
Old 11-11-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Re: 9.9mm thickening of the uterus

I'm hoping you are right Kathryn. All the best to you.
Thanks for commenting and keep us posted.

 
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