What is the Role of the Ovaries?
Sometimes both ovaries are removed when a woman hasn’t already reached menopause. She will abruptly experience premature menopause along with the menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness or decreased sex drive.
Women may opt to keep their ovaries if they have not gone through the menopause, so as to preserve their natural source of hormones. These hormones, including oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are important in reducing the risk of heart disease. Additionally, they help prevent osteoporosis and play a role in maintaining sexual interest.
Some women who are at low risk of ovarian cancer may prefer the option to keep the ovaries and removing the fallopian tubes. This is because of the evidence that ovarian cancer often originates in the fallopian tube, rather than the ovary.
Postmenopausal women who are at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer are often advised to have their ovaries removed.
The pros and cons of removing or keeping ovaries is something you should discuss with your doctor. We will arrange the consultation.