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Will having one ovary removed improve my PMS symptoms?

By June 4, 2010 - 11:17pm
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I'm 47 and just had my right ovary removed. I have severe PMS and was hoping that both ovaries would be removed but my Dr. was unable to access my left ovary Laprascopically so I still have it. The surgery was originally exploratory as I have had severe bloating and lower abdominal pain for quite some time. I requested removal of both ovaries to be rid of PMS and the risk of ovarian cancer. The pathology report showed a healthy ovary and some imflamation of the fallopian tube. I had a partial hysterectomy and had my uterus removed 12 yrs ago because of fibroid tumors.

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I would love to know if having one ovary removes reduced your PMS symptoms?

March 22, 2019 - 10:47pm
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Hello, Anon.

If only one ovary is removed and not your uterus, you will continue to be fertile and have menstrual periods and PMS might not change all that much. However, you may experience earlier menopause having only one ovary. If both ovaries are removed, you will experience surgical menopause.


March 23, 2019 - 5:16am

Hi, TracyGibson,

I'm so sorry your surgery didn't go the way you had hoped. I am sure you had lots of hopes pinned on the outcome, especially since you have been dealing with the bloating and abdominal pain.

SylviaC is right; to lose both ovaries does send you into instant menopause, which can be a really tough transition. I'm very glad that your pathology report said that the remaining ovary is healthy. I am assuming that means they have found no cysts, etc?

What does your doctor say about whether removing the one ovary will help relieve your PMS symptoms?

June 7, 2010 - 8:47am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Dr. says probably no relief for my PMS. Thank you for both of your responses. I,m not sure what's next, I go in for my post-op on the 15th. I am taking the Birth Control pill at this time to avoid PMS but the pill has neg symptoms of their own. I guess I'm just hormonally sensitive. I was looking forward to getting through menopause but concerned also. Oh well. I am getting the book "Screaming to be heard" in hopes of some answers and or guidance.

June 8, 2010 - 12:55pm
(reply to tracygibson)


That is a WONDERFUL book. I think you'll find it very helpfu, both now and for when you are in actual menoipausel. And you're right, while birth control pills do have side effects of their own, if you can strike the right balance you may be able to temper those nasty PMS symptoms.

I hope this is the case for you. Severe PMS symptoms can be so debilitating. Will you update us after your post-op appointment on the 15th?

June 9, 2010 - 8:13am

Hi, I don't know where to steer you to get official evidence but when I had both my ovaries removed I went straight into menopause which is just as stressful and awful to deal with so I'm not sure you would have been any better off. The reason they don't remove ovaries unless they have to is to try to put off early menopause. I can empathise totally with you tho as my story is very similar.


June 5, 2010 - 1:13am
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