Ovarian cysts and cyclic hormone replacement therapy: Is there an association?

Itai Bar-Hava, Raoul Orvieto, David Vardimon, Yoram Manor, Ariel Weissman, Roni Nelinger, Zion Ben-Rafael

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Objectives. To evaluate whether there may be an association between postmenopausal ovarian cysts and hormone replacement therapy. Methods. The study comprised 564 consecutive, asymptomatic, postmenopausal women who were referred for routine, transvaginal ultrasound examinations between January 1 and December 31, 1995. Various demographic and ultrasonographic parameters were recorded on a prospectively-created, computerized data base. Results. There was no difference in the prevalence of ovarian cysts with or without hormone replacement therapy (10.5% vs. 12.5%, respectively). However, in the subgroup of early postmenopausal women (40-55 years), the use of hormone replacement therapy was associated with a significantly reduced prevalence of ovarian cysts (10.4% vs. 28.6%; p < 0.05). Conclusions. Hormone replacement therapy is associated with a reduced prevalence of ovarian cysts in early postmenopause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Menopause
  • Ovarian cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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