After my tubal litigation, the doctor told me he could only find one ovary. After 4 children, wouldn't that have already been discovered?

I am not using any protection right now, and would like to know if it is common that a woman is born with only one ovary. Also, is it common that this wouldn't have been discovered much earlier in my life? It seems odd after having four successful pregnancies and births.

Answers from doctors (2)


South Florida Institute For Reproductive Medicine - Pembroke Pines

Published on Apr 02, 2015

Being born with one ovary is indeed rare, but does occur in estimates of 1 in 10,000 births. No, you would not know about it since one ovary will completely take over the job of 2. Therefore, conceiving 4 times would not be unusual in someone with one ovary.

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Answered by South Florida Institute For Reproductive Medicine - Pembroke Pines

Being born with one ovary is indeed rare, but does occur in estimates of 1 in 10,000 births. No, you would not know about it since one ovary will completely take over the job of 2. Therefore, conceiving 4 times would not be unusual in someone with one ovary.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

Published on Apr 02, 2015

I would refer you back to your provider to discuss your medical history. Without having any medical records to review it is very hard to discuss.

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Answered by Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

I would refer you back to your provider to discuss your medical history. Without having any medical records to review it is very hard to discuss.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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