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My situation is that 24 years ago at age 24 it was discovered that I had dermoid cysts on my ovaries. One was 16.5x12cm and the other 9x6cm. I had all my right ovary removed and practically all the left. I was told that I would never have children and was put on HRT immediately. I attended a fertility clinic 6 months after the surgery and was advised to come off the HRT for a a short period to see if I had any ovarian function. I started having periods naturally and was told that there may be a small possibilty I could have kids. Thankfully, I went on to have 2 children and periods for 14 years. However I went into early menopause at age 39. Now my worst nightmare has come true. My 21 year old daughter has just discovered that she now has dermoid cysts. Her ultrasound advises that one is 11x9cm and that she has whats known as a simple cyst measuring 6x4cm on her right ovary which can either be removed or drained. I just cannot believe that this is happening again. She has been advised that she she is now to have an MRI scan and then we have to meet to discuss surgery. Obviously I am so worried that she may end up losing all her ovaries at such a young age. We were told that they can't really tell for sure until they have a look inside but the MRI should give a better indication. They have also said that keyhole surgery is unlikely given the size of one of the cysts. I just wondered if anyone could please advise me what type of surgery they had for cysts of a similar size? Also could anyone advise me if they told you how they were able to preserve your ovary if the size of the cyst was large? I just would like as much information as I can get before we speak to the surgeon. We live in Northern Ireland and I want to be sure that we are doing all we can in terms of best surgery. I am so scared of what the outcome of this will be. I would be so grateful if anyone could get back to me. Any advice would be appreciated
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