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left ovary removed effects?

By August 8, 2010 - 2:24pm
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I'm 28 years old with severe endometriosis (diagnosed at 24 yrs old), I just had my 3rd laparoscopy done on friday due to stomach pain. I had part of the left ovary removed a couple years ago with a laparotomy, & kept getting endo cysts which I had the other 2 laparoscopies.
with my 3rd laparoscopy my dr. decided he had to remove my remaining left ovary. I'm wondering how does having 1 ovary effect me? will it mess up my ovulation totally. would it help me to take estrogen pills? is there anything I should do different?
I have my follow-up appt. in 3 wks.

Any advice or suggestions would be helpful.

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Having one ovary should not adversely affect your estrogen levels, or your ovulation. The one ovary will "take over" the other ovary's functions, in theory. Be sure to talk with your doctor at your 3 week appointment about this question (to confirm that this answer applies to you, and your specific situation).

Also, you may want to ask your doctor for any signs/symptoms that you should be aware of if there does come a need for you to use supplemental estrogen. How often do you need to have physical exams, etc.

I know I have given you more questions than answers, but your one ovary should be all you need for ovulation, but please know this can vary from woman-to-woman, case-by-case.

Do you have any additional questions?

August 8, 2010 - 7:21pm
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