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Unread 12-10-2000, 06:01 AM
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Here I am schedule for a TAH BSO (not sure about abdominal due to hernia mesh) but I only have ONE diseased ovary. How about keeping one for the hormones??? My doctor in my little county is supposed to be the 'best' but he is known for his lousy bedside manner. To open this discussion with him...I don't know. I have endometrial thickening, but I personally believe that is normal for perimenopause. What do you think from all the angles you've seen on the Boards, etc??? They say leaving one ovary is to invite shutdown anyway so I just don't know.

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Unread 12-10-2000, 08:15 AM
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There is a lot to consider here. Yes, it is good to keep an ovary for hormones to work naturally, but true, there is a chance that it will shut down. There is a chance of shutdown even with both ovaries! You never mentioned how old you were either. Would you be going through menopause soon? It's a shame that your doctor lacks bed side manner, but it seems that a lot of the "good" doctors do! I guess you can't have everything.
I am sure that you will hear many things on what to do, but you need to remember one thing...this has to be your decision. You will have to live with this forever, so please don't jump to a decision without thinking things through. Best of luck!!
Unread 12-10-2000, 08:34 AM
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If it IS cancer then there can be a few loose cells left behind. If some cells get left behind the first tissue they'll head for is the other ovary. That's how they convinced me to have both out anyway. I had the same reaction, since I was going in with a similar pattern from the ultrasound and the CT scan. They did a CT scan because I was refusing surgery at that point.

So definitely ask for your doctor's opinion, but when they are afraid of ovarian cancer, they aren't going to want to take many chances. I had noninvasive cancer and I'm on HRT. I've easily found a decent balance. So ask him about that too. Whether you could have HRT.

And yes, when they interrupt blood flows to ovaries, there's always a risk of shutdown, and especially if you're already in perimenopause.

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