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Is weight gain common after having both ovaries removed?

Back 16 years ago I had a hysterotomy removing both my cervix and uterus.  Being that I was 30 the Dr. didn't want to take my ovaries at that time.  4 1/2 months ago I had both ovaries removed due to an abnormal cyst and I have since gained 20lbs, my mood is terrible (swinging from emotional to angry to just feeling hollow) and sex drive is non-existent.  

My eating habits haven't changed as I have had gastric sleeve and am limited to my intake of food. I had been maintaining my weight for the last 2 1/2-3 years. Now having the 20lbs show up so quickly and unexpectedly is leaving me discouraged.  

The Dr. put me on estrogen patches and has even upped the dose, but I still feel horrible and not right, not like myself.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?  I know moods and sex drive are common.... but weight gain was something that has me baffled.  
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Ovary removal slows your metabolism so it's common to gain weight. Also, the ovaries produce hormones besides estrogen such as various androgens especially testosterone which is important for maintaining muscle mass as well as metabolism. Unfortunately, gynecologists rarely tell women about the importance of the lifelong production of hormones from our ovaries.

My organs were needlessly removed when I was 49 and the symptoms were severe to the point I could barely function. However, I lost weight due to bowel problems caused by the surgery.
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