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Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, estrogen and ...Read more


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44 years old...hysterectomy leaving one ovary 3 yrs ago. Blood test showed estrogen at 708.6 and progesterone at 0.5. I am worried something is wrong

44 years old...hysterectomy leaving one ovary 3 yrs ago. Blood test showed estrogen at 708.6 and progesterone at 0.5. I am worried something is wrong

Normal levels: Just because you have no uterus only one ovary does not mean that you do not continue to cycle and to ovulate. These levels are normal a little before ovulation. The usefulness of checking these levels in the first place is questionable. ...Read more

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70 yr woman who had hysterectomy with removal of ovaries & uterus, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, liver enlarged+abd ascites. CA125= 341.Why?

70 yr woman who had hysterectomy with removal of ovaries & uterus, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, liver enlarged+abd ascites. CA125= 341.Why?

No explanation: One reason that CA125 is such a poor cancer screen is that a great many healthy people run relatively high levels for no apparent reason.. IThe key is managing her underlying illness if at all possible. I trust that cause has been found and is not tumor. ...Read more

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Why would the doctor leave the ovaries behind during a hysterectomy?

Age usually: Other than patient preference for leaving them in, age is the usual reason. Taking healthy ovaries out of a young woman gives her instant and usually very symptomatic menopause.

Bottom line - need to have a long talk with your obgyn before making this decision. ...Read more

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In a total hysterectomy is it better to remove everything (including the ovaries) or to leave them?

In a total hysterectomy is it better to remove everything (including the ovaries) or to leave them?

Depends: For most postmenopausal women, leaving the ovaries provides few benefits and removing them substantially reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. In premenopausal women, it is important to weight the risks of a premature menopause such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and menopausal sxs, against the benefits of a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Each woman should carefully weigh the issues. ...Read more

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Am now 38. What should I expect after the abdominal hysterectomy if they leave my ovaries?

No periods: The main advantage to leaving the ovaries is to preserve the hormonal environment. Besides not having menstrual bleeding, things should pretty much stay the same. There may be some differences related to sexual function, some women experience orgasms differently after a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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I have a degenerating corpus luteum cyst on ovary is this ok like not a bad one to have im 44 and have had a hysterectomy just leaving my ovarys?

I have a degenerating corpus luteum cyst on ovary is this ok like not a bad one to have im 44 and have had a hysterectomy just leaving my ovarys?

It's normal: A degenerating corpus luteum is always okay if you are still cycling; it simply means you ovulated some time before. You will continue to have CL with each cycle until menopause. ...Read more

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When doing a total abdominal hysterectomy, do they take out or leave in your ovaries?

When doing a total abdominal hysterectomy, do they take out or leave in your ovaries?

DEPENDS: On what you want, how old you are, what reason they are doing the surgery for and what they find once they are doing the surgery. I always fully explain the pros and cons of leaving the ovaries in or out and then my patient will decide what she wants and I try to honor that depending on the circnmstances once I see the ovaries. Your doctor should fully discuss this with you before hand! ...Read more

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Had a hysterectomy two years ago and they left one ovary which seems to keep developing painful cysts. Tried removing ovary but its attached to my bow?

Had a hysterectomy two years ago and they left one ovary which seems to keep developing painful cysts. Tried removing ovary but its attached to my bow?

Adhesions: It sounds like you may have developed adhesions. Adhesions are similar to scar tissue within the body, which can make future surgery around the area very difficult. You might consider seeing your doctor to determine if there is any other medical way to treat your ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy. Have one ovary left. 43 years old. Do I need to go trough HRT?

Had hysterectomy. Have one ovary left. 43 years old. Do I need to go trough HRT?

No, not necessarily.: If you don't have symptoms of hormone loss/imbalance (hot flashes, low mood, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, insomnia, foggy brain, low libido) then your remaining ovary is probably producing enough for now.

However, if you do have these symptoms then you might need HRT.

If you're unsure then the best way to tell is to test all the hormone levels. ...Read more

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In reference to a laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometriosis issues, would it be better to keep one ovary, if possible?

In reference to a laparoscopic hysterectomy for endometriosis issues, would it be better to keep one ovary, if possible?

Depends on age: Leaving one ovary means you will likely still have pain in 6-12 months post op, though you won't have periods and doing the hyst and one side debulks the endometriosis. Over age 40 I suggest both sides come out. Over 35 I tend to make all of mine aware of the recurrence of pain. Under 35 there is some benefit to keeping an ovary for prevention though 50% fail in 2 years and you get menopause. ...Read more

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Had my 1st ever migraine. 43 years old. Had a hysterectomy 30 days ago. One ovary left. Could those two be possibly related?

