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One Ovary - early menopause?? One Ovary - early menopause??

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Unread 01-28-2011, 06:53 PM
One Ovary - early menopause??

Surgery was Jan 25th, LAVH. Dr had to take one ovary because of cysts, other was fine. Question I have is whether it is true that I will not have to take any estrogen supplements because I kept one ovary. I have not had the opportunity to speak with Dr at length yet, but I've been told that as long as I have one ovary I will not have early menopause. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
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Unread 01-28-2011, 07:07 PM
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I also have one ovary now and am wondering if I will need HRT. So far I have had some mood swings and hot flashes but not too bad. I am going to let my body adjust for a month or so and then see my naturopath to get my hormones tested and see where I am at. Look into Bioidentical hormone therapy and remember that our bodies need a balance of all the hormones not just estrogen to be healthy. Talk with your Dr. about it and ask it they will test your levels. From what I understand the synthetic hormones are really bad for us so be sure to look into bioidentical I know there is a lot of info in the Hormones/menopause forum and I plan to read up on there. Hope to see you over there.

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Unread 01-28-2011, 07:12 PM
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Hello. My op TAH was just over 3 weeks ago I have both ovaries left. The reason they leave them is to help you have a more natural menopause.. However my surgeon said to me on average people who have ovaries left in often go through menopause 3 years earlier than they naturally wood had they not had surgery.. For example. The female members on my mums side of family went through natural menopause at 45 years well that was her 2 cousins and a neice. But her mum my nan was 40. Yeah naturally early also. My mum had a full hysto at 40 some 25 years ago. So as I am 40 now I may only have till 42 years. Not sure if things are different with 1 ovary or not though
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Unread 01-29-2011, 06:06 AM
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My mother, before her hyst last year for endo cancer, had one ovary removed (because of a huge cyst) when she had her gall bladder removed several years ago. It put her right into menopause because, apparently, her remaning ovary had already stopped functioning. She and her doctor had no idea that only one ovary had been working.
Unread 01-29-2011, 07:33 AM
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I was told by my dr if u have both ovaries or at least one you shouldn't go into menopause right away they could only leave 1 of mine due to hemoraging they wanted to leave mine in because I am only 27 and obviously not close to menopause and they didn't want to throw me into a surgically induced one but I have heard from some ppl that sometimes one or both ovaries can fail earlier then normal some ppl were young like me and some ppl were closer to menopause I think it just depends on the person I've also heard that your ovaries can be a little out of wack for up to a month or so. So if after a month if your still having symptoms def get your hormone levels checked out I had my surgery mon and had 1 hot flash that night and very emotional for the first few days but feeling a lot better now on that aspect now soreness and pain that's a diff story. Lol good luck to every one!
Unread 01-29-2011, 08:28 AM
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It all depends on the individual. I kept both ovaries but I am still suffering with night sweats. Sometimes the ovaries just aren't able to keep up the work on their own, whether you kept one to two. It can take awhile to go into menopause or it can cycle up and down for months. Unfortunately there is no guarantee, so it will depend on your body. Now it can also take several months after your procedure for your ovaries to be able to work on their own, so give it some time. My dr said if I continue with the night sweats after say 3 or 4 months to come back in and we will discuss what type of HRT to place me on. So far it appears that my ovaries aren't waking up from surgery and not able to sustain on their own.
Unread 01-29-2011, 10:18 AM
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My left ovary was removed on 1/26. My doctor said most women have no problems functioning with one ovary and that you only need 1/6 of one ovary for hormonal function. Still, I've read about ovaries not waking up, early menopause, etc so I'm staying open to what the moment presents for me!
Unread 01-29-2011, 02:22 PM
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I lost one ovary in 1992 due to a very large dermoid tumor that caused major damage. I have never had to take hormones. My remaining ovary (I actually call it an undary, since they had to remove part of it as well at the time) has been very tough. I'm hopeful it will continue to be as tough now!

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