a few prawns short of a galaxy (glitterberrys) wrote in vaginapagina,
a few prawns short of a galaxy

Ovarian epilogue, plus questions about laparoscopy

Hey folks -

I posted here a few weeks ago because I was concerned about possibly having ovarian cancer. I had my surgery on Monday, and those of you who suggested it was endometriosis were correct. I never thought that diagnosis would make me so happy :P So first of all, thanks everyone for the information and encouragement. Y'all played a big part in keeping me even somewhat sane over the past few weeks.

And because I'm me, I have a question. I've been having minor vaginal bleeding since the surgery, which the nurse told me was normal, but she couldn't tell me WHY. It wasn't from actually having the endometriosis scraped off that area - I believe I only had it chilling out on my ovaries and in my bladder (which really explains a lot about my various urinary issues), though I'm not 100% sure, since I was still pretty out of it when I talked to the surgeon. So...does anyone know why this is? Google is only telling me that yes, it's common, but I can't find a reason. Anyone know?

I was also interested in what my surgeon said about high CA 125 levels - specifically that it's actually not a hugely useful tool in diagnosing ovarian cancer, but that it's showing itself to be much more useful on detecting the presence of endometriosis.
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