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Unread 02-01-2001, 09:10 PM
friend's dilemma - ultrasound did not show ovaries!

Has anyone else had this response from their doctor. One of my best friends had a recent ultrasound. When she called her doctor today to see if the results were available yet, she was told by the doctor that her ovaries were not shown on the ultrasound. Because this friend lost her medical insurance as of 1/31, she told the doctor she would have to wait to make an appointment to see the doctor again. I am worried that she may need further testing and the medical insurance situation may prevent her from being diagnosed properly early. My friend is over 55 and has had two children in her 20's. She is concerned because of what my surgery found last year. What type test would be next to see why the ovaries didn't visualize?
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Unread 02-02-2001, 07:27 AM
friend's dilemma - ultrasound did not show ovaries!

Linda, has your friend spoke to her doctor about this? Has she already been through menopause and there is a possibility that her ovaries have "dried up" to nothing so they are not showing? The only thing is that she is so young!!! As for the insurance, she shouldn't be made to suffer if the problem is possibly due to someone else's error! Keep me posted on this please!
Unread 02-02-2001, 10:54 PM
friend's dilemma - ultrasound did not show ovaries!

Hi Linda,

Is it possible your friend lost the insurance due to a employment change? If so, most states have regulations where continuing coverage has to made available through Cobra. It normally extends the coverage period for 18 mos. so this will allow the person "continuous" coverage while waiting for a new employers health benefits to kick in. This is extremely important for people who have ongoing health issues avoid problems with medications, Dr visits and such being denied as pre-existing.

As for the MIA ovaries, that is odd. Did the Dr have any ideas such as what Cyd said??? I would think that if they were concerned they could order some type of scan such as a CT Scan to help with the visualization of the area. Although, if she is having problems with the insurance they may wait. BUT if there is anything the Dr is worried about due to the ovaries not being visible there should be no reason to delay further testing due to lack of insurance.

Sorry this is long, but another thing to check out. If your friend is unable to extend her coverage, she may want to check out some of the state run insurances that are available.

Please do keep us posted if you could.


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Unread 02-07-2001, 09:14 PM
friend's dilemma - ultrasound did not show ovaries!

Well, I'm reminded of what a garage mechanic once said to me. I was on a long road trip and my oil pressure gauge on my elderly car started flipping all the way to the right. I freaked out. I pulled into a roadside garage and the guy just smiled and said, you only have to worry if it flips the other way.

I think ultrasounds are the same way. It's an unusual reading, but it's the other way that you have to worry about. If you do see something, then you worry. Menopause does mean the ovaries shrivel up and eventually are not there. Average is more like 10 years after menopause, so it sounds like hers may have done that in 5 or 6 years of menopause. So normal just not average.

Of course she should make sure she knows the symptoms of serious pelvic conditions in case some show up some day, but I strongly suspect that she's in good shape. I do know first hand the anxiety of having no insurance. And I do know what worry can do to you, but as far as any reading I've done in the literature of ultrasound--some but not exhaustive--I think you can feel comfortable in reassuring her. If her doctor won't bill her or it'sworth her to pay for the reassurance, of course she should call her doctor, but she shouldn't worry about more expensive exams right now--though she should find some form of insurance--at least to cover catastrophes. There's some blue cross/blue shield plans and others with very high deductibles, but they do cover the big things and might be reassuring.

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