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    Ovary just disappeared??
    purplemoon0130 posted:
    I had endometriosis and had a hysterectomy approximately 13 yrs. ago. They removed everything but one ovary with the tube . I never had a pap since then. Early this year, I started wondering if my ovary that was left was ok. I'm on Medicaid and have to see my PCP first for everything. She did an exam on me and she could not find my ovary! Can they shrivel up and disappear after so many years? I asked her what could be the problem and she just answered "I have no idea where it's at. I can't find it." She didn't suggest me seeing a specialist or gynecologist and I didn't think about asking her to refer me to one. I pulled out my surgery record that I had gotten from the hospital and it stated that I WAS left with my left ovary and tube. I am 52 yrs old and was wondering if menopause could have done this. I'm so baffled. Please help!
    Beetle56 responded:
    Hi, purplemoon ! I can't say if ovaries always disappear after menopause, but I can share my experience with you. At 19, I'm, now 55, I had to have 1 tube & ovary removed due to a large, benign mass. Following that, my annual exams were fine; the other ovary never developed the same condition. At 46, I went through menopause. When I went back to my reg. OB/GYN, 2 yrs. later, he couldn't find the remaining ovary. He ordered an ultrasound, just to make certain that all was fine; ultrasound didn't show it, either. At that point, he wanted me to see a GYN who specializes in disorders specific to what I had at 19 (this type of mass can go from benign to malignant very quickly). After another ultrasound & CT Scan, still no ovary! This Dr. explained that it's not unusual, following menopause, for the ovaries to shrink to the point that they can only be located during surgery. He said that healthy, functioning ovaries, naturally rely on hormones...with menopause, the sharp decrease in estrogen can cause the ovaries to shrink, harden and even "float" behind the bladder. I returned for another 2 yr. recheck, still no ovary! Obviously, by now, they've stop looking! I don't know if this answers your question, but I hope it helps.
    Paladin9 replied to Beetle56's response:
    Yes, they can disappear. I had a dermoid cyst on my left ovary in 1990 and had it removed although the doc was able save the ovary. Fast forward to 2006 when I again had a dermoid cyst but on the right ovary this time. The next day after surgery the doc said that she was amazed because my left ovary was dissolving itself. There was only a bit of it left. I'm not sure why but after the surgery in 1990, my left ovary did not function very well and the right ovary took over by shooting out more than one egg at a time. I had boy/girl twins in 2001.
    purplemoon0130 replied to Paladin9's response:
    WOW!! Congrats!! That is an awesome story and happy that you shared it. The only thing is I don't envy that you are now getting ready to go through all that puberty craziness with twins! LOL I wish you luck and happiness through the process. "665
    purplemoon0130 replied to Beetle56's response:
    Thanks for sharing your story, Beetle. I was a bit concerned about this "problem" and my doctor not responding like it was anything to worry about. It made me not trust my PCP. Now, hearing these responses eases my mind. Thanks so much! "665

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