Questions (Sorry, Long)
I am 43 years old, and in early menopause probably from having ovary and ovarian cyst removed 5 years ago. No periods for 2 years. I am taking estradiol 2mg and progesterone 5 mg every day. During the last year I have gained almost 25 lbs due to taking a job, not exercising.
Recent changes I have noted are almost no hair growth on my legs, and sleeping better than I have for months. About 3 weeks ago, my bb's started hurting and then I had spotting this week, brown old stuff, but enough to call it a period.
My gyn ordered an ultrasound. My uterine lining is ok, but there is a 3.7cm cyst on my remaining ovary. I will repeat the ultrasound in 6 weeks.
My questions are:
1. Did I ovulate? 2. Did my estrogen levels increase because I have gained weight and am storing estrogen in fat? 3. Can the estrogen stored in fat actually affect your system, i.e. cause a period? 4. Did increased estrogen cause the cyst to grow, or did the ovary and/or cyst cause the period? I don't know how all this works.