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I am having a hysterectomy in a couple of weeks. Should I keep my ovaries?

By Anonymous January 8, 2013 - 1:41pm
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I am 44 years old and am scheduled to have a hysterectomy in a couple of weeks. I am trying to decide if I should keep my ovaries or not. In 2005, I had a breast augmentation. Some of my breast tissue looked odd so the surgeon sent it to the lab. Turns out the tissue was pre-cancerous termed atypical ductal hyperplasia and the tissue was hormone positive. After that, I went on Tamoxifen for 5 years. I have mammograms every year and a breast MRI every other year to stay on top of things. If I remove the ovaries during the hysterectomy, I know it will lower my breast cancer risk, but I am really worried about plunging into menopause. I would not be able to take HRT. My mother did not go through menopause until her mid 50's. Your opinion on what I should do would be so appreciated. I've discussed this with my oncologist, the gyn, and a genetic counselor, but they all just seem to agree with my concerns and they are not helping me make a decision.

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