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Both ovaries?

I am 27 yrs old, and have no children.  A recent ultra sound discovered a large (11cm) cyst on my left ovary, and one about half the size on my rite ovary.  The Dr said my left one will have to come out, and he cannot grantee that he will be able to remove the right cyst without damaging the ovary.  

Obviously myself, and my husband whish to have children.  we have explored egg retrieval, but its costly, and has a love success rate.  Anyone else in similar shoes?  
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I do hope they can save at least the one ovary for you.  They do make every attempt to save ovaries for women that want children and sometimes even a partial ovary can do the job of a full ovary.  They are just preparing you for the possibility of the second ovary being lost because they do not know the extent of the damage (if any) caused by the cyst or by the surgery itself.  Many women have had cysts removed and had the ovary survive the procedure and went on to have their own children.  

It is impossible to have your own children with no ovaries unless they are from your harvested eggs.  Some women have had children using donor eggs, but they are not eggs of your own genetics. I would think harvested eggs and donor eggs have the same chance of success, and if one has a choice, it's best to try with your own eggs.  I don't know what these things cost but anything other than natural conception means paying the price of fertility doctors and procedures. I imagine it must be really expensive and with no guarantees (although there are plenty of success stories out there).

Loss of both ovaries also means menopause at a young age unless HRT is used.  I don't know how skilled your doctor is as a surgeon, but you really need the best you can find so that you increase your chances of saving an ovary.  If the one cyst is half of the other (5.5 cm approx.) it could be small enough to not have done considerable damage.  If it is fluid filled, the doctor may be able to just drain it.  I've heard of this being done in the past but sometimes those cysts redevelop over time.  If you do get to retain an ovary, then do not wait too long after you are sufficiently recovered to start trying for a baby.

Do you know what type of cysts you have?  What type of surgery is planned?  Laparoscopy?  Laparotomy?

I am so sorry.  This must be a very upsetting situation for you.  I hope you have an excellent doctor that you like and trust because that makes all the difference.
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Thanks for taking the time to respond.  We have looked into harvesting my eggs.  It is about 12K per retrival.  They said that with a woman my age they can get about 12 eggs.  With 12 eggs you have a 50% chance of having one baby.

My Dr thinks the cyst is a germoid, he said it is hard not fluid filled.  It will be done via Laparotomy becuase of the size of the cyst.  I know there is a chance he can leave the right one, but not sure if we should spend the money for the harvesting just in case I come out with no ovaries.  
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Interestingly, I know quite a bit about the egg retrieval/harvest etc.  There is a site called IVF.ca that may be helpful with the questions about all that.  It's a Canadian site, so it won't help with costs necessarily, but it has lots of info from women going through it.  I live in Michigan, but sort of stumbled upon it.
As for your cysts, I am in the same boat.  I just posted my "saga"  a few minutes ago.  My question to you is, are you in a lot of pain?  My cyst is on my right ovary and it's 8 CM and it came on so suddenly (the pain) and lasted for 8 days, then subsided for 3 days and is now terrible again.  How soon is your surgery?  
If I were you, I would definately research harvesting, etc prior to surgery,but on the other hand, if you are like me, you want the pain to go away as soon ask possible!
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My pain is constant on the left side, but dull.  It hurts more during my cycle, and during intercourse.  The Dr called me today after reviewing my CT scan he now thinks its stage 3 endo.  The only way to determine what it truly is, is to have surgery.

We are consulting with a fertility specialist tomrorow .  
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I wish you luck with the specialist.  My pain is constant too, sometimes more painful then other times, like when i am on my feet all day at work.  I have only had intercourse a couple times since i was in the hospital, but it was sooooo painful afterwards.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo when I was 19.  We did try to get pregnant, without success.  We have two adopted children both from the US and both look like us, which is kind of funny!  We looked into surrogacy, but never worked for us.
Anyway, keep in touch and good luck to you.
By the way, did the dr say he could remove the cyst lapascopically?
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I am 27 yrs old, and have no children.  A recent ultra sound discovered a large (11cm) cyst on my left ovary, and one about half the size on my rite ovary.  The Dr said my left one will have to come out, and he cannot grantee that he will be able to remove the right cyst without damaging the ovary.  
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Maybe you could get a second or third opinion.
Why did you surgeon say the left ovary has to come out?
It does not make sense. Maybe your doctor just has no confidence.
I had bilateral dermoids, one 11cm, one 3cm. The both ovaries were saved.

However, speaking frankly, my doctor just talked about the possibilit of removing the ovaries, rather than having to remove the ovaries. But from this forum, I saw some women's doctors were mor confident to preserve the ovaries than my doctor. Your doctor seems less confident than my doctor.

You might consider changing a doctor.
I found that doctors are quite different. While now I reflect back, I guess female doctors may be more considerate than male doctors.
My doctor is male, and seems not to care about the patient's worries of losing the ovaries and fertilities at all.
If I were the doctor, I may provide the patient all kinds of possibilites and the alternative way such as egg freezing, and then let the patient to make her decision.
My doctor treasured his time and gave no information at all.












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