Question: I have not had a period for 5 months after stopping the pill. Is this normal?
About 10% of women who use the contraceptive pill have a delay in the return of their periods after stopping it. It is nothing to be overly concerned about, and can occur just as easily after one month on the pill as after ten years on it. Unless you are very eager to fall pregnant, doctors will wait for about six months before prescribing hormone tablets to start your cycle again. The vast majority of women will restart their periods within six months.
Some women have a tendency to miss periods for emotional, hormonal and other reasons. These women are the ones most likely to develop this problem. The pill has no effect on the long-term fertility of a couple, but is often blamed for difficulty in falling pregnancy because 15% of all couples have a delay of over a year in conceiving.
Question: I have just had an appendix operation. The doctor examined my ovaries during the operation, and he says they are very small. Is this serious?
Some people have small noses, others big noses. Some people have small feet, others big feet. Some people have small ovaries, others big ovaries. The actual size of the ovary has no effect upon your fertility or femininity, unless their size is due to fibrosis or disease. If this was the case, the surgeon would probably have commented about it, and referred you to a gynecologist for a further opinion and treatment.
The ovaries are responsible for producing an egg every month that has the potential to be fertilized and implant in the womb in pregnancy. The ovaries also produce hormones that give you your appearance as a woman. The breasts, for example, develop in the first place and continue their firm shape because of the hormones produced in the ovary. If you are concerned, you should contact the surgeon again and ask him if the small size of your ovaries was due to disease.