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Unread 05-12-2002, 08:21 PM
Hi I'm Lora

I am scheduled for a TAH on the 28th of this month. I go for my pre-op on the 22nd. I have PCOS, cervical dysplasia that just keeps returning after 2 Leep surguries. I have only 1 first degree relative other than 18 year old twin DD. My mother has had bilateral breast cancer. Both were primary cancers. My DR and I are both leaning towards taking my overies as a precaution, even if they look okay. I am worried about the surgical menopause. Anyone else have a similar situation or an opinion?
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Unread 05-12-2002, 09:09 PM
Hi I'm Lora

Hi, Lora,

Welcome to Hystersisters. The decision about whether to keep your ovaries or not is a very personal one. Your age and family history are two important factors to consider.

Here's a link to some info about surgical menopause:


You may also want to visit the Hormone Jungle and/or the No Hormone Desert Oasis forums, here at Hystersisters, for more information about HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and/or natural supplements to deal with the effects of surgical menopause.

I chose to have both of my ovaries removed with my hysterectomy. I have been on HRT since the recovery room, and I feel great.

Good luck with your decision, and once again, welcome.

Best wishes,
Unread 05-12-2002, 09:28 PM
Hi I'm Lora

Hi and welcome, Lora!!

As you get more familiar with HysterSisters, you'll probably see that whether or not to keep ovaries tends to be a topic that people write about a lot! As Helen mentioned, age and family history are two important things to keep in mind.

You asked about similar situations/opinions. I just had a TAH/BSO April 29th. My Dr. and I agreed for the ovaries to come out. In my Dr's opinion, family history was the biggest reason. My Mother has had both breast and uterine cancer.

That's another thing about HysterSisters--you'll see lots of advice about following Dr's orders. Yes, the final decision is up to you. It's just a great idea to get all the info you can--from your Dr, etc., etc.

Wishing you the best in your decision-making!

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