I'm 53 with an enlarged ovary, by doctor report. It's been 3 years or so since my last period. The quick question is - can a post-menopausal woman have an enlarged ovary that is NOT ovarian cancer???
Here's the story - in an annual exam earlier this past week, my doc expressed some concern, as she felt my left ovary was enlarged. She recommended a sonogram and some blood work, which I shrugged and said, "why not!" I asked what an enlarged ovary might indicate (dumb me) and she said rather boldly, "ovarian cancer." I smiled, and shrugged dismissively...thinking to myself, "Okay....right. AS if!"
Yet I did the good patient thing and had both blood and sonogram done by the end of this week. Prior to the appointment the hospital called informing me that because I had not met my deductible, the $1600. procedure would be my responsibility to pay. Gasp. Cough. Cough. Last time I had a sonogram, I'm pretty sure the fee was somewhere in the $500. range. What's up?
Well, when I arrived for testing I was quite surprised to find that the sonogram recommended was not just external - as I discovered "on the table" - but also inter-vaginal. And damned if that wand up the uterus was really uncomfortable when encountering my left ovary. No the technician did not reveal anything.
So here I am, on a weekend, between a Friday am test and a Monday or Tues. possible doc feedback call. That would be fine and dandy, if not for the internet. However, all internet searches regarding an "enlarged" ovary in a post menopausal woman suggest only one thing - ovarian cancer.
They really should have explained the whole transvaginal ultrasound test. I'm afraid I would have kicked someone across the room if they'd been that sneaky. Even when I did have my TVUS, I was pretty tense and ready to react. If it eases your mind any, it only goes in a few inches into the vagina, not way up into the uterus. I know the wand is very long but I think that's so the tech can stay back a bit from your body parts.
My doctor was more subtle about the fat cyst I had. I thought my bloating and fatigue was due to my goofy heart. When she said she was going to send me for abdominal ultrasounds, I caught on pretty quickly. But she never said the "C" word.
For your peace of mind, I'm also post menopausal, had a 10 cm cyst on my ovary. Like you, I thought my ovaries had shut down. Where the heck did this come from? But I had surgery, had my cyst, ovary and tube removed and everything was fine. No hint of cancer. So yes, there can be happy endings.
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