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Unread 10-04-2011, 12:56 PM
Is this true???

I m having a supracervical hysterectomy Oct. 28th n am keeping my ovaries. However, I have heard that the ovaries die from lsall of blood supply within a few years n I will go through premature menopause or need hrt. I am only 32. Is this true???
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Unread 10-04-2011, 01:00 PM
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I do not think that is true. My Doctor told me I would go in to Menopause the same time as I would have if I did not have a hysterectomy.

I am going to do a little research just in case...
Unread 10-04-2011, 01:05 PM
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My doc said the same thing as Ginger's. He did warn me that my remaining ovary (I was only able to keep one) could go into shock and that it could become ineffective from the lack of a complete blood supply, but was not a given.

And, in case you are wondering, mine didn't go into shock and I'm not on HRT.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 01:23 PM
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Me too! In fact, I feel better than ever. I am only 4 weeks post op. I had one "bad" week and am coming out of it, but I think it's more due to the freezing raining weather. today the sun came out
I saw pictures and my ovaries looked vital, so I am hoping they stay that way until 60 (that is when my mom and grandma went into menopause)
I wish you well with your surgery.
Unread 10-04-2011, 03:37 PM
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I've never heard that. My GYN told me that I would go into menopause at the normal expected time, after having my uterus removed but keeping my ovaries. Unless you have some other underlying condition, the blood supply to your ovaries is not affected after having a hysterectomy.
Unread 10-04-2011, 04:37 PM
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Yes, the ovaries can actually stop working following a hysterectomy. One reason is because the blood supply to the ovaries can be interrupted depending on how your body. The blood supply to the ovaries consists mainly of a combination of the uterine artery and the ovarian artery. The amount that each artery contributes varies with each woman. If the main blood supply to the ovaries is mainly provided by the uterine artery and a good, new blood supply is not established, then the ovaries can stop working prematurely.

The "shock" can occur as that new blood supply is being established. For me, it lasted a few months. I had both menopause and PMS symptoms all mixed together which was rather a wild ride! But at 11 years post op, my ovaries are still working and I just had PMS to prove it! My mom's ovaries functioned for over 20 years following her TVH.

For those of us whose ovaries do continue to function, we can enter menopause about 3-5 years sooner than if we had not had a hysterectomy but those numbers aren't too bad!

Unread 10-04-2011, 04:43 PM
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Actually, TangoRomeo, it depends how your body is "wired" in terms of blood vessels to your ovaries. Different people are "wired" in different ways. This linked diagram gives the details. I hope this helps.
Unread 10-04-2011, 04:45 PM
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I had a tubal ligation, already disrupting some blood supply, I am hoping this doesn't make matters worse.
Unread 10-04-2011, 05:19 PM
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When I asked my doctor he said I may have menopause 1 year or so earlier than I would have had it without the hysterectomy.

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