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tfyffe posted:
Had right ovary pain for a few years a couple days a month, then 3 months ago it was constant discomfort. They did vaginal ultrasound Monday, couldn't see ovary for mass, scheduled MRI for Tuesday, took 4 tubes of blood and I go back tomorrow for the results. Of course, I'm thinking cancer. I have had lower back discomfort, bloating, frequent urination, it seems I have most of the symtoms. I guess I just feel better discussion this with others who have been on both ends of this spectrum. I can't sleep, eat, think. I'm 47 and never been more afraid in my life. You think it always happens to someone else. Guess I'm just wondering how many ovarian tumors turn out to be something else or when the ovary is involved is it typically cancerous. Any thoughts or encouraging words out there?
someonewhocares3 responded:
So sorry you're dealing with this! If the mass is originating from the ovary and you have no family history of ovarian cancer then it's likely that the mass is benign. (A woman's lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is less than 2%.) What did the MRI show?

I had a 9cm ovarian cystadenoma discovered via ultrasound and also had a CT scan. My gyn rushed me into surgery and removed the ovary as well as my other ovary and uterus even though the frozen section was benign. He should have only removed the cyst or the one ovary as recommended by the oncologist to whom he referred me for consultation. That was 5 years ago and I wish I had a do-over.

If surgery is recommended, be sure to understand what's going to be done and why. Women's sex organs are removed unnecessarily at alarming rates. Keep in mind that with breasts, they'll do lumpectomies. Similarly, a gyn skilled in cystectomy can usually remove an ovarian cyst leaving the ovary intact. Here's some info on ovarian cysts -
Ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer

Here's a video of the functions of the female organs -

Hope this is nothing serious!
someonewhocares3 responded:
What did you find out? Hopefully nothing serious!

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