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Ovary Transplants for Hysterectomy Patients

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ovary transplant for hysterectomy patientI will be having my ovaries removed at the time of my hysterectomy, and I am worried about menopause and hormone replacement. I have heard that there is a procedure where ovaries can be transplanted. Does this option allow me to avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

The thought of dealing with menopause symptoms and the various HRT options can be overwhelming as you face your hysterectomy. At this time, unfortunately, ovarian transplant for hormonal purposes is not available.

While there are some specialists who are doing ovary transplantations, thus far it has been related to fertility options. In some cases, the individuals were diagnosed with cancer at a young age and either had ovarian tissue or their entire ovary removed prior to their cancer treatment. After successful cancer treatment, the ovary or tissue was reimplanted. In other cases, the transplantation has involved identical twins.

There are many variables involved with ovary transplant surgeries from health issues to ethical concerns. Some cancers are carried though the blood;thus, preserving one’s ovary could also allow for the reintroduction of cancer with reimplantaion. Some gynecological conditions could preclude ovary transplantation to reintroduce estrogen. When considering a non-twin donor, additional ethical questions have to be considered as well as the pros and cons of necessary anti-rejection drugs for the remainder of the recipient’s life.

While ovarian transplants have opened the door to fertility for some women, using this procedure for hormonal purposes only is still under consideration. It may be an option in the future, but in the meantime, discuss any questions or concerns about the possibility with your doctor prior to surgery or cancer treatments to find out your options.

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.

12-17-2012 - 04:27 PM


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