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Unread 04-10-2011, 10:12 PM
Unhappy - No Ovaries - Scared No Ovaries - Scared

I was to have my right ovary removed last Wednesday due to a septated complex cyst. However, when they went in, the left ovary looked "abnormal" so they removed it also. I am devastated by this as I wanted to keep one for the benefits of bones, heart, sex related issues etc. I need help trying to figure out what to do now that I have no ovaries left... I feel like the quality of life I had before is gone...
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Unread 04-12-2011, 08:40 AM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

I took estrogen for several years for my hot flashes and sweats, so that was so helpful for sleeping. I take vitamin B complex, Calcium, vitamin D, and fish oil capsules daily. I do cardio exercise 4 times a week and some hand weights every other day.
Healthy eating, no processed or junk food makes me feel better. I drink no soda, just water mostly. and eat a lot of fruit now instead of any kind of baked goods. Diet and exercise will help bones and heart.

The doctor does a bone density test every 2 years on me. I do have bone loss, but not osteoporosis. The estrogen did not stop the loss, but maybe it helped some. I get my cholesterol checked at least once a year and I take blood pressure medication because it has been creeping up and she does not want me to have a stroke.

I think with healthy lifestyle and regular check ups we can stay healthy even though our ovaries are removed or don't work as well as they did .

Unread 04-12-2011, 04:19 PM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

Your quality of life does not have to be gone. There are ways of dealing with the symptoms. Are you planning on using hormone replacement?

You can read more about hormones and the symptoms of menopause in the articles at

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Unread 04-13-2011, 07:09 AM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

The doctor put me on Estrogel, but I think I might be more interested in the bio-identicals. Anway, the Estrogel hasn't started to kick in yet because I am still soaked with swet all night long, hot flashes, extreme fatigue etc. And sex, well, the way I feel now - that would be a thing of the past...
Unread 04-13-2011, 09:24 AM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

Do not be scared! This is the beginning of a new life for you! Life can be better than before. 4 years ago I was told I had cervical cancer stage 1b, 3 months later I had a radical hysterectomy, I was devastated and terrified! I was 42 a mother of a 21 year old and wife, in the best physical shape I had ever been in my life. After the surgery I allowed my body to heal..I took all the time I needed. I spent most of my time reading as much as I could about bone health, heart health and all the risk that you face once you have had a hysterectomy. I am not trying to sell anything here however, I purchased the book from this site Suzanne Somers and I started to look into bioidenticals. That was just the beginning. What an education I have now! I tried all the natural ways of replacing my hormones only it was not enough and slowly i felt like I was slipping away. I started to become sad and heating up all the time, I couldn't sleep and I had no energy whatsoever. I was prescribe permarin (the hormone made from horses urine) but I never took it. I filled the prescription and there were times I said to my husband I feel awful should i take one or a few? I felt so desperate. After much research I decided to go with HRT (bio-identicals) at a very low dose. I went through a few doctors but finally found my current doctor. She is trying so hard to bring awareness to physicians and to help woman with making better decisions and educating on quality health.

Here is what she did for me:
very low dose of (Cream) Estridiol 2.4 mg. two pumps per day, progesterone 200mg one pump in the evening every 1-10 beginning the first of every month and testosterone 2.0 mg three times a week. I started feeling better immediately!

I sleep, I have energy, no more hot flashes, I don’t have brain fog and my mood is back, loss of libido is NO more actually it’s much better and stronger than before..hard to believe but very true! Amazing actually. This is not all there is to the new you. You must exercise and eat well. I work out 6 days per week nothing too crazy I take spin class every day and in the evening I take strength class with weights. ( whatever works for you) if I can’t make it to the gym- I turn on cable to the exercise channel and i do a workout sometimes two! Vitamins a must! Vitamin D is huge for mood and energy, B complex, 1mg melatonin half hour before I go to bed, a really good multivitamin, B12, fish oil, vitamin E. Very important to eat well -protein and good carbs. I have had to cut back on coffee but two cups a day is okay for me, lots of water very important to keep well hydrated. Ladies flaxseeds (fresh whole flaxseeds) grind them up in a small coffee been grinder and add two teaspoons to your yogurt or cereal everyday and this cuts hotflashs almost half! Very healthy for you!

