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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,

I have exactly same problems and I have even smaller ovaries than you do. I wonder what your doctor have told you? Is everything ok now?

I’m so worried! Thank you so much!


July 25, 2018 - 10:36pm

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.

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