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Removal of one ovary and uterus
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Removal of one ovary and uterus

I will be having my uterus removed and a cyst on my right ovary. My question is: Is it better to remove the cyst only or to remove one or both ovaries? I am 37 with 2 kids. My partner and I have agreed that we are happy with our family size the way it is. My biggest concern if I decide to remove both of the ovaries is loss of my sex drive. On a side note my father's mother had ovarian cancer. So I am a bit scared that may happen to me as well. I am supposed to go back on Oct. 17 to schedule my surgery.
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HI,
At the age of 37 years one would usually advise ovarian conservation. But with history of ovarian cancer in the family, this may be too much of a risk. Hence removing the ovaries and HRT may be one option. Other option may be conserving the ovaries, but in this situation you must be ready for a lifelong follow up of the ovaries. This will be in the form of regular ultrasound scans and biochemical markers like CA 125. Consult your Doctor.
Hope this helps.
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I was 39 when diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.  I had 2 kids and was not worried about perserving my fertility nor was I worried about surgical menopause.  Menopause compared to cancer-wasn't worried about sweats, being moody or my sex drive, worry about -You first. Cancer, especially ovarian cancer is one scary cancer.

Best of Luck to you.
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