No ovaries, now what?
January 14, 2008 7:50 AM Subscribe
I recently had an operation to remove my remaining ovary. I just turned 40 and am now on hormones. What should I expect?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
About 7 years ago, I had surgery to remove a twisted ovary. This past week, I had the same procedure to remove the other one. Now that I am ovary-less, the doc put me on hormones and I'm wondering what will happen.
Some background: I've never had any PMS issues; in fact, I didn't have a cramp until my 30s and thought other women were making stuff up or being dramatic about weight gain, mood swings, etc. (Sorry, ladies, I had no frame of reference.) My periods have been like clockwork, 28 days apart every month. I have heard that women who don't have PMS have an easier menopause (hoping this is more than wishful thinking).
My questions: will I immediately start looking old? (I know this is superficial but, hey, that's why I'm posting anonymously.) Or maybe better since I've only had one ovary/half the hormones for a while? What about hot flashes? Other menopausey things I need to know? Sex? Bones? If I get symptoms, how long will they take to manifest? I've been on the estrogen for a week now and don't feel a bit different.
FWIW, I never planned to have kids so I'm OK with that aspect. If I ever get the itch, I'll adopt one of the many who are waiting. I bring this up to avoid any consoling comments on not being able to conceive.
I know that YANAD and YANMD. I'm interested in hearing personal stories from women who have had the same experience. If you'd like to respond privately, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your help.