January 10, 2010 6:48 AM Subscribe
Had hysterectomy & one ovary removed - what to expect?
posted by pinkbungalow to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I had a large benign tumor on one ovary and a number of large fibroids causing my uterus to be uncomfortably enlarged with other side effects. Looked at all options and decided removal of ovary and hysterectomy leaving one ovary was best. I have asked my Dr. many questions - got answers but really would like to hear from women who have been through this since my male surgeon hasn't. I know YANMD, I have done other research, pretty sure I understand the basics.
Most specifically what differences I might notice related to hormones? Sex drive? Menopause? I have been told one single ovary kicks in and works full time to do the work the two did, still produces an egg every month etc. I am 45 - women in my family seem to have rough menopausal symptoms in their mid-50's.
My surgery was robotically assisted and the healing process has been pretty normal and at 3 weeks I am feeling pretty good, other than lifting, bending or twisting and stamina.
thanks in advance :-)