On another note during my time of research for myself I discovered why my daughter skipped periods throughout growing up. PCOS grossly not diagnose! ..seems most doctors I went to wanted to treat with birth control (those unhealthy sythetic hormones, again) this new doctor treats her with natural progesterone and she has lost weight and has regular periods. She too has to stay on top of her health with exercize and a balance healthy diet. it not normal to skip periods, as some doctors may tell you, do except everything they tell you get up and walk out and find someone that wants to truly help you and is willing to look into it further before prescribing something.

It’s so important to take good care of yourself and to talk to doctors, read, and do plenty of research before taking something. I love the new me and so does my family we are living well. (in the sense of health)

A note on Estogel: The first doctor I went to gave me divigel and instructed me to switch from one thigh to the other. I started to get celulite on my thighs which I had never had in my life! I did not understand what was happing until I went to the new doctor whichsaid absolutley do not put it on your legs causes cellulite! do to the fat cells we have in our thighs. Wrist or forearm is best. It took me about 8 months to get rid of it and now my thighs look like they use too. And you need progesterone with it! Remember you lost more then just estrogen which is made up of three (estrone estradiol, estriol). Progesterone is very protective to you as well. stay on top of research and information on this, because since my surgery there is so much more information and awareness. Oprah did a wonderful show on it as well.

God bless!

In good health!
Unread 04-13-2011, 09:38 AM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

Hi Janabelleca - I'm sorry you lost both ovaries. I'm sure it was a shock especially when you thought you were keeping one. I just wanted to chime in and say that the Estrogel is a bio-identical estrogen. Early post op is a time of rapid change so hopefully things will settle down soon. They say to start low and go slow but if you stay miserable talk with your doctor perhaps the Estrogel isn't enough and you need an increase in dose.

Unread 04-13-2011, 10:19 AM
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True that is a bioidentical however, progesterone is definitely needed along with it. Unfortunately, the doctor I had at that time did not think so my body started to change, issues I never had. I went form a size 4 to a 10 I am now back to a size 4. I was retaining much water due to lack of progesterone. I'm sharing my story because I know how scary it is and I knew nothing about hormones only that I did not want to take anything that could cause me harm. There are many people that want to give their advice some good some not so good. We have to do what is best for us individually as we all have very different lives. Remember there is no one size fits all when it comes to bioidenticals they are compunded to fit you the individual. let your doctor do blood work to see where you hormones levels are before addin more of anything.

Janabelleca, I am sorry for your loss and I know how you feel. Know that it will get better with the help of some type of HRT, along with dietary and physical activity.. Please look for a good Physicians to work with. I can only share what I went through I worried so much about my bones, heart, stroke that is related to woman post menopause and so many other risk that we face after the loss of our ovaries. Keeping our bodies as strong and protected as long as possible is most effective treatment. You will be better!

unfortunately I am unable to post links for you I need to post 25 times before I am allowed. Please do some googeling as well as check out bodylogicmd as well as dr. erika schwartz has some wonderful books very informative.

In good health!
Unread 04-13-2011, 11:40 AM
Re: No Ovaries - Scared

Thank you all so much for your replies to me... it helps to know others have been where I am. I live in Saskatchewan Canada - bioidenticals are thought of as unprooven, unsafe. I have contacted a place in Edmonton, Alberta (about 12 hours from me) and I am going to see if my doctor here will order the bloodwork necessary for me to proceed. I will need to make a trip to Edmonton - but I think it will be worth it. At this moment, I feel so empty - I went into the bank yesterday, and one of the tellers asked me if I was o.k. I looked so sad... definately not me - I am a person quick to laugh, loves life and everyone in to have someone I see from time to time comment on me it must be more than noticeable. I appreciate your thoughts and advice very much - thank you all, your support is truely appreciated.:hug
Unread 04-13-2011, 02:29 PM
No Ovaries - Scared

I received this from my doctor to foward to recommend my physician. OBGYN and enternal md. Maybe this will help!

