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to keep ovaries or not? to keep ovaries or not?

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Unread 04-11-2002, 05:57 AM
to keep ovaries or not?

Hi everyone:
After having a second opinion, I am going to have a hysterectomy
for a fibroid that is growing, size of a 16 week pregnancy.
I'm 46 and never had children, and both drs. suggest having
my ovaries removed also, so ovarian cancer is not a worry.
They say not having had children puts you at higher risk,
and I'm close to menopause anyway. But they say it's totally
my decision. I'm leaning towards having them removed,
as they say there are also small cysts on one of the ovaries.
Does anyone have any experience with this, and going on
hormones immediately afterwards.
Thanks, sisters!
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Unread 04-11-2002, 06:20 AM
to keep ovaries or not?

As most of the sisters will tell you, it is obviously a personal decision and you should do a lot of reading before making it. But, that having been said, you are really asking for some anecdotal evidence one way or the other, right?

Yes, I had the option of having mine removed (I am 44). Since ovarian/uterine cancer is in my family history and I had been experiencing perimenopausal symptoms prior to my surgery, I opted to lose them. As it turns out, during surgery they noticed that they were all but ready to fail anyway, so it was a good decision for me. I went on HRT right after surgery and feel great. My perimenopausal symptoms went away within a couple of days and I now have a very even temper every day of the month, no hot flashes, no night sweats, etc.

Also, I asked a lot of women prior to my surgery about keeping their ovaries. Every SINGLE ONE that kept them said that they failed within a year after surgery anyway. So they said it wasn't worth it and wished they had removed them when they had the chance. They all eventually went to HRT and said that they never felt better. And most of them were young when they had their surgery!

I'm 6 months post-op now and have lost 18 lb since my surgery because I finally found that I could stick with a diet and exercise program with my renewed "streamlined" body. I feel great and haven't slept this good since before I had my first kid.

I wish you luck with your decision.
Unread 04-11-2002, 06:27 AM
to keep ovaries or not?

thank you for your reply and experience. Like you, I am also
experiencing perimenopausal symptoms now, so I'm inclined
to just have them taken out at the same time as the
hysterectomy. It is good to hear that your experience on
hormone replacement has been a positive one. I, too,
have the nights of not sleeping, night sweats, and
mood swings....
thank you again.

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