Depression after removal of just one ovary (unilateral oophorectomy)
I had my left ovary removed April 29, had my first period May 25 post op and I am mid-cycle now.
I cannot stop crying. I had a 4-5 day build up of a bit of sensitivity that grew and grew. Last night I started crying and couldn't stop all day. If my cycle is normal, I should ovulate around Saturday so I know I'm not PMS-ing. I do not have a previous history of depression and due to the "uncontrollableness" of the crying, I feel this must be hormonally driven. My gyno says it would be abnormal.
Is there a hormone test that I could be given before I go get a prescription for an antidepressant? Do you ladies think it's more hormonally driven or maybe just the psychological effects of the stress of the surgery and other life events?
What you are experiencing is normal after this surgery. I went through it too. Surgery plus the stress of worrying about the possibility of cancer, etc. don't help but the main reason is that it can take a few months for the remaining ovary to kick in and until that happens you are very likely to go through intense peri-menopausal symptoms. Allow yourself to cry, continue to rest and relax and take it easy, and you will be back to normal soon. Just warn your friends and family :) If you aren't feeling better in a couple of months from now then take a look at the depression issue.
Gosh, I know exactly how you feel. I went to surgury for the removal of ONE ovary due to a teratoma and ended up with one and a HALF removed. I want more children and this has been soooo hard to me. I had surgery 2 years ago and have been TTC for about 2 and a half. I still cry and I'm still not over it (even now that I'm writing to you I'm crying). Maybe cause I haven't been able to get pregnant. I really hope the best to you and if you need a friend I'm here. Good Luck!!
Hi I sympathize with you as well, I am 21 and I had my right ovary removed july 2012 due to a large ovarian cyst. Ever since then I have not felt the same, perhaps it was the stress of losing my ovary when I desperately want children but I now suffer from severe depression- I cry incessantly and with no reason. I am still not sure as to what to do as it comes and goes with seasons, I do hate these ovarian cysts. I do know of a woman how had one and 3/4 ovaries removed and had her FIVE children afterwards, so pretty_woman I do hope all is going well with you i know I am late on this feed.
I am 13 days post op.I'm 43 and I had my left ovary removed. For the past three days I have been experiencing feelings of panic, emptiness and being tearful intermittently. I feel tired frustrated and I'm wondering what the he'll is going on! Is this normal?
All replies appreciated. Thank you.
I am sorry to hear your ovary was removed. Did you have a large cyst? Unfortunately, removal of any part of the "reproductive" system can disrupt natural hormone production, either temporarily or permanently. It can even hasten the onset of perimenopause or menopause. Your symptoms are indicative of hormonal "upset." Hopefully, this is temporary.
Keep us posted as you recover from this surgery. I hope to hear that everything is soon back to normal including your menstrual cycle / hormones.
I had my left ovary removed in May of this year. Couple of months i have been okay, but mostly i just cry for no reason. No energy just a tired blob. My boyfriend doesn't understand...hard to explain to men.. I wanted to try the natural effect with evening primrose oil. But i dont think it is helping. I think having that procedure puts you into pre menopausal.
I am sorry to hear your ovary was removed and you are suffering. Hopefully, your other ovary will "get the message" and take over. If that does not happen soon, you may want to see your doctor since early menopause is associated with a number of increased health risks. Taking hormones can mitigate some of these risks as well as ease the symptoms.
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