On May 7th, 2011 I will be conducting a one-day symposium on Bio-Identical hormones in Toronto, Canada under sponsored by TruBalance. The symposium consists of 5 units and spans 12 hours of conventional scientific and clinical training for physicians desirous to learn how to use bioidentical hormones in their practices and treat men and women with hormones to protect and prevent aging and disease. Please share the information with your physicians who may be interested and participate now or in future events.

You may also recommend your physicians contact us at wwwageMDorg or take the online CME course at wwwbioidenticalhormoneinitiativeorg, the not for profit physician education platform available online.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the timely information with your physicians!

TO REGISTER CONTACT: 647.884.0663 [email protected]


EDUCATOR/ PRESENTER: Erika T. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Erika Schwartz is a Patients' Health Advocate & Leading Expert on Bio-Identical Hormones. Founder & Chairperson of the Age Management Institute, Manhattan, NYC. Erika T. Schwartz, M.D. is the leading national expert in the field of bio - identical hormone therapies, wellness and true disease prevention. She has authored four best-selling books - including "The Hormone Solution", and is an Extra Lifechanger, bylined in the Wall Street Journal, international speaker and TV personality. Featured on many well know TV shows and radio shows- Dr. Oz, O magazine, New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Larry King, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, The View and many more.

A *** laude graduate, AOA honor society member, from SUNY- Downstate College of Medicine, Dr. Schwartz trained at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Upon completion of her postgraduate training, at the age of 28, she became the first woman and youngest doctor to be named Director of Emergency Medicine at Westchester County Medical Center- New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

Since the start of her distinguished career, Dr. Schwartz has committed to empowering patients and teaching physician�s compassion alongside with scientific and clinical information. She has lectured at Harvard, authored seminal articles on the use of hormones in wellness and disease prevention in the prestigious peer reviewed publication Medical Clinics.

She is a founding director of the not for profit Bioidentical Hormone Initiative and a senior faculty member of the Bioidentical Hormone Institute and Chairperson of Age Management Institute. Dr. Schwartz is also a member of NAMS, MSSNY, AACOG, AFTRA/SAG, NYSSIM as well as board of managers and trustees of SUNY-Downstate.

Symposium will run 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. - Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Method of physician participation in the learning process: This course is comprised of 5 (five) units and includes text, graphics, case studies, multimedia features, PowerPoint slides, audio/transcript.
This course focuses on how to approach the use of bio-identical hormones in your practice, in relation to aging, prevention, and overall health and wellness for men and women.

1. History of hormones.
2. Scientific data on hormones, bioidentical versus synthetics; Transdermal versus oral
studies: Women's Health Initiative Study and the "one million women study" explained.
3. Male hormone deficiency research data, protocols for replacement and support for your practice
4. Thyroid deficiency scientific research, treatment protocols for your practice
5. Clinical studies reviewed and analyzed, protocols on hormone therapies and support for your practice

TruBalance is a unique business model in Canada. It supports the physician once he/she has completed BHRT education to help integrate it into his/her practice. Complete support from TruBalance Healthcare includes: lab for hormone testing & a state of the art compounding pharmacy in Ontario. The compounding pharmacy ships across Canada direct to the patient or the physician.

Register a staff member for only $750
Group discount rates available - Book 4 or more people
Pay at the door fee, paid day of event - $999 + taxes Refresher Retake Course Fee: $350 (for past attendee's only, $450 after March 31st.)
CME Credits are available through Bio-Identical Hormone Initiative, NYC


This advance workshop with a basic introduction (easy to understand format) for medical professionals and healthcare providers it is also open to anti-aging specialists, dermatologists, doctors of osteopathic, RNs, nurse practitioners, naturopathic doctors, general practitioners, OB/GYNs, breast health practioners, endocrinologists, plastic surgeons, internists, geriatricians, psychiatrists, sports medicine doctors, chiropractors, and cardiologists. We also encourage other healthcare professionals including physician assistants, and others in this field to attend this highly informative educational symposium.


Donna A.G. Kingman - Director of Business Development & Communications Direct: 647.884.0663 (Toronto)
Email: [email protected]


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