Had my 1st ever migraine. 43 years old. Had a hysterectomy 30 days ago. One ovary left. Could those two be possibly related?

Yes: Estrogen level may have dropped despite having one intact ovary. See GYN doctor. If this is not the reason, have a good neuro assessment done along with a CT scan. I agree it’s unusual to start having migraines at this age. ...Read more

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I am 44 had hysterectomy 3 years ago left one ovary. Blood work showed my estrogen to be 708.6. I am worried.?

Premenopausal E2: No worries. You are normal. It depends on what point in your cycle. You are just premenopausal female. The lone ovary ...Read more

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Partial hysterectomy in 2003, right ovary removed in 2012, and left one done on december 31, 2012 when is the swelling gonna go down.?

Partial hysterectomy in 2003, right ovary removed in 2012, and left one done on december 31, 2012 when is the swelling gonna go down.?

4-6 weeks: Depending on the kind of incision that was made to perform your surgery, the swelling can decrease at varying intervals. However, typically sweeling is reduced by 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Having vaginal dryness a lot. Had hysterectomy with one ovary left in 93 was told that I did not have to have paps concerned in georgia?

Having vaginal dryness a lot. Had hysterectomy with one ovary left in 93 was told that I did not have to have paps concerned in georgia?

Should follow up: Pap smears are still recommended if only one ovary removed. Many excellent treatments for vaginal dryness are available. Please consult your health care professional. ...Read more

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High hormone levels 2 yrs ago. Hysterectomy last yr with 5.6 CM cyst ovary, left in 1 ovary. No one said stuff about hormones yrs ago. What to do?

Check with: Your doctor. Not sure what you're asking. It is impossible to evaluate this problem over the internet as we don't have adequate info. ...Read more

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Medically necessary hysterectomy (no cancer) with removal of one ovary what are common long term side effects and health concerns I should know about?

Medically necessary hysterectomy (no cancer) with removal of one ovary what are common long term side effects and health concerns I should know about?

See below: Please consult these three sites for information on this topic:
http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/805517
https://www. Verywell. Com/side-effects-and-risks-of-oophorectomy-3157255
http://www. Webmd. Com/women/guide/hysterectomy#3
Wish you good health
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Had lap hysterectomy done w only one ovary left bout 3 weeks ago? When is it k to have sex?

Had lap hysterectomy done w only one ovary left bout 3 weeks ago? When is it k to have sex?

It depends: As a former president once said, "it depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is." if you're just getting a little frisky, you're probably ok now but for penetration, you need to wait until you can't disrupt suture lines which is usually after six weeks. To be safe, ask your surgeon when s/he thinks it's ok! ...Read more

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Do you still need to see a gynecologist if you have had a partial hysterectomy with one remaining ovary?

Do you still need to see a gynecologist if you have had a partial hysterectomy with one remaining ovary?

Yes: A pelvic (bimanual) exam can elicit problems such as cysts or cancer with the remaining ovary as a first line of defense for the overall betterment of your gyn health. Moreover, a breast exam can also be done as you are approaching the age of 40 for required yearly mammography. ...Read more

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Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Not for wrinkles: The current recommendations are to use hormone replacement therapy for moderate to severe perimenopausal symptoms. Wrinkles (or fear of wrinkles) do not fall into that category. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes, you can.: Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing shooting vaginal pains for three days. I'm 64, radical hysterectomy in 1983, one ovary saved. Could this be an ovarian cyst?

I have been experiencing shooting vaginal pains for three days. I'm 64, radical hysterectomy in 1983, one ovary saved. Could this be an ovarian cyst?

Broad differential.: The differential diagnosis is broad. The cause of your pain could indeed be ovarian in etiology. However, it is not uncommon for other disease processes (such as kidney stones) to refer to groin area as well. More history, exam, and possible imaging studies may be needed to give you a good answer. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have pain scale about 8 out of 10, I've had a partial hysterectomy one ovary on right side left. The pain is where my leg joins at my groin when sit?

Get examined: You need to get examined by a GYN MD preferably the GYN surgeon who did your hysterectomy. He/she will be familiar with your pelvis and will know what is or is not normally present. Pelvic adhesions are a likely concern. ...Read more

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If my ovaries are both stuck to back of my uterus, is it possible to have a hysterectomy but save one ovary?

Possible: In most cases it is possible to save the ovary. Without knowing more though it would be difficult to answer. Your surgeon may not even be able to know for sure until he or she sees the ovaries during surgery. Certainly you should express your wishes and that discussion can occur during your preop visit. ...Read more

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Have large mass on uterus, small one on left ovary, does that mean I have to have a hysterectomy?

