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What do small ovaries mean?

By March 19, 2017 - 11:11am
 
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I am a 27 year old female. I have been on birth control pills for about 5 years, and always had normal periods before and after starting the pill, and my family has no history of infertility or premature ovarian failure. I recently had a transvaginal ultrasound to investigate abdominal pain, and the report stated that I had very small ovaries: left ovary 1cc, right ovary 0.7cc. I am not currently trying to get pregnant, and I am still on the pill, and I can't seem to find any information online about small ovaries in people who are not currently struggling with infertility. I cannot get an appointment with my OBGYN for another 2 weeks, and I am very worried that this means that my ovaries are failing at such a young age.

Does anyone know what could be causing such small ovaries in a healthy 27 year old? I read a few things online about birth controls making your ovaries shrink (temporarily), but I couldn't find any reliable sources, and my ovaries seem EXTREMELY small! Any information would be great!

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Hi, smallovary27.

Thank you for your post.

Ovaries do get smaller with age and fertility decreases. In addition to the smaller size of the ovaries with age, other causes can be:
-Premature ovarian insufficiency (causing early loss of follicles)
-Infection or inflammation of the ovaries
-Chemotherapy or radiation

It's important to see your gynecologist (or a fertility specialist) for an evaluation and discuss your concerns. I know you said you have an appointment.

Keep us updated

Best,

Helena

March 19, 2017 - 12:54pm
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