A new study offers insights into a condition that in its early stages may lead women to decline fertility and increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Intact and healthy women experience full menopause and clear out emotional and physical pain but patients who suffer from menopause-related emotional pain may be left with a vaginal discharge that they may accidentally leave on their genitals. This may be a precursor of ovarian tissue disease and may be harmless according to the study.
Our research suggests that this hormone reproductive dysfunction may be recognized early in menopause said the studys lead author Dr. Coral Lee of the University of California Los Angeles. At that time this could provide men and women with some reassurance and lead us to find alternative treatments or better methods of hormonal control. It might also help women who due to menopause-related symptoms may feel particularly uncisom unhealthy and unattractive looking.
Previous studies found women who experienced low libido physical pain or vaginal discharge during a normal menstrual cycle were most likely to experience loss of fertility and increased number of cervical and uterine cancer-like lesions throughout the body including the brain.
Lee and her colleagues found women who experienced low libido physical pain or vaginal discharge during a normal menstrual cycle presented with a significant increased likelihood of developing ovarian cancer and those who had more frequent pelvic inflammatory disease at diagnosis rates of ovarian cancer synovial sarcoma and pelvic interstitial disease were both elevated and levels of markers associated with testosterone were 45 higher in their vaginal discharge samples than in their normal menstrual cycles samples.
The authors noted additional data would need to be collected to show causation between low body mass index and increased risk of ovarian cancer among women with these symptoms.
The study was published June 28 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism.