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Unread 03-28-2002, 06:06 PM

I will be keeping my ovaries, but I have a question about it...

I think I read somewhere that sometimes the ovaries shut down after having a hysterectomy. Does anyone know if this is true? And if it is, do you know any statistics on this?

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Unread 03-28-2002, 06:09 PM

I don't know about the statistics, someone else may come along who does.
I have read that the ovaries shut down temporarily, I believe it is a shock from the surgery. Then they usually wake back up and start functioning. There may be many other factors at play such as your age, health, etc., that would effect how the ovaries perform and for how long.
Please ask your doctor about this too. Hopefully he/she can shed some light on it.
Unread 03-28-2002, 06:16 PM

Sometimes they shut down, sometimes they don't. Sometimes you might experience some fluctuations well afterward, too. Seems like there is no clear way to predict this, but I know that many women here have had this occur.

I think it would be very tough to get any accurate stats on this because it is something that can be intermittent; it's hard to monitor, and many times women don't report this to their doctor until it's either been going on for a while or has passed! I don't know how you would get a good reliable sample.

As Shelley said, talk it over with your doctor; perhaps you can set up a "game plan" of temporary HRT in the event you do have some problems. It might give you some peace of mind.


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