For one, degenerating fibroids can be quite painful. And having had UFE for all those fibroids, they are probably in the degeneration stage. Ovarian cysts can also cause pain. MOST cysts, even complex ones, are benign (non-cancerous). And most resolve on their own over time although not sure what percentage of complex cysts go away versus need surgical removal. It seems I read that ovarian torsion is typically not a concern until a cyst gets to be over about 7cm. So if yours is not particularly suspicious looking (based on certain traits) and you do not have a family history of ovarian cancer, they should be able to just monitor it. Unfortunately, many gynecologists are too quick to do surgery since that is how they make most of their money. And even more concerning is that there is a VERY HIGH RATE of unnecessary female organ removal (ovary/ies, uterus, tubes) when removal of just the growth is all that is warranted (cystectomy, myomectomy).
I had a 9.5cm complex ovarian cyst. A gynecologist who has good cystectomy skills and practices ethical medicine would most likely have removed just the cyst. Instead I lost ALL my sex organs - both ovaries, uterus, and tubes. I have aged horrifically fast and every aspect of my life has been negatively affected.
An INTACT woman's ovaries produce hormones into her 80's for good health. Studies show that removal of any part of the female sex organ / "reproductive" system can wreak havoc on the endocrine system which increases risk for a number of health issues as well as quality of life.
Hope this helps! Let us know what more you find out and how you are doing.
Thank you so much for your response. The doctors office called today and said "you need a hysterectomy" so you are right about how quickly they jump to surgery. They gave me NO other explanations or options. I am sorry you are going through such a hard time with them taking your girly parts. Hugs to you and I will update you with what happens next ;)
I would also get a second opinion. I wished I had gotten a second opinion. It would have not changed my surgery but the doctor and hospital a chose were so much worse than another local hospital. Both were high ranking teaching hospitals. I ended up switching in the middle of chemo. The worse hospital was also more expensive. I never saw my doctor after my initial visit. Not the day of surgery or my six days in the hospital or during my chemo. I had no doctor only a nurse and interns. The doctor was not going to see me for six months. The care I got was awful. The surgery did go okay. They just did not care how sick I was.
I love my new doctor and hospital they take good care of me. I see a doctor all the time. I also like having
My main problem now is it ruined my sex life. It is hard on me and my husband. I could not have changed the surgery because I had cancer in 8 places. I just wish I had known. They do everything to try to help save men's sexuality with prostate surgery but they do not care about women.
I always get a second opinion for anything big now.
Yes, gynecologic surgery especially hysterectomy and oophorectomy are grossly overused and are very profitable. Yet only about 2% of them are done for a cancer diagnosis. The use of robotics (da Vinci) seems to be the latest marketing gimmick with promises of smaller incisions and shorter recoveries. But the after effects of hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy are long-term and progressive regardless of the method used.
The female sex organs have life long, non-reproductive functions. There is never a time when they are disposable. Of course, if a biopsy shows cancer, then that is different story. But very few women who lose organs have a gynecologic cancer since those cancers are rare as shown by U.S. government statistics on cancer.gov.