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Removal of one ovary and uterus

I am 35 years old and have a history of endometriosis. My last surgery was September 13, laparoscopic robotic surgery . Four weeks later I had terrible pains in my lower abdomen and an Ultra Sound showed a 4cm cyst on my right ovary. Three weeks later my Ob/Gyn did another Ultra Sound and found the same cyst hadn't grown much, but there was now a cyst on my left ovary and traces of a "puddle" in my uterus which may or may not have been from another cyst. My Ob/Gyn suggested the removal of one ovary and my uterus to stop the pain and abnormal bleeding. I am done having children, but my concern is what will removing one ovary and my uterus do to my body? How long will I be in recovery? I also had a Transient Ischemic Attack two weeks ago. My doctors don't think there will be any problems because of the TIA, but that is my history. Does anyone have any answers?
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The main risk of having one ovary removed is that the other ovary will cease to function.  Usually, though, the other ovary will compensate for the lost one.  It sounds like you have a long history and that birth control isn't an option for you due to your stroke risk.  So, I would trust my doctor and follow the recommended treatment.  A 4cm cyst that doesn't go away on its own usually does require that the ovary is removed.  I went into complete surgical menopause at the age of 37 due to ovarian cancer.  So, I have not been able to take hormones either.  I do already have osteoporosis and some other issues, but overall, I am doing well.  It sure beats the alternative.  So, I think it is very likely your one ovary will function well enough for both.  It realy doesn't sound like you have any other better option than surgery.   Even if you end up in surgical menopause, you will make it through.  If is very tough when given a choice between not so good and worse. But, in my opinion, the best option is to remove the cyst.  Good luck in making your decision!  

Shelly :)
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Thank you for that information Shelly. It really helps to hear from someone who has gone through that same thing. My surgery is schedlued for Dec. 4 and all I can do is hope for the best and take it all as it comes. How was your recovery after surgery? Has much changed in your life due to the surgery?
Thanks again for answering my questions.
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Well, the surgery itself had a good recovery because they tend to give you meds that take away the pain.  But, the overall effect of surgical menopause has been tough for me.  If you can take hormones, then you won't have the same experience.  For me, the hot flashes were very intense and lasted a year and half.  I had severe vaginal dryness and loss of libido which is the most disturbing change.  I have been married for 15 years and this change is very unwelcome.  I do already ahve osteopenia per a DEXA scan even though I have taken calcium every single day.    I also just feel oder in general.  I do not feel the same as I did pre-surgery.  Everyone is different though.  Also, the medications you can take will affect how you feel.  I hope all works out well for you!!! :)

Best Wishes,

Shelly



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