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Unread 04-15-2003, 02:13 PM
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I have been browsing this site since my hysterectomy in July 02, howerver this is my first time posting. I had a LAVH in 7/02 and have been having cysts on my ovaries ever since. It seems that I will be pain free for a few months and then be in pain for a month. This cycle has been happening since my LAVH. My Doc put me on Depo which seemed to help since last week. I ended up in the ER with extreme pain. They sent me to my OB and he gave me three choices. The first is to continue depo, go on lupron which I was on before the hysterectomy, or get my ovaries surgically removed. I really want to get them out, but am worried because I am 28 years old and married. I worried about being on hormones and that my sex drive will diminish. This is such a hard choice and I was hoping to get a little advice from someone that has been through this situation before. I know that its only an opinion and thats fine but I would just like some imput. It seems like the shots would be the best route, but Im in so much pain right now that desperation has entered my life. The depo seems to not be working and the Lupron scares me because I am still facing the side effects almost a year after that treatment. I really want to make a logical decision that will be better for the long run. My OB wants me to call him in a couple of days to tell him what I chose. Thank you Carol
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Unread 04-15-2003, 03:08 PM
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Carol :

No answers here... just sending a and ers. Try to take some quiet time for yourself and hopefully the answer will come to you. Don't feel rushed because your doc wants to have an answer. Take your time, do your research and you will make the right decision.

I am sure there are sisters here who can offer some words of advice or lead you to some good information.
Unread 04-15-2003, 06:45 PM
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I'm sorry you are having to make such a difficult decision. At the time of my hyst I only had 1/2 of an ovary left and really didn't have a choice on whether it stayed or went. Doc said everything was coming out.

As I've not experienced your situation I really can't offer you advice on what you should do. I would like to suggest that you read the pull down menus at There's some good information there about hormones.

You can post any questions you might have regarding what you read in The Hormone Jungle message forum

Good luck CarolAnn Do let us know what you decide.
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Unread 04-16-2003, 10:19 AM
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I also had NO choice in having my ovaries removed. I can honestly say that I would have told him to TAKE them if I had been given a choice.

To me leaving them in with all of the cysts I had was so painful I could not be intimate. I did not find that having them out affected me and DH's sex life except make it better since I had no pain from my ovaries.

NOW is a different story since I am scheduled for another lap for recurring endo and/or adhesions and the same old pain is back WITHOUT ovaries.

Everyones body is different and I have heard of some women having no sex drive afterwards, but I have also heard alot that have benefited from it..

I hope you can find peace in your decision, whatever it is.


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