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A Gnome Stole my Ovary? A Gnome Stole my Ovary?

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Unread 05-28-2021, 11:40 AM
A Gnome Stole my Ovary?

It all started with a sharp pain my my clitoris, that moved into my vaginal opening. I realized that I was very over due for a pap. So, I made the first available appointment. Which just so happened to be with a male doctor. Of course there was no explination as to the sharp pain. But, my uterus felt enlarged.

So, I went in for a ultrasound, where fibroid were found and I was told that my left ovary wasn't seen. So, I asked for an MRI. The MRI of my pelvis shows that my uterus is still enlarged. There are several fibroid. The largest one is located at the top of the uterus and measures 8.4 cm. The next biggest one is on the left side and measures 2 cm. The right ovary is normal is size and again the left ovary was not seen.

After both my ultrasound and my MRI, the doctor stated not seeing my left ovary was not a problem. But, I am very concerned that my left ovary can not be seen during ultra sound or MRI. Also, I am having lower abdomen pain, outside of my menstrual cycle. And my last period was almost a month long.

I understand that having issues such as lower abdominal pain, back pain, pelvic pressure, abnormal periods, may be related to the fibroids. And I feel that gynecologists thoughts are that as I am reaching menopause, the fibroids will decrease in size and symptoms may resolve. But, what about that left ovary? He is being so nonchalant about it. That I even began to wonder if I may have never had a left ovary.

But, I have had three kids... more then a few ultrasounds. Surly someone would have told me that I didn't have one before now!

So... how do I proceed? What do ask the gynecologist for now?
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Unread 05-28-2021, 05:31 PM
Re: A Gnome Stole by Ovary?

No seeing one ovaries happens, there can be some obstruction. It doesn’t mean it’s gone
Unread 05-28-2021, 06:52 PM
Re: A Gnome Stole by Ovary?

Please do not be overly concerned. GPMS is correct. Your ovary can still be there - and there may not be any gnome foul play. Others have experienced this same situation.

What concerns me is you do not appear to have confidence in your doctor. If you do not feel you are being listened to ( regardless of whether the doctor thinks something is an issue or not), than perhaps you should consult another doctor.

My fibroids did not shrink by the way - they continued to grow larger!

Please take deep breaths and get another opinion.

Sending virtual hugs.
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Unread 05-28-2021, 07:11 PM
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Please check out this thread!

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Unread 05-28-2021, 07:11 PM
Re: A Gnome Stole by Ovary?

My fibroids grew much larger after menopause. In fact it was one of the main reasons for my hysterectomy. As far as the missing ovary...have you ever had any other abdominal surgery? Tubed tied? Endometrios clean up? I had a surgery for endometriosis. The Dr. was to go in and clean up the adhesions. I found out afterwards that she had removed one of my ovaries and I didn't know beforehand. Not to scare you. Just curious if that might be the reason? Mine was removed while I was in surgery due to a cyst on my ovary. I must have signed something saying the Dr. could do what she deemed necessary during surgery. I wouldn't worry too much about it at this point. It's not harmful to only have one. I went years with only one until my hysterectomy until they removed the other.
Unread 06-01-2021, 04:20 PM
Re: A Gnome Stole by Ovary?

I can only speak from my experience. I too was thought to have 1 ovary when I had a tubal ligation then confirmed again when I had the hysterectomy. The probable reason for me was that my mother was given DES when she was pregnant with me, I also had uterus malformations. I did carry 2 children successfully although the second one was 7-8 weeks early, but I also had at least 2 miscarriages. I also had fibroids inside and outside my uterus, so that lead to the hysterectomy after menopause. Best wishes for a good diagnosis and outcome.
Unread 06-01-2021, 06:50 PM
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I had an ultrasound and an MRI before my hysterectomy as well, and the doctors never could see my right ovary. They found it during my surgery and it was normal. I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you do decide to move forward with surgery, your surgeon should check out everything during the procedure.
Unread 06-09-2021, 07:54 AM
Re: A Gnome Stole my Ovary?

You are your best and most important health advocate. I had fibroids, big ones and several other troublesome symptoms. I went to the doctor 2x, took antibiotics, etc. I decided to see another doc and there I found my answers. My hidden ovary was being pulled by a tumor. No, it's not common and it was the worst case scenario not the norm for most by any means. My point is persistence. It's your quality of life. Push for a solution that is for you!

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