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Unread 02-13-2012, 07:52 PM
Re: should i have ovaries removed?

My personal opinion: Keep them if your diagnosis is not cancer related. Do some research and you will find that even after menopause, they continue to release a small amount of hormone...when you have your ovaries removed, you will have to be on a hormone replacement, especially at your age. The hormones they release, help to prevent bone loss, heart disease, etc...
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Unread 02-13-2012, 08:04 PM
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THE FELLOW SISTERS THAT I KEEP IN TOUCH W/ THAT HAD THEM REMOVED ARE GOING THRU HELL from having them said you were 28,right?look at your bone structure.are u small,medium,or large-boned.osteoporosis...surgical menopause is worst kind to recieve.check all this out.EXTREME AGGITATION AND NERVOUSNESS,BONE LOSS,HOT FLASHES will go into surgical menopause,my co-worker is going into regular menopause and thats natural and she's having an extremely hard time and she's 51!
dr. told me if ovaries can be saved he would save them cause of how much they do for your mom had [email protected] age 32 removed ovaries,it took her at least 6 months to quit screaming at us kids.i know from personal experience how rough this is on YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.GOOD LUCK W/ YOUR DECISION HUGS TO U
Unread 02-13-2012, 08:40 PM
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I am 27 and I fully plan on keeping my ovaries. I am not ready to start menopause. The only reason why I would agree to have them removed was if there was cancer present.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 08:42 PM
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Courtney you're smart from everything my friends have said about surgical menopause.its not gradual but lands you smack-dab into menopause.straight into it!not gradual
Unread 02-13-2012, 08:58 PM
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Surgical menopause is brutal ... And I'm talking about surgical menopause ON HRT. 6 weeks out, my migraines are worse than before. I do hope they will settle down once my hormones are stable, though.

As far as the ovarian cancer risk, do you have time for a consult with a gyn-onc? A second opinion may help you come to a decision.
Unread 02-13-2012, 09:11 PM
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Hi Anle, I currently take topomax for my migraines as there caused by arthritis due to a brain hemorrhage when I was 6 and for my seizure disorder! In the past few years I've been through the ablation and told I can't have birth control or vicodin by my gyno and neurologist bc they actually increase migraines.....ugh seems like the never ending battle lol. I have also been told by gyno/specialist that chances for ovarian cancer are increased if they run in family.....just not as much if its not immediate family! Also that since ovaries produce the hormones if I leave them the cramping and pain may very well continue!
Thank u so much for reply! I hope ur recovery gets better
Unread 02-13-2012, 10:09 PM
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With your family history and neuro problems the decision is more difficult. A long talk with your DR is in order. Ask him what the odds are for you and what he recommends for you. If you've been told you can't take birth control does that mean you can't take HRT--they are both hormones. What does your neurologist recommend?

The odds of ovarian cancer are low but detection can be difficult. A family history can increase the odds but this is a discussion you need to have with your DR.

This is a big decision and needs careful consideration.
Unread 02-14-2012, 12:10 AM
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Thank u all so much ur opinions/advice/personal experience is all so helpful and I love the knowledge you all provide! I spoke to my sis tonight who is my ob specialist nurse actually and she is going to speak with him tomorrow and make sure we get plenty of time to talk Friday before surgery and go through every option again regarding my ovaries!! I will post again after surgery as soon as I can and thank u all so much again such inspirational women!!
Unread 02-14-2012, 12:23 PM
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Thom, glad your sister will help you research your options a bit. Has anyone in your family been tested for the BRCA gene, by chance, to see whether your family has a genetic predisposition for ovarian/breast cancer? Even though I am BRCA-, since I had estrogen positive breast cancer and have a strong family history and other risk factors, my gyn-onco recommended I have the ovaries removed. Every case is different though - You are really young to have them removed, but I definitely would consult with a gyn-onco if you are able, to get a fuller picture of options. With your family history, if you do not remove the ovaries, your doctor will likely recommend fairly frequent (possibly annual) ultrasounds to monitor them.

One thing about surgical menopause - Some good news. I am 42 and every doctor I saw leading up to my surgery told me I would go into surgical menopause overnight, I'd crash, have hot flashes, etc. I haven't had any bad menopause issues yet (other than some vaginal dryness which my doc immediately prescribed different creams to try for it). My mom had a total hysterectomy at 45 and did not feel ANY menopausal symptoms until 1.5 years later, and even then she had limited hot flashes (but did have some depression which she worked through and has been fine ever since, she did take Premarin for a couple years but went off it a long time ago, and is 73 now). One of my best friends had a total hysterectomy at 23, following a terrible miscarriage, and she's been on Premarin for years, is 59, and does have to be very careful about osteoporosis but is diligent about keeping fit and eating right and feels great.

My point is that there's a lot of info to process ahead of deciding to remove your ovaries now. I hope you get the best info you can so you can make a decision you are 100% comfortable with. This website is definitely a great place to help with that as well. Best of luck
Unread 02-14-2012, 04:46 PM
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i totally agree w/ catherine on this.
i just know from personal experience that once they are gone,they're gone!my mom simply went off her estrogen and she's shattered both ankle and leg bones---this is 2nd year in a row(she was in wheelchair for 2 months both times).dr. said she has osteoporosis from not taking chemical estrogen.she's now taking this again...(THANK GOD)
she was also quite the witch until they got her meds right.

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