Convincing my doctor to remove my ovaries... Any advice?

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I have a doctor appointment today with my gyn to discuss my options for my cyst. I'm not sure of size of quantity yet but I know it's big because I can feel it.

I've had cysts appear and disappear for 15 years but never before had symptoms to go along with them until this one. Over the last 6 months I've had all the symptoms and more! The thing is I've lost both my grandma (12 years ago) and my aunt (2 years ago) to ovarian cancer. I know I'm considered young to develop cancer however, I feel like why not just remove my ovaries... That way I can minimize the risk.

Any advice on how I can do that? My doctor is very conservative in the way of "unnecessary " tests so I'd imagine this request will be not accepted easily.

My appointment is in the afternoon and I'd really appreciate your help.

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    What type of cyst do you have? I had dermoid removed in May I am 32 and I was asking for a total hysterectomy I think the consultant thought I was barking as I was so worried it was cancer. He removed the cyst and all is well but I am like you I would rather be safe than sorry.
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      I've had multiple kinds. I find out today the details of this particular one. It feels different than the others. I'm not sure if it's because it's a different type or just larger.

      So they denied you the hysterectomy? Im glad to hear that you are fine. Keeping my fingers crossed that my doctor agrees with me.

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      Yes the consultant said no but just as well as everything was clear and I am now pregnant. If I have anymore issues in the future I certainly will be pushing for one. I hope you get some answers soon. You should also look into the genetic testing with your family history.
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      You need to ask for the BRCA gene test. This is the gene which can mean breast or ovarian cancer but not everone with the gene gets it. Depends if it's mutated I believe. If there are several women in your family who have had these cancers you should be able to get it done. Don't know about insurance is I'm in the UK. Worth asking your insurance company though! Best wishes, Ellie UK
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    I had my ovaries and tubes removed and it was the best decision I have ever made. My weight has gone done, no more bloating and no more surgery due to cyst. I have never felt better. The only negative is the hot flashes at night but those are easier to deal with then all the negatives of keeping my ovaries, good luck to you 
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