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

By July 21, 2008 - 8:00pm
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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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Hi, I am in a similar situation to yourself. My left ovary is full of cysts and blood, my right one was for a while but apparently they have disappeared for now. They can come back at a later date. My surgeon has said she will remove my left one only. They are conscious that my right knee should remain to allow me to continue producing oestrogen and to minimise risks of oesteoarthritus. I really wanted them both out as I have suffered for years with polyscstic ovaries and endriotremtis. I had a hysterectomy in my early 30's due to infertility issues and really bad periods.

May 19, 2017 - 1:39pm
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In the fall of 2016 I started suffering from constant cramps on my left side of my abdomen. It was similar to bad period cramps, but I have an IUD, Merina. So I wasn't used to having periods at all. I was passing strange discharge similar to a mucas that was brownish to blood red in color. Then suddenly when I was driving I had severe cramping, following at trip to the restroom to urinate. I got back in the car with 2 out of three of my children. I drove a few miles and had to pull over because of excruciating pain. I headed back to a restroom and could barely walk and was gagging back vomit from the pain. I took 800mgs of ibuprofen and drove home the hour. We went to the ER and they found a large cyst on my ovary and decided it must have burst. The gave me some pain meds and sent me home with a referral to see my OBGYN. 6 weeks later after being past around from RN practitioner to Doctors then to a surgeon. But I never got to the appointment because I was in such pain I ended up in the ER again.
I ended up with septic infection filling up my whole abdomen and tried to killed me. I ended up getting the ovary and the fallopian tube removed. Then my kidneys shut down for two and a half weeks. I was stuck in the hospital all that time on dialysis. My lady parts were healing up nicely, but I was in hell in the hospital.
I've been home almost 6 weeks and I'm having this terrible hair loss. I'm so depressed and anxious. They are calling it PTSD. I've lost almost 60lbs, I just never got my appetite back. They think it's great since I'm overweight, but I'm not even trying, and I worry about how I'm gonna stop when I want to.
I was concerned that the hair loss could be a hormone issue, but my family Dr checked my blood work and my hormone levels are all normal. I'm 40, so I'm premenopausal. I just wish I knew someone who has gone through something similar.

May 14, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I just had my right ovary removed a month and half ago. I started having anxiety and panic attacks. I have never had them before. The doctor told me I had PTSD. I can't eat because I have no appetite. I have lost 25 pounds. Every time I start to eat I get sick. My body is exhausted. Has things gotten better for you? My doctor checked my hormone levels and said they are normal. I don't know what else to do. I have 2 children and I don't want them to see me like this all the time.

September 19, 2017 - 6:15am
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I had my left ovary removed 2.5 yrs ago. I had cysts and vericose veins and lots of pain and bleeding for 28 days straight. Since having my surgery I Iooked like I was 6 mo pregnant, went into menapause with severe hot flashes night sweats and mental fog. Since then I have weight gain as much as when I was 9 months pregnant my breast are huge and for awhile I had milk coming out. I have practically no sex drive. I also cannot remember many things and can't think my way through things. I work in law and am afraid I am going to lose my job. I have other problems as well, like some of the pain has returned. I have tried talking to 3 different Dr.'s and they have each dismissed my complaints. I would have rather dealt with the pain then to deal with the aftermath.

January 6, 2017 - 3:29am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

OMG!! Same with me! I had my right one removed 2 years ago and my pain has returned. Not sure to go into the doctor or not.

May 1, 2017 - 10:52am
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I am 44 and had left ovary and Fallopian tube removed 12/17/15. The following week developed an infection in my uterus, I am now 7 days out on antibiotics. Feeling better physically: finally getting my strength back and able to move around well. Emotionally not so great some days feel like my insides are crawling and some days a cry at anything which is very out of character for me. My hair also seems to be falling out in more than normal amounts. I have not had a menstrual cycle yet. I go tomorrow for pathology reports and follow up to infection. Any advice or comments are much appreciated........

January 5, 2016 - 2:27pm
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I had my right ovary removed in emergency surgery 5 years ago because a cyst caused it to contort and my ovary died and turned septic inside of me (most painful thing I have ever had happen)! Since then I haven't had any change in my moods, I know for a fact that my left ovary hasn't picked up for the other one and still only ovulated every other month, but when it does ovulate it very rarely releases the egg as I have severe PCOS and have been told I will need to use IVF when I decide to have children.
One side effect I have noticed over the years is severe weight gain and inability to lose weight, yes I eat healthy and exercise, I have the odd treat here and there like a cupcake or a pie but not as much as some people I know who eat crap everyday and are skinny (that used to be me until my surgery).
Has anybody else noticed this? I have tried everything, I lose about 10kg when severely dieting but while on that diet it will start to increase again and if I have just one day off then guaranteed within a week I will be back up by at least 5kg.
After the surgery I got a lot of stretching in my tummy from the swelling and they never considered putting a drain in to try help, and now my tummy is bigger than the rest of me and something I am having to save up a lot of money to get fixed via more surgery just so I look normal again and comfortable in my own skin..

Has anybody else had this problem with their weight from either PCOS or overt removal or both??

November 25, 2015 - 10:55pm
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Hello, four weeks ago I got my right ovary removed. I was wondering when should I exspect my next menstral cycle?

August 29, 2015 - 9:30am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Around the same time you had it last month. Mine didn't change much maybe few days later. But all the same..

August 3, 2016 - 1:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had my left ovary removed and my cycle stayed the sale. I actually started my cycle 2 days after surgery.

October 2, 2015 - 5:56am
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