ask: What possible side effects of removing 1 ovary? Or should I have both removed?

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Newbie here so I hope I'm doing this right....LOL I found out 3 years ago that I have 3 cysts on my right ovary. My gyne has been watching them closely via ultrasounds and CA125 blood tests because my mom had ovarian cancer 13 yrs. ago....alive and healthy!! My CA125 are within the normal ranges. Within the past year the cysts started growing a little bit. He first suggested removing the right ovary only but after my last ultrasound suggested removing both but also wanted me to go see an oncologist gynecologist. I went to see the Dr. that performed my mother's surgery and a very high rated doctor. I had an ultrasound done today and he called me to tell me that he does want to remove the right ovary for sure and gave me the option to remove both ovaries but not the uterus. The left ovary is healthy but given my history it's up to me. I am 47 and premenopausal. I feel I should only have the right one removed so that I do not go into instant menopause as I already suffer from mild depression. I am still trying to digest all this so any input would be appreciated. I should add I have a very supportive husband and family and of course they are leaving the decision up to me. Thanks so much!

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I'm not sure the pain meds would cause your boobs to grow maybe worth speaking to your doctor as it could be your hormones. I have had 3 operations in the last 18 months to remove many many cyst which keep getting bigger, some have ruptured which resulted in me having my right ovary and Fallopian tube removed. I now experience quite a bit of pain during inter cause that side which ive been scanned for and awaiting gyne appointment! When they scanned me recently they noticed that I have a large cyst again on my other side so I'm expecting another operation due to my history! However since having my right ovary removed I have become increasing down, I don't even recognise myself or my irrational thoughts anymore. Feelings of leaving my husband as I am not good enough for him. Cry loads not eating or sleeping properly! It's been going on about 6-8 months now and I only opened up to my husband about this a couple days ago! He has been really supportive but I just don't know what to do to stop me feeling so pants. Could it be more hormones with having only one ovary removed?? Or am I just losing my head?

Desparate girl in need of some advise! X

August 2, 2015 - 2:56am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Its just hormones. If they remove the other ovary I suggest talking to your doctor about hormone replacements. Its hard at first, but it does get better over time. I found that it helps to work on little crafts and projects to keep my mind off all the craziness going on in my mind. Just hang in there!

August 2, 2015 - 3:20pm
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Hello, I am 20 years old and just had my right ovary removed along with a DNC( to remove a polyp) now all of the sudden my breast have gotten significantly larger. Is this normal? Could it be the pain medication that I am on? I'm not complaining at all, I would prefer them to continue getting larger, but I would like to know the cause of it.

July 24, 2015 - 9:46am
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My wife had ovarian cyst removed a few years ago. The cysts came back and her gyn told her that she should consider having one of her ovaries removed. She put her trust into the dr and had it done.
Since the surgery my wife's mode changed and nothing seems to make her happy. The slightest thing would set her off. I have been researching it and found that removal of a females ovary has a detrimental affect on a female. I wish I had done research prior to my wife having her ovary removed because I found that a lack of either iodine or iron can cause cysts to form and a regiment of either iron or iodine can reduce the size of the cyst and eventually cause the cysts to disappear. I would have had my wife go that route instead.I have spoken with my wife about her change and she becomes extremely defensive. I believe most of these Drs don't give a sh-t and do what ever they want with out thinking about how their actions affect their patient.
People need advocates and I'm telling you that u should do your research before having something done that may destroy the person that you are.

July 1, 2015 - 7:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I would just stick in there for our wife. I had my right ovary removed yesterday due to a cyst the size of a baseball. I was informed that I will go through hormonal changes until my left ovary kicks in and replaces the hormones that my other ovary was creating. If her moods having settled down by now I would suggest going to the doctor and asking for a hormone replacement. But just know that what she is experiencing is completely normal.

July 24, 2015 - 9:38am
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Hi every one need answers here when I was 13 I had a 20cm cyst on my left ovary and had to get them removed but still had 2 little cyst left the doctors said they will go away haven't had a scan for 6 years to check up on that some times when I wake up I don't know why it hurts on the left side where I had my ovary taken out any comments on this

June 14, 2015 - 3:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi I just want to tell u my story I'm not trying to scare u 5 days ago I got rushed to the er in bad bad pain I had a cist on my left overy I hadn't been filling good but ignored it and continued to work and go about my every day life. I got to the er and my left overie had flipped upside down and ruptures I was bleeding to death I lost 2 liters of blood I got rushed into surgery and they removed it and stopped the bleeding I am 26 years old and I never think about my health and it almost cost me my life I had to have a blood transfusion it was a very scary freak thing I have 2 baby's as well. My advice to u since it has been 6 years go to the doctor and please don't ignore anything unusual. I wish u the best of luck and I will defiantly keep u in my prayers.

July 15, 2015 - 7:56am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hey..i got one of ma ovary removed due to a 15 cm twisted cyst..i am 23 mom wants me to settle down..have babies.. She worries that it may b..god forbid.. a problem for me...later conceive ..can some1 help ...plz help me..i m feeling horrible

July 15, 2015 - 1:03pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

In Oct 2013, I had a cyst and ovary removed. Dr told me of u wanted children, it would be harder to conceive. I had two children, a boy at the time almost 18 and a girl, almost 10. It was ok with me because I didn't plan on having more anyway. Will lead than 3 months later I was expecting! Went for my first sonogram only to see that Ayer all these years, they have double imaging technology. Uh no the didn't. My one. ...maybe hard to conceive ovary had worked double time!!! I actually had fraternal twins. So don't lieu it discourage you.

August 21, 2015 - 1:26am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm 25 and had my left ovary and tube removed last February because of a massive tumor had made it septic, I also had a roommate who had her ovary removed at age 13 for the same reason as you and she has a 5 year old son. :) Having one less ovary will have little to no effect on your ability to have children so you and your mother don't need to worry. Listen to your body. These doubts and worries are normal but more than anything you need to recover. It's been months and I'm still experiencing issues (hormonal) and the hormonal imbalances commonly cause anxiety and depression after removal, so try to stay positive. If it's too much, talk to your doc about ways you can even out your hormones. It takes some people 3 to 6 months to even a year to completely recover from ovarian removal even if it is just the one, which, unfortunately my doctor said absolutely nothing about the symptoms I'd be having after or why so I had to do lots of research the past few months. These hormonal imbalances will continue until your other ovary figures out how to pick up the slack of the other ovary (one ovary doing the work for two). This can create stress on your body but it's temporary. I hope this helps? I hope you're feeling better and that you heal quickly. :)

August 13, 2015 - 3:55pm
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