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What Are My Ovaries Attached to Now?

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What Are My Ovaries Attached to Now?I kept both of my ovaries. What happens to them? Do they just float around inside? Do they attach to something?


The ovaries can float around a bit following a hysterectomy, but they still have a support system!

In the posterior wall of the body there is a mild depression called the ovarian fossa. The ovaries position themselves there with various membrane attachments. The largest of these attachments is the broad ligament.

At times, a doctor will tack the ovaries in place, but that is a more rare procedure.

Additionally, ovaries do have their own blood supply. Before a hysterectomy, the uterine artery is the larger portion of their blood supply. They lose that supply after a hysterectomy, but they still have the smaller ovarian artery.

The exact amount of blood supply that comes from the uterine artery versus the ovarian artery varies from woman to woman. This is why women react differently to the surgery. For some women, it can take time for the ovaries to re-establish a new, adequate blood supply that will allow them to start working properly again.


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.

07-27-2011 - 04:48 PM


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