Atrophy of the ovary

by Emily Goebel, MD FRCPC
March 6, 2023


What is atrophy of the ovary?

Atrophy of the ovary is a normal part of the aging process and a non-cancerous change. Atrophy can be seen around the time or after a woman has reached menopause.

What does atrophy of the ovary look like under the microscope?

When examined under the microscope, no developing ova (eggs) are seen and there is less stroma compared to the ovary of a reproductive-age woman. As a result, the ovary is smaller and ovulation stops.              

Normal ovary

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