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Unread 05-29-2002, 09:39 AM


This is my first post. I have just got back from my appointment at the hospital to see the gynaecologist.

I am having a hysterectomy on 26th July. I have suffered for years from polycystic ovaries and have never had regular periods. When they do come they are terrible and I have heavy bleeding. I have been seeing the gynaecologist for a few years and have now after trying Metformin to regulate my periods and it didn't work come to the hysterectomy conclusion. I am thrilled to be honest getting one and not having to worry anymore about it all.

I do have the option of ovary removal as well but don't have to decide now until my surgery date. I have read many posts on your site some in favour of removal and some not. I suffer terribly from PMT symptoms and understand that if I did have the ovaries removed most of the symptoms would disappear. I am nearly 39 so I guess would be entering menopause sometime in the next 5-10 years naturally so don't see what difference having them removed now would make to that side of things.

I'm sure some of the 'sisters' will have advice they can give to me and I would be really grateful for your help.

Best Wishes to you all,

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Unread 05-29-2002, 10:03 AM

Welcome Sharon! So happy that you found us!

There are pro's and con's to keeping or losing the ovaries. Read all you can, and talk everything over with your doctor to see what s/he thinks would be best for your particular medical situation.

If you haven't already, please check out the Pull Down menus on our home page...full of helpful information and stories.

Keep reading, keep posting, and don't forget you can use our search engine (little purple button at the top right of each page) to find threads with specific topics.

We'll all be here to help you get through this!!

Unread 05-29-2002, 12:26 PM

Hi, Sharon!
I wanted to welcome you to HysterSisters, too! As Karen said, the ovary question is the most sticky, controversial one. Some women do have great difficulty finding just the right type and dose of HRT that makes them feel good, so if your ovaries are healthy it makes sense to keep them and hope they will continue producing hormones for you for 10 more years. I left the decision to my dr when he could visually examine them during surgery. They were not healthy, plus I was at borderline risk for ovarian cancer, so he removed them. I'm glad of that now, since I don't have to worry about that cancer, but then I was 48 and close to menopause. I'm lucky in that I've felt great on Estrace. You have to weigh your pros and cons, and come to a decision you feel comfortable with. There is a new blood test in research right now which seems to detect ovarian cancer in its very early stage, and that would make keeping the ovaries a much easier decision.

Read all you can here, and ask any questions you have. HysterSisters really helped me be prepared for my hyst and to be much calmer through surgery and recovery. We'll be here to support you on this journey! s and best wishes!

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