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Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh? Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

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Unread 07-15-2008, 05:59 AM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

In all the wonderful replies to my earlier post about sweating just after surgery and not sleeping, several gals mentioned about "ovaries falling asleep" for a while, or hoping their ovaries would "wake up". I have not heard of this. Does it really happen after surgery when you got to keep them that they go into a dormant stage for a while and then start up again? How long a range of time does that seem to take? My doc or nurses didn't mention it and I have not read anything about it until this site. Any input would be helpful. Thanks!
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Unread 07-15-2008, 06:04 AM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

I luckily haven't had this problem, but my DR warned me that if it did happen (I had a TAH and kept both ovaries) I would take a couple of weeks to straighten out.
Unread 07-15-2008, 08:59 AM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

I have not had this happen also. But I have heard it is because they go into some sort of shock. Like the rest of your body sometimes it takes time for them to adjust to being disturbed. My Dr. also didn't explain this to be a possibility and only heard of it by the posts on this site. You should call your Dr. and tell them what you are feeling and maybe they can help you out with this. I don't know if they can give you something to ease up your symptoms or not ,but it is worth the shot if it is bugging you. Hopefully your symptoms will reside and you are feeling better soon.
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Unread 07-15-2008, 11:18 AM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

I have had a few hot flashes myself...and did not like it!! I asked my doctor about my ovaries "sleeping" and she said that the main blood supply to the ovaries was my uterus. They still have a blood supply just not as much after my LSH, so my ovaries need time to adjust. So I guess it is just our bodies way to reacting to the big change that went on through our surgeries. I have not had a hot flash in a few days now...so I guess they are getting fewer and further apart I think I traded them in for a new symptom of being tired. I sleep so well at night, I fall asleep by 9 and it still does not seemt to be enough!!
Unread 07-15-2008, 11:36 AM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

This happened to me. My ovaries seemed to "go to sleep" for about 2 weeks. I used natural progesterone cream twice a day to help with the hot flashes and night sweats. After 2 weeks, I didn't need to use it any more.

Like Jody32, I am REALLY tired now! Sometimes I have insomnia, and other times I fall asleep super early and still need to nap during the day.
Unread 07-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

Thanks so much for the info Juniper99,las, aware and jody32. I think that may be what has been happening to me.

I went back on to Prometrium (progestrone) that I had been taking before surgery to help regulate the sweats and sleeping. Helped the sweaty issue, not so much the sleeping. I am so foggy headed these days. Could be horomonal or lack of good rest. Or both. Will be glad when the ovaries decide to be as awake as I have been!
Unread 07-15-2008, 02:35 PM
Ovaries "falling asleep" or "waking up"- huh?

I too am having the hot flashes as well as headaches and insomnia. My new doctor said it could be the ovaries are asleep, and if it continued to let him know and he would see what he could do. I see him next monday so if it isn't any better I will let him know. I finally last night took an ambien and slept about 6 hours. Have a good day.

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