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Should I Keep My Ovaries if I Am Near Menopause?

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Woman wondering about keeping her ovariesI'm scheduled for my hysterectomy but still don't know if I should have my ovaries removed. I'm 45 years old. Soon I'll go through menopause. Why keep the ovaries?

The decision to keep your ovaries may hinges on the health of your ovaries. If your ovaries are diseased, you will probably need to have them removed. If your family history includes ovarian cancer or you have been battling endometriosis or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), the decision is hardest to make.

It seems it wasn't too long ago that when a doctor recommended a hysterectomy, the removal of cervix and ovaries were assumed to be part of the surgery. Today you may have options and decisions to make about keeping your ovaries and cervix.

Your age might be a factor, but while menopause might be coming soon, your ovaries are still set to do a better job of providing health to you for years to come.

If your ovaries are healthy, you may be in better shape, now and 20 years from now, by keeping them. It isn't always easy for HRT to duplicate the hormones produced by the ovaries. This is not a decision to be taken lightly or for the convenience of avoiding future surgery. If you need your ovaries removed later, it's a much less serious procedure, and you will have had that extra amount of time with your original equipment.

Even after menopause sets in, the ovaries will continue to produce small amounts of hormones and help the body's systems.

There are also some serious health risks that go along with having the ovaries removed.

Talk frankly with your surgeon and discuss your concerns. HysterSisters suggests keeping healthy organs if possible! Take your time and explore all your options. Be informed and make your decision based on what is right for you with the help of your surgeon.

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.

04-10-2003 - 04:32 PM


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