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Please can someone help interpret my Well Woman scan results?

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PinkHydrangea Mon 01-Dec-14 15:03:29

Hi all

I went to have a Well Woman pelvic ultrasound scan today - done privately as I'm 37 and fearing that time is ticking.

I'm still on the pill (or rather, today is my first pill free day and I'm planning to go pill-free from today).

I went to have a scan to have my general reproductive health checked out as I'm getting on as mentioned and about to start TTC for the first time.

What I want to know is - does being on the pill affect how many visible follicles you have?

The woman who did the ultrasound said she could see four follicles in my right ovary and none in my left (which she said may be due to being on the pill).

She said everything 'looked fine' and I was healthy.

However, I've just gone on to the internet and it seems to me that four visible follicles on the ovary is very low.

Was she unconcerned because I'm on the pill and my follicle count might increase when I come off if?

I came out of the scan feeling very happy, but now a bit concerned after what I've just read!

(I had to have 'follicle' explained to me....am very new to TTC as you can see, so please don't worry about sounding patronising - I need to have everything explained to me!)

flowers in advance.

PinkHydrangea Mon 01-Dec-14 16:48:03

Just giving this a wee bump - any thoughts at all gratefully received!

iniquity Mon 01-Dec-14 17:03:18

If the professional was happy so should you besmile. I guess being in the pill stops follicles developing.

Andcake Mon 01-Dec-14 17:08:26

I imagine being on the pill can an use an issue - i think the only way to tell is come off the pill and have the test done again - maybe in 3 months - annoying that maybe well woman should have advised you of this in the first place.
4 is low yes and would be worrying if true but being on the pill probably inhibits this.
Even with 4 though all you need is one good egg and you won't really know if its a problem until you ttc
good luck (ps I got pregnant naturally with an overall score of 5 a month before I conceived - I had been trying 3 years though with 2 mc - at the early par of my journey my score was 4 so didn't plummet in that time either)
Good luck

PinkHydrangea Mon 01-Dec-14 19:06:44

Thanks Andcake - that's very helpful!

Yes, she didn't explain at all the relevance of my results or the impact that the pill had in any detail, or the fact I need to go again after I've been off the pill for a while to get the 'true' picture.

Thanks a lot for explaining! flowers

PinkHydrangea Mon 01-Dec-14 19:08:06

PS And thanks for your own story - very encouraging smile

allchatnicknamesgone Tue 02-Dec-14 14:04:01

I would think the Pill is too dominant in your system right now to give accurate readings? Maybe a scan in 6 months time would be more beneficial? I assume she was on the look out for fibroids and polyps too except you don't mention. I would have thought they look at lining thickness also?
Having said all this, some women get pregnant as easy as sneezing after coming off pill, so maybe you'll be having different scan's in 6 months!
Good luck

Rufus200 Wed 03-Dec-14 19:58:52

I was told to come off the pill for my fertility check as they couldn't check anything except AMH and uterine polyps when on the pill as it causes your ovaries to be dormant and lining to be much thinner. 2 cycles off the pill and my ovaries went from no activity at previous on pill scan to being covered in cysts. Pill had suppressed my PCOS.

PinkHydrangea Wed 03-Dec-14 20:54:46

Thanks allchat and rufus - that's really interesting!

The main reason I went for the scan before starting TTC was that I've always kind of suspected I might have PCOS.

Whenever I'm not on the pill I get terrible hormonal acne.

I came away thinking oh great - at least I don't have PCOS. It sounds like having a scan to do a reproductive MOT is pretty useless when you're still on the pill!

Thanks for the info. Will be interested to see what happens now not on the pill!

Rufus200 Wed 03-Dec-14 21:01:16

My bloods at 2 cycles showed no abnormal levels, so was told I didn't have PCOS despite diagnosis at 15, but then scan showed really bad cysts. Apparently a few cycles later would have showed on my bloods.

PinkHydrangea Wed 03-Dec-14 21:56:25

Thanks Rufus - that's really interesting. I was actually surprised when she said no cysts.

Have you got any tips re diet etc for maybe fending symptoms off? Am terrified my acne is going to return with a vengeance now I'm off the pill!

Rufus200 Thu 04-Dec-14 21:44:54

I'm afraid to say I don't have any tips for acne as mine was terrible with only two cycles off the pill. I had grease running down my face and my hair was so bad I went from washing it every 3 days to every day! I thought oh well at least my skin wont be dry and need moisturising but no i still had dry patches and an oily T zone. Even back on the pill it never went back to normal. I think everyone's skin is different and you have to find what works for you. I can't use all the acne products as I get eczmea on my face which believe me looks far worse then spots!

I'm stopping next week and resigning myself to the fact that I'm going to have the face of 15 year old me again! If I'm really unlucky I will get acne all over my back and chest as well. DH isn't going to know what hit him! Going to feel really sexy prancing around in my underwear covered in spots! Just have to hope I get a BFP quickly.

Rufus200 Fri 05-Dec-14 21:23:07

One last thing I was told when I came off the pill to try and get preg immediately as the more cycles I had the worse my cysts and therefore PCOS would become!

PinkHydrangea Sat 06-Dec-14 08:36:54

Hi Rufus I'm so sorry I missed your last post.

I feel exactly the same! I even said to DH 'will you still love me when I'm covered in zits'?!

Am dreading it confused

Am considering quitting dairy etc to see if that might help.

That's interesting re TTC straight away while ovaries cyst-free!

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