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I am so glad you got it checked, and trust me they would know instantly if it was sinister or not when they were checking with Transvaginal ultrasound. One oncologist gyn dr told me once that Gyns are so experienced in detecting stuff, so no worries there. Biopsy is just to make sure everything is fine, not necessarily because they believe it's sinister.
I am 1000% sure that you will be alright <3
Thank you for your support!! Honestly I'm glad the Gyn is doing all she can to make sure I am alright. I am thankful I took the advice and went in instead of waiting. I have 4 daughters and regardless of my fears I need to be strong for them and proactive with my health!! As scary as this all is, it is necessary and having all of you to cheer me on is a wonderful bonus!!
 

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I am so glad you got it checked, and trust me they would know instantly if it was sinister or not when they were checking with Transvaginal ultrasound. One oncologist gyn dr told me once that Gyns are so experienced in detecting stuff, so no worries there. Biopsy is just to make sure everything is fine, not necessarily because they believe it's sinister.
I am 1000% sure that you will be alright <3
They also feel compelled to do this so that they don't get sued if they don't recommend it. It seems pretty clear from the gynos response to the ultrasound that this isn't cancer. Good to follow through to get that 100% instead of 99%.
 

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They also feel compelled to do this so that they don't get sued if they don't recommend it. It seems pretty clear from the gynos response to the ultrasound that this isn't cancer. Good to follow through to get that 100% instead of 99%.
Absolutely! Thank you for the support, Fraser. Always appreciated!
 

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So, after no spotting, woke up this morning and was spotting again.Am not due to have my period until the 19th. I about threw up I was so scared. Still feeling like I am going to throw up. I am so afraid!!
 

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So, after no spotting, woke up this morning and was spotting again.Am not due to have my period until the 19th. I about threw up I was so scared. Still feeling like I am going to throw up. I am so afraid!!
This isn't new information. Vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods can be caused by various problems. Most are benign and can be easily treated. You had an ultrasound and it looks like you have some cysts that could account for this issue. They look benign. The fact that the spotting has occurred again does not add any new information that would lend itself to a malignant diagnosis. What has happened is that it has triggered your anxiety and you are not thinking about the situation clearly.

Try this: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2225

Really, do it.

Then try the exercise I've attached. Again, actually print it out, sit down with a pen, and do it.
 

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This isn't new information. Vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods can be caused by various problems. Most are benign and can be easily treated. You had an ultrasound and it looks like you have some cysts that could account for this issue. They look benign. The fact that the spotting has occurred again does not add any new information that would lend itself to a malignant diagnosis. What has happened is that it has triggered your anxiety and you are not thinking about the situation clearly.

Try this: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2225

Really, do it.

Then try the exercise I've attached. Again, actually print it out, sit down with a pen, and do it.
Just downloaded and will print it. I know doctors have to be honest and straightforward. Just wish she would have been more gentle. Instead of saying, this and this are normal. However this is not normal and needs to be fully investigated. Wish it would have been more, I've seen this before. It is standard that we check it out just to make sure everything is good. I cannot control what people say and she was not unkind at all. But now I am not coping well. Will take the advice you have given me. It is going to be a long day.
 

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Just downloaded and will print it. I know doctors have to be honest and straightforward. Just wish she would have been more gentle. Instead of saying, this and this are normal. However this is not normal and needs to be fully investigated. Wish it would have been more, I've seen this before. It is standard that we check it out just to make sure everything is good. I cannot control what people say and she was not unkind at all. But now I am not coping well. Will take the advice you have given me. It is going to be a long day.
There are two exercises, one in the link and one in the file attachment. I'd suggest both. I'm having difficulty understanding what the doctor said versus what you wish she said in that post. What did the doctor actually say?
 

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There are two exercises, one in the link and one in the file attachment. I'd suggest both. I'm having difficulty understanding what the doctor said versus what you wish she said in that post. What did the doctor actually say?
She said that periods becoming irregular at my age can definitely be due to perimenopause but spotting is not normal and must be investigated. I guess I just wish it would have been worded differently? I don't know.
 

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She said that periods becoming irregular at my age can definitely be due to perimenopause but spotting is not normal and must be investigated. I guess I just wish it would have been worded differently? I don't know.
Right, but then it was investigated via ultrasound and a couple of cysts that appear benign were found, correct?
 

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Right, but then it was investigated via ultrasound and a couple of cysts that appear benign were found, correct?
Yes, she said everything looked good and the cysts were normal. But then I keep reading about women who had the same type of ultrasound as me and the cancer was missed. And I have yet to get the biopsy. GYN wanted me to apply for help since I was paying out of pocket so waiting on the app to go through. And everything I read says spotting is abnormal.
 

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But then I keep reading about women who had the same type of ultrasound as me and the cancer was missed
That's the real problem here. It's not so much an issue of what the doctor said, it's the fact that you read horror stories and they make you question your doctor.
 

