Ovarian pain during menopause, as with other points in women's lives, can stem from several causes, including cysts, tumors and temporary inflammation from exercise or eating certain foods. Ovarian pain appears in the lower abdomen, and can be either acute or chronic. Ovarian cysts are common, benign sources of ovarian pain in menopausal women, but all women with ovarian pain should consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis, notes WebMD.
Ovarian cysts are among the most common chronic causes of ovarian pain in women of all ages, including those in menopause. Cysts are non-cancerous sacs that form on the ovaries. They are filled with clear fluid, and may rupture or dissolve on their own. Ovarian cysts can occur in isolation or in clusters. Although they come and go, pain arises when cysts tear or rupture. Pain may even be severe, and can be mistaken for other causes of abdominal pain.
When ovarian pain occurs, women should schedule appointments with their gynecologists or obstetricians, says WebMD. Doctors use questions to identify the potential cause of pain. They might ask when the pain started, how frequently it occurs, and whether it is getting worse. Doctors might also ask patients to describe the pain, either as aching, burning, sharp or mild. They use several diagnostic tools to evaluate the ovaries, including blood tests, ultrasounds, CAT scans and MRIs.