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Discharge letter-Post laparoscopy

In my discharge letter it says I have a ‘retroverted uterus’ which was ‘slightly bulky’. It also says both of my ovaries were slightly ‘enlarged and polycystic’.

I have been discharged from my consultant but I wanted to know if anyone has any of these things or know what they are?!

(I am going to speak to my GP this week but just want a clearer idea before I go!)

Thanks in advance!

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Hi,

I had an ultrasound where they said my ovaries looked polycystic, I instantly thought of polycystic ovary syndrome. But when it was explained to me the polycystic appearance is actually a medical term for high egg reserve meaning you could be highly fertile. Obviously don’t quote me on that but that’s what it meant for me. The other bits I can’t really comment on as I’ve no experience with those but hope the dr can reveal more for you. Xx

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That’s what I thought! And I had no idea what that meant for me. Thank you for clearing that up for me, I’m hoping that is the same for me to! I will speak to the doctor anyway but I appreciate the reply🙂xx

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No worries, I was really worried when they said it to me, they said I had multiple cysts and my ovaries looked polycystic.. I went 4-5 weeks worrying I had loads of cysts and a condition I knew nothing about... wish they’d think to use every day terms to ease our minds.

I hope you’re recovering well and you’re happy being discharged. Fingers crossed it’s all good news from here for you xx

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Yes I’m not surprised they make it sound like PCOS or related! I instantly panicked about fertility etc.. it would make more sense!

Thank you! I’m getting there slowly but surely🙂 and the same for you, sending hugs xx

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I also have a retroverted uterus and it just means that it's tilted back x

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Does it ever cause you any issues? X

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Not really tbh, it's quite common x

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I’m glad to hear that🙂I don’t think I could deal with anything else at the moment! X

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They do say though that it can be caused by certain conditions including endometriosis x

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I did read about that, it’s good to know so thank you xx

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Sex is very painful for me especially with a low cervix. So yeah add that with my endometriosis sex is very worrying except when I’m ovulating, no pain then.

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It’s awful isn’t it😞

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I have all the above following my laparoscopy and I did ask the consultant what some of it meant.But as you know following a laparoscopy the anaesthetic is still in your system and you aren’t thinking clearly. Retroverted uterus causes me painful sex. The ‘bulky uterus’ ask about as I have adenymosis and that represented as a bulky uterus but sometimes consultants use terms to describe something completely different like the poly cystic ovaries. Which was written in my report but it didn’t mean I have PCOS.i hope this makes sense just get them to describe each term and write down what it means.

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I will definitely be asking but I have a few answers about what they are now which is good🙂I wish they would use simple words!

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A bulky uterus could well be caused by adenomyosis..

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I’ve never heard of it! What is adenomyosis?

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Like endo but within the walls of the uterus itself. It causes more uterus-specific symptoms like spotting and heavy periods as well as pelvic pain. It can cause the uterus to become enlarged and give it a strange 'boggy' texture- hence bulky!

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