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Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!! Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

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Unread 03-07-2008, 10:01 PM
To keep or not to keep!!!!!

My surgery is Monday morning and I am still indecisive of whether to keep my ovaries or not.. My main concern is cancer. I just dont know what to do!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 08:41 AM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

Is there a history of ovarian cancer in your family ? Did your doctor make any recommendation to you based upon your symptoms and family history ? S/he would probably be the best one to discuss this with.

I decided to keep my ovaries, and I can share what this was based upon. There is no ovarian or breast cancer in my family but there is a strong history of stroke and heart attack. Since HRTs may be associated with increased risks of stroke and heart disease I probably would have not opted for HRT, which would have sent me into immediate surgical menopause - which carries its own issues / risks. For me the decision felt almost like a no brainer but my doctor had instructions to feel free to take them if they didn't look completely healthy. As it turned out my right ovary had to be removed because it was completely and irrecovably adhered to my uterus from endo. I still have my left ovary and I'm glad for that.

All the best with your surgery. You might want to call your doc to discuss this in more detail before your surgery.
Unread 03-08-2008, 09:22 AM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

I am 42, almost 43 and had the option of leaving or removing the ovaries too. Having cervical cancer, the word "cancer" became too real to me. I opted to have them removed because the idea of ovarian cancer scared me a lot, especially because of the no signs and symptoms. I have also heard that they can stop functioning within 3 years of surgery. I have no family history of breast cancer/stroke/heart disease, so I chose to go the HRT route, which we are still trying to adjust. Still getting the headaches and the mood swings, but then again, I got those when I had my ovaries too. I'm glad I had them removed as I do not want them to have to go back in again! One surgery was enough and I'm so glad I am now 6 weeks out. The first 4 days were a bear, but after that it just gets better (good days and bad, but ultimately better).
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Unread 03-08-2008, 10:54 AM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

I am keeping mine but we don't have any cancer in our family. best of luck to you with your decision hon
Unread 03-08-2008, 04:56 PM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

Hi Foxbrood,

I decided to keep my ovaries since they were healthy and ovarian cancer does not run in my family. Also, my Dr. told me that ovarian cancer occurs in approx. 5% or less of women..so I thought that was good odds for me. I felt I was not prepared to remove my healthy ovaries to prevent something that might never happen...when I was a good candidate to keep them.

The ovaries secrete important hormones that help with the bones, skin and hair...to name a few. And newer studies are showing that the ovaries secrete their hormones well into menopause..and the hormones are free.

All that being said...just do what is *right* for you. That is what is most important thing.

Sending best wishes~

Unread 03-08-2008, 06:09 PM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

I opted to have both ovaries removed to avoid having to go back and do it later. On HRT and so far so good. It is one of the most concerning things to me pre-op but was pretty confident with my decision after discussing it with my doc. In the end I think you should talk it over with your doctor and loved ones and make a decision that is best for you!
Unread 03-08-2008, 06:57 PM
Ovaries ~ to keep or not to keep!!!!!!

i chose to keep my healthy ovaries..i did not want to go into surgical menopause and start hrt at 44. so far they are still working perfectly and i have no regrets. its a very personal decision and you have to do what you think is right for you. my thought was if they are healthy and still work, why remove them?

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