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Were you undecided? Were you undecided?

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Unread 10-31-2011, 01:49 PM
Were you undecided?

For those that were undecided to keep or remove your ovaries, what was the deciding factor? (aside from family history or cancer).

I'm having a LAVH on Nov 16th due to endo. I'm 42 yo and if they are healthy, I'd like to milk a couple more years out of them....but, rethinking that mind-set, because what about if by leaving them in I don't get any or much pain relief?

Doc wants to remove them because she says that is the only way that I'll have a good chance at being pain free.

I'm going bonkers weighing the pros and cons. I'd like to hear how others made the decision.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 02:48 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

I have the choice and I'm choosing to keep them - provided they are healthy when the surgeon gets a look at them.

At 47, I've not reached menopause yet and the increased chance of heart disease and osteoporosis was big for me as these are problems in my family history - also - because there is no family history of ovarian or breast cancer in my family. It's hard to keep family history the Big C out of this discussion and I don't know of anyone who made this decision without weighing those factors.

I'm wondering, if your ovaries are healthy, why your doctor would blame them for your pain? This is the part where I'm confused.
Unread 10-31-2011, 06:35 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

I'm 47 with a strong family history of ovarian cancer, so mine are gone. The surgical menopause isn't so pleasant, but I plan to go on a low dose of HRT for 3 years, then see how things go. But, yes, I WAS undecided - very much so and right up until I went into the O.R. - but we agreed that if she could get them easily per vag (i.e. not have to go in laparoscopically), they were to come out. That was the case, so I'm just content that because everything was so straightforward, they were meant to come out.

Good luck with your decision. I know, it's a tough one, and there ARE lots of factors to consider.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 09:31 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

I have decided I want the one that I have left out. My surgery is next Monday, so next week at this time I expect I will be sleeping a lot.

1. because my maternal grandmother died from ovarian cancer when she was 51

2. because I have had one ovary removed 6 yrs ago due to a tumor...which turned out to be benign, but I have worried about the other ovary every time I have pains on the side with the remaining ovary. And I don't want to have to wrry about it any longer.

3. I am 52 and have been going through perimenopause for over 4 yrs. I hope that it won't get worse, but if the hot flashes and night sweats do get worse, then I will consider HRT

Good luck making your decision. It is different for everyone and what works for one person may not work for another.
Unread 10-31-2011, 10:28 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

Even with a stage IV endometriosis diagnosis, I chose to keep my ovaries.

Have you had a second opinion yet about what is best for you? Will you be having surgery with an endometriosis specialist?

The problem for those of us with endometriosis is that estrogen is the fuel for endometriosis. Keeping the ovaries can provide more than enough estrogen to allow any remaining endometriosis to thrive, and hence cause us continued pain. On the other hand, no ovaries can open the door to other health concerns that affect our heart, bones, eyes, skin, as well as mental, emotional, and sexual health. Estrogen can be essential for our overall health so trying to eliminate it simply to decrease endometriosis risks isn't always wise.

As you make your decision, remember that neither a hysterectomy or oophorectomy will cure endometriosis. The key for treating endometriosis is the skillful excision of the endometriosis implants themselves. Any endometriosis that is missed has potential to grow or spread regardless of whether there is a uterus or ovaries. For one, endometriosis can create its own supply of estrogen. Also, once the ovaries are removed they can't be put back. You can always remove them later, but there is no going back after an oophorectomy.

In most cases, there is no absolutely right or wrong choice when it comes to the ovaries. We each have to consider our own pros and cons, our own diagnosis, our own family histories, our own... to figure out the right choice for us.

Unread 11-01-2011, 06:29 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

My gyn is doing the surgery. I live at least 2 hours from any specialist. I think I'll keep my ovaries and then see an endo specialist if I require any more treatment.

I've read other ladies on this site say that they made their decision and never looked back. That's what I need to do in order to maintain my sanity
Unread 11-01-2011, 11:59 PM
Re: Were you undecided?

After first tests, a cyst was on one. So, the doctor said she was taking it out at the same time of the hyst.. However, I woke up with both ovaries remaining. She said over those two months before the surgery, the cyst had disappeared. She decided that 47 was still young (kudos to her) and that she left them both hoping I wouldn't have future problems with them.

It's like others have said, if cancer is in the mix, she probably would have taken them. Best wishes.
Unread 11-02-2011, 12:51 AM
Re: Were you undecided?

Originally Posted by serenityjohnson View Post
I've read other ladies on this site say that they made their decision and never looked back. That's what I need to do in order to maintain my sanity
I understand and I don't want to endanger your sanity, but many of those women did not have endometriosis. That complications our situations.

While I don't look back--that won't help as I can't change the past anyway--I didn't have a happily ever after hysterectomy or endometriosis story. However, I made the best decision I could based on my own situation and circumstances. Thus, I don't beat myself up over the results either.

As long as you have weighed your pros and cons and are making the best choice for you with realistic expectations, that is all any of us can do!


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