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After a partital hysterectomy, can ovaries stop function?

After a partital hysterectomy, can ovaries stop function?

Ovarian function: If the ovaries left intact are normal, then they will continue to function normally after surgery. However the ovaries will undergo the natural changes of peri-menopause and menopause as the individual ages. ...Read more

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


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How can ovarian function be evaluated post hysterectomy uterus and cervix removed, ovaries retained?

How can ovarian function be evaluated post hysterectomy uterus and cervix removed, ovaries retained?

Ovarian function: Blood tests of ovarian hormone levels (estradiol and progesterone) are a good start. Doctors may also add FSH, LH, TSH, free T4, prolactin since these hormones can be related to menstral irregularity and ovarian dysfunction. ...Read more

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I may have to have a hysterectomy. Is there any advantage to keeping 1 ovary?

I may have to have a hysterectomy. Is there any advantage to keeping 1 ovary?

At age of 37 the: Advantage of keeping an ovary is that you will not go through menopause immediately after your surgery. If the hysterectomy is not for cancer treatment and you are not at high risk for ovarian cancer in the future, it may be better to keep the ovary so you do not experience premature menopause (usually women go through menopause around 52 yo). ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy in 2013 only leaving ovaries. This morning I'm developing bleeding is this normal?

I had a hysterectomy in 2013 only leaving ovaries. This morning I'm developing bleeding is this normal?

Not usual: It's not normal in the sense that you will no longer have period bleeding. Sometimes toss can happen if the cervix was not removed. I would follow up with your doctor for an exam ...Read more

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Cysts on ovaries after have a partial hysterectomy?

Cysts on ovaries after have a partial hysterectomy?

Ovarian cysts: Ovarian cysts can occur after hysterectomy if the ovaries are left in place as they can still ovulate and develop pathology. ...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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I'm 47 and getting a hysterectomy. Should I keep my ovaries?

I'm 47 and getting a hysterectomy. Should I keep my ovaries?

YES!!!: Studies shown that unless you have a VERY strong history of ovarian or breast cancer that leaving the ovaries in will prolong life significantly. Ovaries in the postmenopausal women make sm amts testosterone which is converted to estrogen peripherally and this helps protect against heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Ovarian cancer risk is 1/70, so much lower. Discuss your personal risk w/ DR ...Read more

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Am getting a hysterectomy, was wondering if I should keep my ovaries?

Depends: Given your age, I would strongly recommend you keep your ovaries unless you have some other risk factor such as strong family history of premenopausal ovarian cancer, condition such as severe endometriosis, or a personal history of some cancers. That's an important discussion to have with your surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the effects on mood of a hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind?

Minimal: Besides some emotional changes associated in some with surgery itself there are usually none. ...Read more

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Is ovary removal with hysterectomy at age 26 a possible consideration for me?

Is ovary removal with hysterectomy at age 26 a possible consideration for me?

Please discuss with: The doc who is going to do your surg under normal circumstances you would leave 1 or both ovaries in since u are so young, if there is something wrong with the ovaries or you had a very strong history of ovarian cancer or a history of frequent ruptured ovarian cysts then that would be indication to remove ovaries. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have menopause after a hysterectomy but still have 1 ovary and age 24?

Is it possible to have menopause after a hysterectomy but still have 1 ovary and age 24?

Yes: Although 1 ovary is usually able to function quite well and prevent early menopause, it is possible that it is has stopped functioning. If you are having menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, you should see your gynecologist who can order blood tests to check the amount of hormones you are making. ...Read more

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Should I worry about a single dominant 12mm follicle on my ovary and I've had a hysterectomy?

Should I worry about a single dominant 12mm follicle on my ovary and I've had a hysterectomy?

Worry not: Of course this deserves observation, follow up and to determine best course of action. But worrying is not the best way to go. See your dr for more details. Best of luck. ...Read more

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If ovaries are in good condition, is it necessary to take them out if a hysterectomy is required?

No: It is not required to remove the ovaries if they are normal. If you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer then it would be more recommended. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 57 years old and had a hysterectomy in 1990 and also had my left ovary removed.?

Menopause: At this age menopause is very possible. So one or two ovaries removed not going to make much difference.
If you do not have any symptoms, no specific treatment other than calcium/vit d supplements and others problems if any need to be addressed.
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What do you suggest if I'm 57 years old and had a hysterectomy in 1990 and also had my left ovary removed.?

Nothing.: Unless you are having problems with the remaining ovary you do not need anything done. We recommend removal of an ovary if their is a mass, pain or some other problem. A family history of ovarian cancer is also something that may prompt removal of ovaries. For more specific information see your gyn. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy two years ago. I still have my ovaries but I am still having pains. What could this be?

