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Keeping ovaries and menopause? Keeping ovaries and menopause?

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Unread 09-15-2011, 11:32 AM
Keeping ovaries and menopause?

I'm 41 years old. I've had a myomectomy 10 years ago for fibroids and more has come back. I've been thinking for a long time about what to do about and I think i've come to a decision to have a hysterectomy. It took me a long time to feel comfortable about having it. People kept suggesting it and it kind of make me upset. I went to a IR for consult on the UFE procedure, but something just doesn't feel right about it to me, even though she seemed really good. I think hysterectomy seems right to me. I'm going back to the gyno to talk to her again about it. She does the Da Vinci. I pretty sure she just takes out the uterus. I wonder, do you go to menopause right away if the ovaries are still there? My pms is bad enough. I'm also feeling more comfortable about a hysto since cancer runs high in my family. I just want to feel good again without feeling bloated and it would be nice to be able to do yoga again.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 01:17 PM
Re: 40 and Hysterectomy- The Best is Yet to Come!

Hi Susieq13, keeping your ovaries, is what prevents you from going into early menopause. Best wishes to u.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 07:23 PM
Re: Keeping ovaries and menopause?

Keeping your ovaries usually means that you won't go into instant menopause but you do need to be aware that there is a good chance that the blood supply to your ovaries will probably be disrupted and you may experience some menopausal symptoms. It sometimes takes a while for the blood supply to reestablish itself and for the ovaries to produce hormones as usual. Then again, in a minority of ladies, the blood supply is completely cut off and the ovaries do stop functioning on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, I am not sure that they surgeon can tell just by looking how the blood supply for your ovaries is set up. You can look at this diagram to help you visualize things.
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