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Should I Keep My Ovaries When I Have My Hysterectomy?

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Good reasons to keep ovaries during a hysterectomyWhy should I keep my ovaries if I am having a hysterectomy?

Although many women choose to have their ovaries removed at the time of their hysterectomy, keeping them may be the better decision. Research shows that there are many health risks when oophorectomy is done for benign reasons, especially for women who are many years away from menopause. There are many benefits for keeping your ovaries, especially if you are under the age of 65 and do not have a cancer concern.

If you are having a hysterectomy and considering an oophorectomy, consider the following reasons why you may want to keep your ovaries.

You’ll be healthier–from head-to-toe!

Having your ovaries will help you be healthier and happier. Your eyes, bones, skin, brain, and heart all need estrogen to be healthy. Conserving your ovaries also helps you have better moods, avoid anxiety and depression, and feel better about yourself. The hormones from your ovaries also let you have moisture, elasticity, and sensations that help you enjoy intimacy.

You’ll live longer!

Having your ovaries removed prior to menopause decreases your life expectancy. For one, your risk for coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in women, increases after the removal of the ovaries. Your risk of Parkinson’s disease, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer also increases. All of these conditions, as well as other hormone related health issues that can be triggered by an oophorectomy, can contribute to a shorter life expectancy.

Hot flashes are the pits!

Although hot flashes may not be life threatening, they can wreck havoc on your daily life and challenge your sanity! They can even disturb your sleep, leaving you weary and exhausted. They can occur from hormonal imbalance and low estrogen, so without your ovaries you can find yourself dealing with them multiple times a day.

Surgical menopause can be tougher than natural menopause.

Menopause happens to every woman, but surgical menopause can be more severe. Your hormone levels start changing over a number of years with natural menopause, letting your body adjust bit by bit over time. On the other hand, surgical menopause happens instantly, shocking your entire body.

Your ovaries can adjust to your hormone needs, HRT can’t.

You don’t need the exact same amount of estrogen every day, all day long. Your ovaries are able to work with the rest of your body to provide you with the varying levels you need. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can’t do that. It is given in a steady dose, so if your body uses more or less estrogen on any given day, your hormone levels will fluctuate because your HRT dose didn’t adjust. You can then find yourself dealing with hormone imbalance and menopause symptoms.

Your own hormones are free!

Hormones are important for overall health, and those provided by your ovaries are free. If you have your ovaries removed, you’ll either have to manage without hormones or use some HRT. Depending on which HRT you choose, it can be expensive. It also requires you to use it consistently and schedule (and pay for) regular doctor visits for prescriptions.

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.

12-29-2015 - 08:29 PM


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