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Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries? Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

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Unread 11-30-2007, 12:34 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

Hi. I'm new here, and have a question I haven't seen addressed yet. I'm 45 and am going to have a hyst for fibroids that are really uncomfortable. So far I have a choice whether to keep my ovaries or not. The Dr says why not take them out, so I don't have to worry about ovarian cancer in the future. I figured at first that I'd rather keep them since I don't want to have to take HRT's. But to complicate things, I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and am wondering if taking the ovaries out and taking HRT's will make my moods better, because maybe it's my hormones flucuating that causes my emotional problems.
Anyone experience this situation? Any help/advice would be very welcome!

Thanks,
S Angua
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Unread 11-30-2007, 01:50 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

S Angua-
I am 47 and kept my ovaries because my mood swings have been so bad, if menopause came on, too, it would probably mean disaster!
I felt this would give me a chance to see how much just living my life without all those horrible symptoms might improve my moods.
(I have been much better as far as my humor since the hyst.)
I figure I can always go back and get the ovaries later, anyway.

Also, I have no history of cancer in my family.

Hope this helps! Best wishes for making the right decision.

tw
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Unread 11-30-2007, 02:10 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

i think its always a good idea to leave anything thats healthy alone. if you have no family history of ovarian cancer, you might want to think about keeping them. your ovaries continue to provide you with hormones long after menopause.
do a lot of research on removing healthy ovaries and surgical menopause. i dont know what causes your moods, but you could possibly be worse off. hrt isnt always easy to get regulated. its really a gamble but you cant replace them once they are removed.
good luck with your decision.
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Unread 11-30-2007, 03:49 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

Thanks for the replies and comments! The Dr always makes it sound so simple, but he's not a woman. I guess I was hoping the HRT would be a miracle drug, but that's silly of me, I guess, because no drug ever is. If ovaries do things for me after menopause, I should probably keep them, and there's no family history of problems with them. I think I need to do more research, but this is the first step.
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Unread 11-30-2007, 05:23 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

S Angua-

I like the research idea. No ovaries can also mean a lifetime of dependency on hormone replacement drugs.
I'm sure there ARE things that they do for us that haven't even been discovered yet, too!

Happy researching. Keep us posted!

tw
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Unread 11-30-2007, 05:38 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

S Angua,
I, unlike the others, chose to have mine taken out. The main reason was the monthly mood swings, depression, headaches, just overall feeling yucky each month since I was 11. It has only been two months, but I feel better than ever (I'm 47). I have been, so far, on over the counter tri-estrogen and progesterone cream. My moods have been very stable, and my headaches have been few. I don't know if it'll last, but I feel like I really did the right thing. (Oh, the "drive" hasn't been bad, either)
I know it's a personal decision, but I felt pretty strongly about it and haven't regretted it.
All the best!
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Unread 12-01-2007, 04:15 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

You folks are great. I was really hoping for some real-life experience-sharing when I join HS. It's going to be very hard to make a decision, thanks for helping. I will be seeing the Dr within the next 2 weeks to see what he says about it, but I also want to get a 2nd opinion from a woman OB/Gyn. I have a feeling that my current fellow is an old-school type. Being in Vermont, there aren't as many choices of Dr's as there are some places. I'll let you know what's going on.

SAngua
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Unread 12-01-2007, 04:18 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

klgm- Sounds like you might have suffered from the same mood problems as me, but how do you know if it's your brain or your ovaries making you feel that way? (P.S. good to know the "drive" is there!)

Thanks!
SAngua
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Unread 12-01-2007, 04:32 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

In my case, I think it's a little of both. I'm still on Lexapro 20mg. Have been (on something) since I was 42, I think. But I always had the crying for a week before periods, so I KNOW part was hormonal. Anyway, I went a lot on instinct, to tell you the truth. There was just a voice that said, "get them out!" So, I did.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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Unread 12-01-2007, 05:49 PM
Decisions - ovaries or no ovaries?

I want all the hormones that the ovaries will release through the years, even after menopause. I plan to keep mine. I think that adjusting an HRT dosage and all the possible side effects of those medications are a bit intimidating for me. I have a heart arrythmia that is sensitive to hormones, too, and I don't want to stir that up.

My doctor seemed to want to take everything, too. I think it makes it all tidy for them. If there's no cancer in your family, and if you are still willing to go for internals every year, then I vote for you to keep them.
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