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04/05/2012, 06:47 PM
Hi, I very sadly had a second miscarriage in late March. Dh and I are both keen to hopefully conceive again in the near future. My Gp is being very kind and supportive and has reccommended I see a gynocologist to discuss if there is a reason for the m/c or not. She has writtten me a referral and attached all the relevant notes, scans and blood tests to give to the specialist.
I was looking through them and noticed the last scan I had, which was after my d&c as I had an infection and she wanted to check if there was any retained product, which there wasnt. I have an enlarged right ovary 12.4 (bulky it said) and my left was 10.2. What does all that mean, is it normal to have an enlarged ovary or not?
Also my Iron (Ferritin) levels are quite low - they are 15. She said when I questioned what it should be, she said it should be between 20 - 200! So I am very low, which isnt really surprising after what I have been through and after having a blood transfusion.
I am taking iron supplements, tablets at the moment, but she said it might be best I have an Iron infusion to bring my levels up above 50.
I have always had low Iron levels, under 20 by the seem of it. Thinking back to when we were planning on TTC #2, which would be 6 years ago now! Why would my iron levels be
I would really appreciate youre thoughts, thanks for reading?
05/05/2012, 12:48 AM
Enlarged ovaries can mean PCOS or you may have a cyst instead - do you get any abdominal pain? If you do its most likely cysts. If you have long or irregular cycles then its most likely PCOS. It can mean in rare cases ovarian cancer which is why its good your seeing a gyno to get this checked out just in case.
05/05/2012, 10:01 AM
Hi Shellby thanks for youre reply. If I had PCOS I would have thought that Id of had trouble conceiving, but that was all fine. I do get a slight bit of abdominal cramping, on the lower right side, but I thought it might have been after having my d&c and I did have an infection too. I have an appointment to see a Gynocologist next week, so hope that all will be ok. If it is cysts, do they have to be removed?
05/05/2012, 10:26 AM
I'm very sorry to hear of your recent miscarriage.
I have an enlarged right ovary too. Apparently my right ovary is polycystic - has many cysts but I don't have PCOS. It confused me too. But from what I gather having a polycystic ovary doesn't necessarily mean you have the syndrome.
I had ultrasounds done on both ovaries to see what was happening when I was ovulating as I had 3 m/c in a row and then it took me a long time to get pregnant with DD1. The results of this was that my right ovary doesn't appear to release eggs and forms cysts instead while my left ovary works fine. So I was told that I it would take me longer to conceive but didn't give me an explanation for the miscarriages. I conceived my first baby very quickly but had a 'missed' m/c discovered at my 12 week scan. I had two more m/c after I had my d&c but were very early at 5 weeks. So I had 3 miscarriages before I conveived DD1 - it took more than a year to conceive her and have a successful pregnancy and then DD2 came along very quickly without any drama (i.e. first try).
In the end while I had no explanation for the m/c's I went on the have 2 successful pregnancies in a row.
I hope your journey gets easier.
05/05/2012, 02:12 PM
Just from my own experience an enlarged ovary can mean heaps of different things because it depends what is happening in the ovary for it to be enlarged. If a good size follicle (where the egg grows) is developing then it is perfectly normal for the ovary to stretch as well. Sometimes it could also stretch because a cyst has formed and this is also fairly common and not always something to worry about. Sometimes lots of tiny follicles/cysts can also make the ovary larger and this could be a polycystic ovary (very common and something like 1 in four women have this) or it could be quite normal at the early start of a cycle before one follicle takes the lead. So on its own I think it is really hard to interpret but I am sure that during the scan they would have checked to see why the ovary was a little larger and the specialist should be able to explain in some more detail.
05/05/2012, 07:15 PM
Hi Flutter Bug Thanks for sharing and for youre kind thoughts. Im sorry to hear that you had to go through 3 m/c, its very confusing and heartbreaking. The frustrating thing is that FS and specialists dont always find a reason for it. I have been lucky to get an Appt next week to see a specialist, so hopefully all will be normal. Just lately, well since my d&c it does ache abit at times on the right side of my tummy.
Thanks ****** for youre reply and for sharing. I feel a little worried after seeing enlarged right ovary on my scan report, but at the same time it might be completely normal like you said, it might just be larger at that stage of my cycle. As I have just had my first AF since my d&c 4 weeks ago. I would have thought if it was something of concern the pathologist or my Gp would have mentioned something to me.
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