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Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one? Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

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Unread 09-24-2011, 12:08 PM
Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

Hello all. I'm loving all the information here. I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy in a couple of weeks. I meet with my Dr. on Tuesday regarding my pre-op. I was told they were going to try and save one of my ovaries. My family has a history of cancer so I'm thinking of asking them to go ahead and remove both. With the problems I've had I'm afraid of getting ovarian cancer. Should I saved one if possible or is it a good idea to let them go ahead and remove both?
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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:32 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

I don't think anyone can answer this for you. It's definitely a decision that you and your surgeon need to make. Personally, I have chosen to keep one of my ovaries because I don't want to be thrust into surgical menopause. I had a shot of Lupron to shut my ovaries down in June and after having a taste of menopause, I definitely do not want to go there before I have to! I cannot believe how awful hot flashes are! I would also think about what kind of cancer runs in your family. If you have both ovaries removed, will you be able to take hormones? I truly wish you the best of luck with making a decision and with your surgery and recovery!
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Unread 09-24-2011, 06:45 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

Thanks julzav28. Right now I don't know what to do. I am so tired of this pain and discomfort I just feel I want to get rid of everything. I'm going to continue to research and see what my doctor thinks is my best route. I'm just nervous as hell about the whole thing.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 09:59 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

I am right there with you, I am only 29 and sick of pain. There are positives and negative to both keeping and loosing. My gyn said its my decision and its hard. She thinks taking ovaries will help stop my pain, but personally for me I don't want to take HRT.
And I was told keeping ovaries reduces risk of heart attack. So now you see the positive in taking ovaries reduces risk of ovarian cancer but increases risk of heart attack. that is just what my gyn told me.

I would def. Speak to your gyn about it and research online about the ovaries and risks of taking them or leaving them. I somewhere online found an article, an up to date one about the risk of heart attack when taking and there was a lot of good info. If I can find that site, I will reply again with it. It was about a month ago though.
Good luck to ya
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Unread 09-24-2011, 11:06 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

hi-
surgical menopause stinks!!! I am already experiencing it after 6 days. I cant take HRT for 6 months and I am not liking it. I also understand that if there are cancer concerns they sometimes wont allow you to take HRT so I would definitely think long and hard before removing both. Good luck to you-
Merr
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Unread 09-25-2011, 01:34 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

I opted to leave mine. My dr. agreed as long as they were healthy. Post-op I still have both ovaries. I did not want to take hormones, and opted for surgery over hormones to resolve my issues. My dr. said removing the ovaries would reduce cancer risk only by 1.45%. But he also said, leaving them may require another surgery in the future. But with both parents and my sister having cancers, I opted for the natural hormone production over the synthethic.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 02:25 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

I struggled with this for a while. Ultimately, I decided to ask my dr. to leave otherwise healthy parts if possible. But I made this decision after considering my age, family history, likelihood of having to go back in, and whether HRT was an option if both ovaries were taken. It sounds like you are weighing all of the same considerations.

I can tell you (with the benefit of just a little bit of hindsight) that I am glad that I asked my dr. to leave the one ovary, I am grateful that it was healthy and that I had a decision to make. I feel like my recovery has been just a bit easier because my healthy ovary didn't go into shock & I am not experiencing hot flashes or other menopause symptoms. That is just me, though.

Do your research, listen to your doctor, and listen to your body. You'll find the right decision for you. Good luck.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 04:39 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

Thanks for the advice. My Dr. said he would try and save one ovary if he could. I'm not having any more children and I just figured I'd go for all or nothing since I was already having the surgery. After much reading I think I am leaning more towards trying, if possible, to keep one. I feel like my body is revolting on me.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 04:48 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

It definitely a difficult decision. I am 43 and have struggled with endo since the age of 16. My Doctor did give me the option to keep one or both if everything was OK. It was a lot to weigh and I didn't know about this site, it would have been nice to have the support of these sisters! I'm not happy about HRT but am looking into holistic methods. Ultimately, I chose to have both removed bc my doc also said I may look at future surgery and was just ready to move on with my life. I have experienced terrible hot flashes (I'm almost 6 weeks out), but I'd rather that than the pain, or recovery of future surgeries. You are smart to consider all options. Blessings (:
Sandi
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Unread 09-25-2011, 07:00 PM
Re: Should I have both ovaries removed or try and keep one?

Hi Sisters, My gyn told me that she was not going to remove my ovaries.Im concerned about cervical cancer and heart disease and anything that comes along with menopause because my mom was adopted and she has no infomaton about her family medical history.I have fibromyalgia,three slipped disk in my back and two in my neck .So Im in chronic pain already daily.This is soooo scary for me.Im so glad we have one another to support each other.
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