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By January 19, 2011 - 8:20pm

Im 26 and beyond scared ! I had both ovaries removed and I dont know what's next ! I see my chances of breast cancer are 30 % now and osteoporosis is high now ..... I feel overwhelmed !!!!!!!!

By March 1, 2011 - 5:26pm

Thank you very much Angelica. I will let you know how it goes..... I do appreciate the support.

March 1, 2011 - 5:26pm
By March 1, 2011 - 12:44pm

Hi Kris,
I was 38 when I had my unilateral oophorectomy and that one was one was done robotically. I stayed in the hospital for 6 days, but did have some complications because of the endometriosis they were removing. If I remember correctly I was only suppose to be in the hospital for a couple of days. Even with the complications I felt like I recovered faster because of the smaller incisions, it was easier to move around and the pain was not as bad either. I'm glad you won't be needing all the additional hormones, that's been one of my bigger struggles since my surgery. I know what you mean about dreading surgery, not something I wanted to go through again - but glad I did it.
I wish you the best, please keep us posted on what you decide to do. Where her to support you!
Take care,

March 1, 2011 - 12:44pm
By February 28, 2011 - 8:54pm

Hi Angelica-
Thank you for sharing.... this is an elective procedure that I am contemplating. I am 48 and stopped menstruating at age 40 due to chemotherapy. My hormone levels are very low....already. I had them tested in August. How old were you when the 2nd one was removed. Did you stay in hospital for awhile? or come home soon? Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose and I have a family history of it plus with my multiple cancers through the years, was told it would be a good idea.... I dread surgery again. I am also one of Jehovah's Witnesses so the issue of bloodless surgery is non negoitiable. Many physicians now participate in this type of care.
The only type of hormone I suspect I might need is a little testosterone.....
Please give me your thoughts if any.....
Thank you very much

February 28, 2011 - 8:54pm
By February 28, 2011 - 11:04am

Hi krishoff,
I'm sorry that you are having to make this decision. If you don't mind me asking why do you have to have them removed? And which type have you been recommended to have a bilateral oophorectomy (both ovaries) or a unilateral oophorectomy (one ovary)?
I've had both my ovaries removed but at different times and now that I don't have them I'm on HRT, since I don't have the ability to produce the hormones (estrogens, progesterone and androgens) I need. I can understand why you cannot be on HRT, I just hope you don't have any additional issues with your hormone levels.
I've actually had both oophorectmy procedures done - traditional (open) oophorectomy and laparoscopic/robotic procedure. The robotic oophorectomy was less painful since I had multiple small incisions vs. the one larger incision. I was able to move around and recover faster with the robotic procedure. Although I still had to a take it easy and let my "insides" heal properly for the recommended six to eight weeks. Here's some information I found on oophorecomy - https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/oophorectomy.
Since they are leaving your uterus do you know if you'll need to take progesterone? I had to take it to induce my monthly cycle.
I hope this helps, let me know if I can share any additional information from my experience.
Take care and good luck with your decision.

February 28, 2011 - 11:04am
By February 27, 2011 - 6:45am

Hi Girls: I am contemplating ovarian removal. I am 48 post menopausal. I have been encouraged to have this done due to my g.mother having disease. My mom is OK. I have had Hodgkins Disease 2x, cervical CA, early melanoma, and double mastectomy 8 years ago. Chemo put me in menopause at age 40. Due to my history, seriously considering oophorectomy.... How is the surgery? Could yours be done laprascopically?
Thanks. I cannot take HRT since breast cancer was Estrogen +, but my hormone levels are low now, so I don't think I will have too much of a problem.

February 27, 2011 - 6:45am
By February 18, 2011 - 3:52pm

Hi Jackie,
I had my ovaries removed due to endometriosis and ovarian cysts, why did they have to remove yours? Are you on hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? I'm on the Vivelle-dot patch for HRT. It's helping with my menopause symptoms. I was scared too, but now that I'm on meds and know about breast cancer and osteoporosis, I'm more aware of what I need to do for my health and most importantly how to advocate for myself.
How are you feeling now?

February 18, 2011 - 3:52pm

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