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That's the real problem here. It's not so much an issue of what the doctor said, it's the fact that you read horror stories and they make you question your doctor.
You are correct on that. It's the not knowing as well. The thing I'm most afraid of could be happening to me right now.
 

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You are correct on that. It's the not knowing as well. The thing I'm most afraid of could be happening to me right now.
Catastrophic thinking and fear of "uncertainty" are hallmark symptoms of anxiety. I know that doesn't make you stop thinking that way, but it's true. Your thought process is not "abnormal" at all for someone with anxiety. We've all been there. The "what ifs" are the primary reason we suggest learning and practicing acceptance. We live every day accepting many risks, such as getting into a car, bus, train, plane, etc - those are risks we're willing to take. Why? Because we *accept* those risks.
 

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Yes, she said everything looked good and the cysts were normal. But then I keep reading about women who had the same type of ultrasound as me and the cancer was missed. And I have yet to get the biopsy. GYN wanted me to apply for help since I was paying out of pocket so waiting on the app to go through. And everything I read says spotting is abnormal.
Right, but again, there is no new information here. You had spotting before, went to the doctor, got an ultrasound, and were comforted. The fact that the spotting has continued isn't new information, it's what we already knew was happening and the cysts are the likely culprits. The cysts aren't "normal" they are benign. Normally, people don't have cysts in their vagina, right? So yes, spotting is "abnormal" but it is usually caused by benign abnormalities. That's a fact.

Here's what has happened.

1. You had spotting. Vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods can be caused by various problems. Most are benign and can be easily treated.

2. You were to the doctor who ran an ultrasound. Sure enough, you've got some cysts. They look benign.

3. You had spotting again.

Guess what? The ultrasound did not make those cysts disappear. The same benign abnormality that likely caused your bleeding is still there doing exactly that. What has changed is that you've moved from the "comforted stage" to the" fearful uncertainty" stage after your initial diagnosis and are now panicking about fringe occurrences regarding ultrasound disasters.

Take a breath. Nothing has turned for the worse. And, in addition to the exercises I post above STOP GOOGLING. This is the most important thing. "I read this, I read that." STOP. Do not google your symptoms, at all, for any reason. You have spoken to a healthcare professional, you have done the tests, you have been diligent about your health and you have a likely cause for your symptoms. Stop tricking yourself into panicking.

Maybe you will have more spotting. Maybe you won't. But if you do, it is not a cause for alarm or for throwing up from anxiety.
 
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She just never brought up the cyst as a cause for the spotting. She just said it was normal to have cysts on the ovaries.
 

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She just never brought up the cyst as a cause for the spotting. She just said it was normal to have cysts on the ovaries.
Don't take this as permission to Google (seriously, do not Google right now; it's the most important thing to get your head right), but this:
Ovarian cysts can also lead to problems with the menstrual cycle, such as heavy or irregular periods, or spotting (abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods). seems pretty clear to me.
 

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Thank you, Fraser. I appreciate all your advice and I do find comfort in your words. Never been in a more lonely place than I am right now.
 

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I have 2 cysts on my ovaries, they're labeled as normal as they don't cause me any pain, but I have really irregual periods, I either bleed a few times a month, or once every 3 months the flow completely differs too. Been that way since forever, actually had a check up last year and they told me they were the same size they've been since they were first found when I was 16, so a decade later and no change, they're super common! Try not to panic about it ❤ have you started any new meds recently? Or contraception? Even just stress can mess up your cycle too! You'll be a-okay, keep your mind busy and trust your dr x
 

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I have 2 cysts on my ovaries, they're labeled as normal as they don't cause me any pain, but I have really irregual periods, I either bleed a few times a month, or once every 3 months the flow completely differs too. Been that way since forever, actually had a check up last year and they told me they were the same size they've been since they were first found when I was 16, so a decade later and no change, they're super common! Try not to panic about it ❤ have you started any new meds recently? Or contraception? Even just stress can mess up your cycle too! You'll be a-okay, keep your mind busy and trust your dr x
Thank you!! I appreciate your kindness and reaching out. Determined to have a better day today!
 

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She said that periods becoming irregular at my age can definitely be due to perimenopause but spotting is not normal and must be investigated. I guess I just wish it would have been worded differently? I don't know.
Spotting counts as an irregularity and is one of the many symptoms of perimenopause as far as I know. And yes most common and main reason of mid cycle spotting is hormonal imbalance.
Transvaginal ultrasound super rarely misses things, especially at a stage where they already cause bleeding symptoms.
Don't even think of uterine cancer because thickening of the uterus' inner walls would be visible to your gyn at first, even in pre-cancerous early stages of the wall changes it's something so hard to miss during the ultrasound.
I don't know if you have PAP smear test (every 3 years is the regular here in Sweden for our age group) and if you get negative results all the time, then the spotting is absolutely because of hormonal imbalance.
You did your best to have it checked, and dr didn't see anything sinister.
 
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