Have large mass on uterus, small one on left ovary, does that mean I have to have a hysterectomy?

Not necessarily.: Unless the masses are malignant (cancer) or are causing other problems that cannot be cured by removal of the masses alone. ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy in 2012. My doctor left one ovary which has cysts. I had one rupture earlier today. I am in severe pain and have nausea.

I had a total hysterectomy in 2012. My doctor left one ovary which has cysts. I had one rupture earlier today. I am in severe pain and have nausea.

A ruptured cyst: A ruptured cyst can cause a lot of pain by putting just a little blood in your abdomen. The pain then gradually resolve as the blood is absorbed. However, you can continue bleeding and the pain may even increase. In either case, you need to see your GYN to evaluate the situation and help with pain control. The GYN can also discuss with you ways to keep this from happening again. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should a female take both androgen and Premarin medication if she still have one ovary left I am a 60 year old female already had a hysterectomy, still have one ovary. My doctor put me on both androgen and Premarin medication now I have a tumor with cexes

Should a female take both androgen and Premarin medication if she still have one ovary left I am a 60 year old female already had a hysterectomy, still have one ovary. My doctor put me on both androgen and Premarin medication now I have a tumor with cexes

I: I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. Many women are treated with hormones after they have a hysterectomy, to avoid the symptoms that can occur when hormone levels change. It is not clear to me if you have already had surgery on your ovary tumor. They can often do studies on the tumor to help determine the exact type and best how to treat it. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Why does a gyn do a pap smear when a person had a total hysterectomy (cervix & ovaries also) I had one done & the results are abnormal sil?

Papsmears, hysterec: After a partial hysterectomy when the uterus is removed ; the neck of the uterus (cervix) remains u will need to continue pap smears. After a total hysterectomy when both the uterus and cervix are removed for a cancerous or precancerous condition, regular pap smears remain important. U can stop having pap smears, after a total hysterectomy for non cancerous condition. If u have lgsil, follow up. ...Read more

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MRI (for other purpose) found 3 cm. Ovarian cyst. Post-menopausal, hysterectomy/one ovary. Wasn't felt 4 months ago at gyn exam. Expect follow-up?

MRI (for other purpose) found 3 cm. Ovarian cyst. Post-menopausal, hysterectomy/one ovary. Wasn't felt 4 months ago at gyn exam. Expect follow-up?

Very likely benign: If a pelvic sonogram confirms that your 3 cm ovarian cyst has thin walls, clear fluid, no septation and normal blood flow, it is most probably benign. If you have a personal history or a family history of breast-colon-endometrial-thyroid tumors, have never been pregnant, never used oral contraceptives, have symptoms and risk factors for ovarian tumors...consult a Gyn oncologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Having pain in left breast. Had hysterectomy 3 months ago. One ovary left. Have an app. Next month for my 6 months mammogram and ultrasound check up?

Having pain in left breast. Had hysterectomy 3 months ago. One ovary left. Have an app. Next month for my 6 months mammogram and ultrasound check up?

If you are: Having a new breast symptom, see your doctor for an evaluation. Why are you having 6 month mammogram/ultrasound checkups? Are you at increased risk for breast cancer? ...Read more

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Hormone blood work. Hysterectomy. One ovary left 25.1 estradiol 0.2 progesterone 19.7 LH 53.3 FSH Does this mean I need to take hormones?

Hormone blood work. Hysterectomy. One ovary left 25.1 estradiol 0.2 progesterone 19.7 LH 53.3 FSH Does this mean I need to take hormones?

Menopause: Although I am unable to give an absolute answer without the range of the lab involved, these numbers suggest you are not in the menopause and therefore do not require hormone replacement. Furthermore, if you are asymptotic you do not require medication. The true issue is what is bothering you? Hope this helps. DrG ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy 7 years ago. I am 42 years old. I am having night sweats and trouble sleeping. Do I need hormone replacement? I have one ovary.

I had a hysterectomy 7 years ago. I am 42 years old. I am having night sweats and trouble sleeping. Do I need hormone replacement? I have one ovary.

Possibly: Go and see an ob/gyn doctor. Without a full history and physical exam and possible some lab tests, trying to make a diagnosis would only be guessing. Please go and get better soon. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy one week ago everything gone cervix uterus ect only thing left was my ovaries. Is it safe to have anal sex? Pls advise.

I had a hysterectomy one week ago everything gone cervix uterus ect only thing left was my ovaries. Is it safe to have anal sex? Pls advise.

No: Internally you are still healing and you would be risking disrupting that process, particularly just a week postop. Wait at least 4 weeks, preferably 6. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more