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Unread 02-12-2012, 09:48 PM
should i have ovaries removed?

Hi! I am curious on if I should leave my ovaries or have them removed? My dr is wonderful and has left the decision up to me but I am only 28! Ive had 2 children and tubes tied! Last year I had an ablation due to heavy horrible bleeding every 2 weeks and terrible cramps and lower back pain! The past several months I've had severe cramping again but no bleeding! I recently had a lap. Just to look around there was no endo. But adenomyosis is suspected. My hysterectomy is scheduled for this Friday and dr says removing ovaries can help with my bloating and horrible migraines along wth my topomax.....has removal of ovaries helped anyone else with these issues? Any info would b much appreciated! Also is it possible if I leave ovaries to develop endo or adenomyosis on them? I don't want to go through another surgery if its avoidable!!
thank u so much in advance!!
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Unread 02-13-2012, 01:20 AM
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Hi I'm in the same boat as you I also had the ablation last year but the horrible cramps have come back and feel like I'm about to give birth some days, they also suspect ademoyosis with me and I'm having op tomorrow but still can't make my mind up about my ovaries I'm a big older than you I'm 38 and worried about the after affects but I also get monthly bloats sore breasts and bad spots, I think I'm heading towards the ovaries being removed as worried about still getting all these symptoms every month and people I have spoken to that are on hrt say it was the best thing they ever did, good luck.
Unread 02-13-2012, 07:28 AM
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Thank-you for your reply! At this point I've decided for removal. My dr said that my symptoms my not b totally relived if I don't such as the horrible bloating I seem to have almost all month! And that alone is worth it to me lol wth bloating and enlarged uterus I feel like I'm 6months pregnant
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Unread 02-13-2012, 08:53 AM
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Once your ovaries are gone, they're gone. You can always have them taken out at a later date if they cause problems. The hormones ovaries produce are very important for someone your age so you will need to be on HRT for a very long time. Hormones can be expensive and not everyone feels well on them. If I were your age, I would keep them and see how it goes. The surgery to remove them is much easier than a hyster.

Please watch this video about early menopause. Removing your ovaries at a young age may be trading one problem for another and puts you at risk for lots of problems down the road. You can use hormones in addition to your ovaries to help with your symptoms. It's worth a try.

It's a big decision only you can make. I had my ovaries removed at 55 and have struggled--can't even imagine what I'd be like doing it at 28! Maybe talking to another Dr would be useful for you. A second opinion is always a good idea.

Unread 02-13-2012, 09:32 AM
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Thank you for your post I truly appreciate everyone on here its such a blessing to hear from so many amazing women! I have also thought about that once there gone...there gone :0 I am having to pay for all these surgeries out of pocket which is why I'm struggling so much with the decision also! I'm a stay at home mom with a 7 yr old disabled son and a 3 yr old son! My hubbies ins is outrageous yet we don't qualify for any sort of help through the government or hospital....we are on the verge of forecloser and bankruptcy....the med bills are killing us so the thought of another possibility surgery down the road is terrifying financially!! Sorry not meaning to lay out my life story lol but its just all playing such a huge factor and I feel like my head is going to explode!!! I feel so lost and I just wish someone could say YES its absolutely the right decision or NO its absolutely wrong!! I'm so glad I was encouraged to come to this site the stories and ladies on here are amazing plus the!!
Unread 02-13-2012, 10:03 AM
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What Pattypat said!

At 28, I would never have considered having them out unless they were diseased.

I had my hyster at 47 and the option was mine. I chose to keep them.

1. I hadn't started menopause yet and am not in a hurry to.

2. Osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke are a big part of my family health history. Ovarian and breast cancer are not, so it made sense to keep them.

Best Wishes.
Unread 02-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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I am 45 and keeping long as I am able to. Heart disease is a major factor and not something you want to have to worry about at such a young age. Sounds like you have your plate full already. It is a personal decision but I don't want to even consider going into early menopause and I am probably only about 5 years out! My Dr. recommended that I keep at least female family members agreed. So my two cents is...keep them if you can. I wish you nothing but the best.
Unread 02-13-2012, 12:43 PM
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Thank you all so much for the posts!!should family history of ovarian cancer b a concern at my age? I don't hv cancer or anything pointing to it but have had family members with it! Sorry about all the questions just weighting all possibilities and options before I can make a decision!
Unread 02-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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I have adenomyosis as well. Adenomyosis from what I know is uterine only. I am only having my uterus & cervix removed. I would suggest that you get with your doctor in advance and let him know ONLY to take out your ovaries if he finds endo on them. Otherwise I would leave them. I know it's a pain to think of a 2nd surgery to remove them should it still be a problem, but I think you should try to keep them if at all possible.
Unread 02-13-2012, 07:40 PM
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Thank u ladies!! Is anyone familiar with the risk of ovarian cancer as my aunt and cousin have both had it? Do I or would I b at risk? Such a tough decision I feel torn! I have a sister who is an OB nurse and a mother who is an ex nurse who both say removal....along with cousin and aunt of course but the ladies on here say not to....what way does one go? How do you even make this choice? My dr is fantastic and is a specialist wth 25+ years under his belt doing this and says my symptoms aren't guaranteed to go away as the ovaries are the cause for my massive bloating!! Has anyone has had good experiences with HRT at 28ish?

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