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Unread 02-17-2001, 07:11 PM
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THATS THE ??

I AM 45YRS HAVE VERY ENLARGED UTERUS FROM FIBROIDS.
dON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD KEEP OVARIES AT THIS AGE. DOC NO HELP
HTR USERS HOW DO YOU LIKE IT? WONDER IF OVARIAN CANCER RISK
OUTWEIGHS KEEPING OVARIES.

WEIGHTY MATTERS
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Unread 02-18-2001, 05:49 AM
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THATS THE ??

My doctor said the rule of thumb is if you're over 40, they usually want to take the ovaries. With menopause right around the corner, they figure we won't be using them much longer.

Good luck with your decision. Since I had cervical cancer, I really wasn't given the option. At least I don't have to worry about getting ovarian cancer. So far for me, HRT hasn't been a problem at all, except for remembering to take it every night
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Unread 02-19-2001, 05:36 AM
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THATS THE ??

Do you have any idea as to when you mom went through menopause? How about sisters? That may help you to decide. I had a hyst due to cervical cancer, and I left my ovaries up to the doc. When he was performing my surgery, he said that they looked fine, so he left them alone. Whatever you decide, remember that this is YOUR decision, and your body!! Best of luck to you!!
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Unread 02-19-2001, 11:41 AM
That's a tough one

I didn't go through menopause until I was 55 or so and was still getting enough help from my ovaries and uterus that after things settled out I wasn't even having any hot flushes anymore. UNTIL I had this hysterectomy, leaving nothing to help me out!!

I had difficulty with HRT when I tried it while I still had my uterus and ovaries and if given the choice would have kept my ovaries. But of course ovarian tumours were what took me to the operating table in the first place . . .

I don't know what I would do if I were in your situation, but I would seriously consider keeping my ovaries. I know the doctors want to take them out. But the same thing isn't right for everyone, it's a very personal choice. Inform yourself as much as possible so you can make the right choice for you.

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Unread 02-19-2001, 08:14 PM
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THATS THE ??

I h ad TAH at age 44, 1 year ago.I had large fibroids. My doctor encouraged me to keep my ovaries as they were healthy. No regrets here. THey are working fine and I feel great.- Melanie
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Unread 02-20-2001, 10:18 PM
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP THATS THE ??

Hi,

I guess given the choice I would also say weigh all the options, as the ladies have mentioned. In addition, I don't know what your family history may be but take that into consideration also. As Cyd mentioned they'll take a look at them and try to leave them if healthy.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.

Take care,
Vicki
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