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  #31  
Unread 12-08-2011, 09:19 PM
Re: ovaries or no ovaries!

Had my pre op today. The ovaries will remain unless there is cancer present. I have a few more years until menopause begins. ; }
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Unread 12-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Re: ovaries or no ovaries!

If you are wondering whether to take out your ovaries or not you should participate in the study pinned at the top of the board. Part of the study is to use a website they have developed.

I was surprised to learn that the incidence of ovarian cancer is very low. From the info in the website I determined that the benefits of keeping them was much higher than the benefits of getting rid of them. I have no cancer history in me or my family. While I have some hormonal issues I think most of my problem is cramping and bleeding make me cranky. I don't have cysts, twisted tubes or other tubal or ovarian problems. So unless there is something wrong when they go in there I'll be keeping mine.

I think the deciding factor is if there is an ovarian problem. If people tell you it's to avoid cancer but there is no indication you are at higher risk then that doesn't seem like a good idea. You probably have a higher chance of getting breast cancer so should you have a mastectomy just in case even though there is no indication you are at high risk?

Keeping your ovaries is subject to your own feelings and situation. It doesn't matter how I feel or anyone else feels.
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Unread 12-09-2011, 01:14 PM
Re: ovaries or no ovaries!

Beth
Can I ask you about the Factor V Leiden? How did you find out you had it? My mom just found out her one sister and nephew have this. She had severe bleeding/bruising with her heart ablation last year and I have had severe bruising with my robotic surgery last month.
Also, why does taking HRT make it worse? I am not taking any now and I had a LAVH on Oct 3 followed by staging surgery in Nov. My mom is being tested soon and I wonder if I should be tested?
Thanks
Pam
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Unread 02-04-2012, 04:55 AM
Re: ovaries or no ovaries!

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Beth
Can I ask you about the Factor V Leiden? How did you find out you had it? My mom just found out her one sister and nephew have this. She had severe bleeding/bruising with her heart ablation last year and I have had severe bruising with my robotic surgery last month.
Also, why does taking HRT make it worse? I am not taking any now and I had a LAVH on Oct 3 followed by staging surgery in Nov. My mom is being tested soon and I wonder if I should be tested?
Thanks
Pam
Somewhat late - and the question wasn't addressed to me but I'll answer it for general info anyway.

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The results of Herrington et al are very similar to those of a recently published study from the United Kingdom.10 This case-control study of women aged 45 to 64 years with a first episode of venous thromboembolism found a 15-fold increased risk of venous thromboembolism in women on hormone replacement with the factor V Leiden mutation. Analogous to the data in women with the factor V Leiden mutation on oral contraceptives, this odds ratio was greater than the expected odds ratio for the combination of the two risk factors, and the risk was highest in the first year of use.

Estrogen in hormone replacement therapy has effects on the hemostatic system that are similar to those of oral contraceptives. Hormone replacement therapy leads to a dose-dependent increase in markers of prothrombin activation and fibrin generation, while enhancing fibrinolysis and decreasing the plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-I.

It is clear that hormone replacement therapy should seldom be prescribed to women if they had a previous venous thrombotic event. For women known to have coronary heart disease and the factor V Leiden mutation without a personal history of venous thrombosis, Herrington and colleagues point out that the risk of venous thromboembolism will far exceed any potential benefits of hormone replacement.
I know I am not allowed to link off-site but if you use the google search engine and enter hrt and factor v leiden you'll find that study as the 2nd result.

Basically, hrt and birth control effect the way your blood clots and that greatly increases the risk of blood clots.

If your mother was tested and it was negative you don't need to be tested because it is not regressive (i.e. it's not a gene that can skip your parents and land on you) - if it was negative then you should get tested and avoid HRT if your test is positive.

Please note: I am not a health care professional - I am just a regular lay person who has Factor V Leiden and has done some research. Nothing I say should be taken as gospel, every single medical decision should be taken under advisement of a trained, qualified health care professional.
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