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Please help my friend keep her ovaries (re. post-menopausal cysts)
Hi everyone! As you will have gathered, I'm posting on behalf of a friend and would appreciate any helpful advice or recommendations to enable her to keep her ovaries.
Long story short: She's been hospitalised recently, in agony, due to ovarian torsion. Consequently, the doctors want to remove both her ovaries due to cysts. She's open to surgery but wants to keep her ovaries. One reason for this is that they are part of the endocrine system and their removal significantly increases the chance of death by heart disease, which is in her family; ovarian cancer isn't. (She has a very low cancer risk.) They seem to ignore this, as though a woman couldn't possibly want or need her ovaries for anything other than baby making! (She's passed that time of life now.)
Can anyone recommend a good gynaecologist who would be prepared to perform a cystectomy on a post-menopausal woman and not insist on removing her ovaries 'just in case'? Many thanks.
There are plenty of gynaecologists - privately- who could help but can she pay if it was private?
You aren't quite right about the science on this. Yes the ovaries carry on working after menopause but only very slightly and she could use HRT which would replace them. She isn't at greater risk of heart disease post menopause without ovaries any more than any woman is post menopause.
Not sure what you mean by medical stats- research?
My understanding is that as women's risk of heart disease rises post menopause (no oestrogen produced, or rather very very little) having the ovaries removed at this stage poses no added risk.
If her ovaries are in a very poor state it may not be possible to remove multiple cysts. I don't know.
If they were removed, and she had symptoms, the answer would be to use HRT to replace the oestrogen.
I don't want to name names here but I suggest that you study the websites of two top London hospitals - Lister , Chelsea and King Edward 7 (where the Queen goes) look at the gynaes listed there, read their specialisms and see if there is someone she fancies seeing.
You will need...castor oil...organic...unbleached cotton i use a flannel...cling film...towel...heat pad or hot water bottle. Get comfy. Warm castor oil in pan and soak flannel or cloth. Place over ovaries...i would cover whole of lower abdo. Apply cling film and towel and pop on top heat and another towel. Reat for about 40 mins up to hour or longer. Do this for 3 days. Can keep flannel with oil wrapped in film and heat slowly in pan on subsequent packings adding a little more oil to the flannel. It is soooo relaxing. Would also keep well away from any soy products and eat as clean a diet as possible.