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Weight gain from ovary removal

I'm 26, active and 115lbs - I had a large dermoid cyst that caused torsion and the removal of one ovary. I have recovered well. It's been a little over two months. I have gained 6 pounds which is a lot for me because I don't fluctuate weight by more than 2 lbs normally. I feel very hormonal and emotional - just all together off balance. My obgyn suggested Nuva ring to preserve my remaining ovary. Normally I don't take birth control because it makes me crazy. But I'm considering this because I'm hoping the added estrogen might even me out? Just wondering if birth control could help my body regain normalcy? I can't keep up being on a hormonal roller coaster and eating everything in sight.
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Welcome to the community. I am sorry to hear you lost your ovary. The other ovary oftentimes makes up for the one removed but not always. And sometimes it just takes some time for the remaining ovary to figure it all out. Since it's only been two months, your body may still level out on its own. If it doesn't, you could try some birth control but it can take some trial and error to find the one that works best for you.

I hope you get some normalcy back soon! Keep us posted on how you're doing.
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I am a 58 years old postmenapausal woman. I had 2 c sections and then a laparoscopic partial hysterectomy at 42. I have always been slim and petit and in shape. I had two cysts and gained unexpected and unexplainable weight after my bilateral salpingo oophorectomy on June 9th,2015 --I feel miserable! I am hoping you are right about our bodies still leveling out on their own. I want to feel normal!!! You give me hope!!!!!
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I am sorry to hear that both of your ovaries were removed. Your situation is different from the original poster, Jenny. She still has one ovary which is probably producing hormones. Your body no longer has the many health and quality of life benefits of ovarian hormones. This predisposes you to quite a few health risks such as heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia, mood disorders, poor sleep quality, vision changes, skin changes, etc. The studies are out there if you do a search for "pubmed bilateral oophorectomy long term health." Unfortunately, doctors remove women's ovaries at alarming rates despite studies showing that they produce hormones our whole lives.

Have you been offered or considered taking hormones?

My organs were also removed and I am not sure I could function without them.
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