I had a hysterectomy two years ago. I still have my ovaries but I am still having pains. What could this be?

Unclear: If you had a hysterectomy because of pain, and the pain continued afterwards, it is possible that your pain was not due to your uterus. And, you should be evaluated for other causes of pain. If you are having persistent pain that began after your hysterectomy, you should have an evaluation by your gynecologist and a pelvic ultrasound to evaluate your ovaries. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy 11 years ago my ovaries were left do I still need any tests or scans as I haven't had any?

Depends: It really depends on why you had the hysterectomy. Only the physician who knows this information can answer this question accurately. ...Read more

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What is a hysterectomy? I heard about it a while ago and apparently it removes your ovaries? Why would someone need this?

Not the ovaries: The uterus is the "hyster" and "ectomy" means to remove. A complete hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, but most women think that complete means to take the ovaries as well. The ovary is the "oophor" and the tube is the "salpinx" so removing the tubes and ovaries with the uterus is a "hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy". ...Read more

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A co-worker told me that she doen't produce estrogen due to a hysterectomy with 1 ovary, my bc feed off estrogen can I get a hystro 2 help me?

A co-worker told me that she doen't produce estrogen due to a hysterectomy with 1 ovary, my bc feed off estrogen can I get a hystro 2 help me?

Estrogen who?: Hi I believe you are telling me you had breast cancer that has estrogen receptor positive. A hysterectomy is removal of the uterus which does not produce estrogen. Ovaries produce estrogen in declining amounts as we age. Tamoxifen is a drug that stops the effect of estrogen in the breast-but not always-there is a question about patients who don't respond to tamoxifen. See your oncologist-please. ...Read more

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Is something a woman can do or take when she has little to no interest in sex? She recently had a particial hysterectomy. She still has her ovaries.

Is something a woman can do or take when she has little to no interest in sex? She recently had a particial hysterectomy. She still has her ovaries.

Talk to husband: Most woman's sex drive is psycho-social. Distractions, stress, children, etc can hinder it. Husband's, sexual partners, need to overcome those distractions and use "romance" to supplant the distractions. Women can also increase their exercise to increase it- no too much else. Get an exam to be sure there are no metabolic problems. ...Read more

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I'm 32 years old and I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago I keep having cysts on my last remaining ovary. The pain is unbearable should I get it removed?

Cyst: You should know the reason before doing surgery.
Small 2-3 cm cysts appears in functioning ovaries every month and disappears with ovulation. These small cysts are not painful.
But there are larger and different cysts, like hemorrhagic, endometriosis that might be painful and needs to see your gyn for its management. ...Read more

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I had a full hysterectomy 3 years ago I've had fantom pains they come and go the last 3 months have been hell. My pain is my where my ovaries used b?

I had a full hysterectomy 3 years ago I've had fantom pains they come and go the last 3 months have been hell. My pain is my where my ovaries used b?

There are: Other reasons that you could have pain, so I would recommend having a pelvic exam to help determine whether this is gynecologic or some other cause. ...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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I'm 28 and getting ready to have both ovaries removed. I already had a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago. I'm nervous about the end results. And how it will affect my life?

I'm 28 and getting ready to have both ovaries removed. I already had a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago. I'm nervous about the end results. And how it will affect my life?

Ask your Gyn: Seriously! 25yo is young age for hysterectomy. So is 28yo for oopherectomy (removal of ovaries). You didn't state why initial surgery performed nor why this one is planned. You need to chat w/your Gyn or whoever is planning surgery. Ask why it's recommended. Ask what is desired outcome (surgical menopause +/- hormones). Ask about potential complications. Ask all your questions now b4 surgery. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy.. Kept ovaries.. Will I begin menopsuse sooner?

No: Your ovaries are the source of female hormones, so menopause will happen at a normal time for you. ...Read more

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What are the pro's and con's of getting a total hysterectomy (leaving ovaries in)?

What are the pro's and con's of getting a total hysterectomy (leaving ovaries in)?

Complicated issue: This is a fairly complicated topic that requires a long discussion that must be individualize from person to person. In general if there is nothing wrong with the ovaries and that was not the reason for hysterectomy then ovaries are left. This avoids the physical changes that the accompany surgical menopause ...Read more

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How can a "surgical hysterectomy" cause my anxiety if ovaries are left in?

???: What other kind of hysterectomy is there, other than surgical? I'm confused by your question...Sorry.

Can you clarify? ...Read more

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Hysterectomy (Definition)

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