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Mgh90
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I’ve seen my consultant today they don’t know if it is ovarian cancer but have given me the choice of having a total hysterectomy or just one ovary removed.... Iam 29 I have no idea what to do 

Samantha - Macmillan

Hi Mgh90

Thanks for your post and welcome to the online community.

I can appreciate this must be a worrying time for you. It can be difficult to make a decision about which treatment to choose.

Both treatment options may affect your fertility and a hysterectomy would start an early menopause. There are ways of preserving your fertility. If your consultant hasn’t already discussed this with you it might be something to want to chat about before making your decision. You could be referred to a fertility specialist to discuss your options further.

The recovery from an abdominal hysterectomy is around 6-8 weeks, less if the surgery is laparoscopic or vaginal and if you opt to have the one ovary removed.  If you have surgery to remove both your ovaries, these hormonal changes will happen straight away. Menopause can be overwhelming. You could discuss with your consultant how you could best manage this.

It may not be until after your treatment has finished that you have the time and ability to process your feelings. It’s good to see you have joined our ovarian cancer group. Some people find reading and sharing experiences a great support. You may find Target Ovarian and British Infertility Counselling Association of some support too.

You can also give our Support Line a call on 0808-808-0000 and talk to one of our nurses. Our lines are open 7 days a week, from 8am till 8pm.

Samantha- Macmillan