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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disorder (PCOS)

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Woman wondering if a hysterectomy or oophorectomy cure my PCOS/PCOD?Will a hysterectomy or oophorectomy cure my PCOS/PCOD?


Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time for PCOS.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disorder is a disorder of the endocrine system. While one of the symptoms can be polycystic ovaries, it is only one of many symptoms. Some women have polycystic ovaries, but do not have PCOS, while other women have PCOS and do not have polycystic ovaries.

An oophorectomy will obviously put an end to polycystic ovaries by removing them, but it will not alter the other symptoms, which can include insulin resistance. If you were suffering from other symptoms before your surgery, they will remain after your surgery. One possible exception is that since the ovaries produce up to 60% of your body’s testosterone, removing them may cause enough of a decrease in androgens to no longer cause unpleasant side affects.


Are there any special HRT requirements after an oopherectomy?

There has been very little, if any, research concerning PCOS and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) therapy after an oophorectomy. From experience, we see that it can take longer for the woman with PCOS to attain a balance of their hormones. This is because of other issues with additional hormones which may also need to be addressed. One thing that seems to be agreed upon by all is that the woman with PCOS should rarely be given testosterone or DHEA supplements.

It is very important that the woman who has PCOS find a doctor who understands PCOS and surgical menopause. Not everyone in the medical community is up-to-date with the latest research and treatment options. It is important to get treatment for insulin resistance.

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This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. .

05-05-2006 - 12:51 PM


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