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Unread 02-15-2010, 05:50 PM
now wondering 2 days before

surgery if I should have them take my ovaries? I have atypical hyperplasia and the Dr. is taking my uterus and cervix but talking with people they think I should also take my ovaries. I think my Dr. would rather also. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer too, so now I am wondering if I have pre-cancer will I get cancer later in my ovaries?

I am only 38 about to be 39 so going through menopause at this age really scares me but a possible cancer down the road scares me more.

I have vascular rosacea and I am so afraid that if I go through surgical menopause that this will really make my rosacea much worse. I know vain but is something I think about sense I will have hot flashes. My rosacea is a burning of skin (not a pleasant feeling) so with hot flashes...ugh..I know I shouldn't think of that but...

So would you guys remove your ovaries if you had family history of ovarian cancer along with my pre-cancer?

Thanks again..Jenn
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Unread 02-15-2010, 06:17 PM
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My diagnosis was the same as yours and my doctor said there was no choice in taking ovaries or not. Since cancer was a possibility, he said it all had to go.

I am 41 now (40 at time of surgery) and am managing menopause without HRT. There are days I think I want to bathe in a tub of hormones just to feel better but it passes and I get through. The hot flashes haven't been bad (seems I only have them in bed so maybe that's night-sweats, I don't know the difference.) The emotions are a bit difficult at times and find it takes all of my strength, that of God's and my poor husband's as well to get me through.

I encourage you to do more research on here as there are many articles, resources and posts about just what you are asking. But, as far as I'm concerned, I'm glad I just had it all taken out and now I don't have to worry about the atypical cells spreading. They are gone!!!

Best wishes to you and I hope you find peace about your decision, whatever it may be.
Unread 02-15-2010, 06:23 PM
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Honestly, yes I would have my ovaries removed if I had a family history of ovarian cancer, especially since it can get so advanced before it is diagnosed. I am 10 years older than you and chose to have my ovaries removed knowing it would put me in surgical menopause even though I have no family history of ovarian cancer. Having worked in gyn oncology, I wanted to eliminate the risk since I was having surgery any way. Will you be able to take any HRT's following surgery if you have your ovaries removed or are they contraindicated? If you can, they might help with your hot flashes. I've had them but they haven't been too bad and haven't lasted very long for which I'm grateful.
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Unread 02-15-2010, 07:03 PM
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Thanks ladies! Yes, I am leaning now towards having ovaries, everything removed.

I cannot take HRT as I am prone to blood clots so no hormones for me. I guess lots of

I cannot believe I am just now thinking of this two days prior to surgery, but I think if there is the slightest chance of me getting cancer then I should do it. Oh boy, now I am really again ladies!
Unread 02-15-2010, 07:27 PM
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I had a blood clot in my leg in 1993 and was told at that time that I would have problems ever taking HRT's when I hit menopause. On the day of my surgery, my doctor said she wasn't sure about taking out my ovaries because of the blood clot issue (she wasn't the doctor I was seeing when it was diagnosed and had forgotten until reading over my chart more closely before surgery). I told her I wanted them out no matter what even if i couldn't take HRT's. I was tired of the ovarian pain I was suffering through each month. The day after surgery she asked me if I had had any blood tests done for clotting factors (Factor 5 was one), and I told her not to my knowledge. She ordered a bunch of blood tests and they came back that I am not at risk for another clot. I was thankful that she thought to have these blood tests done after all the years I've worried about hitting menopause and not being able to take anything. However, if we do decide to put me on anything it will be at an extremely low dose just so it doesn't put me at risk of a blood clot. Right now I'm not interested. I have my post op appointment tomorrow so we'll see what she says.
Unread 02-15-2010, 07:41 PM
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Thanks so much for that info. I'm not to worried about the HRT. I know I can do a lot of things naturally and I think I will also hold off on HRT and if need try low doses like you also.

I have been skipping around this website and have made my decision to have them removed. I am now scared that maybe I have ovarian cancer already. I thought I would be too young but after seeing some ladies have it at age 37, 38..ohhh boy. I won't sleep tonight.

When I had my D&C and biopsy would they have seen my ovaries and seen cancer there? I think they only biopsied my uterus..I'm so confused. If there is such a thing as recarnation I really hope I come back a man..LOL.
Unread 02-15-2010, 10:50 PM
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To your question about the D&C and the biopsy finding cancer, it was explained to me that since they only biopsy a small area, there is no way to tell if there is cancer in another area.


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