Hysterectomy due to ovarian cyst

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hi,

I just wondered if anyone knows the rationale for having a hysterectomy alongside cyst removal? My cyst was found by ultrasound on 18 January. At that point it was 28x24x20cms so already huge. They did bloods and an MRI and I had an urgent 'two week wait' referral to a gynaecologist. All came back ok although between the ultrasound and MRI it had grown some more in just 28 days. My op is scheduled for next week but having just attended my pre surgical assessment the nurse said my file had me down for a total hysterectomy and both ovaries removed. This is the first time this has been mentioned so I have requested and been offered an extra appointment with the Consultant later this week. I am a bit confused why they have decided on this course, and also why they didn't tell me. It was only the nurse mentioning it in passing which highlighted it.

has anyone had a similar experience? If it is purely precautionary should I argue against it? I am pre menopausal and do not want a surgical menopause as 

I understand the side effects can be quite severe and long lasting. Any advice much appreciated before I go to hospital on Thursday.

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    I had my ovaries removed in August because of a cyst. I wanted a hysterectomy also but my dr would not do it. If it helps I was put into surgical menopause as soon as my ovaries were removed and it has not been an issue at all. My only symptom is hot flashes at night. Hope this helps. 
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      Hi Sheri

      I am waiting for a date to have a dermoid cyst removed plus both ovaries. The surgeon said there was no point going in there and only removing the affected ovary as I'm 51 and perimenopausal. I was so relieved they were at last going to deal with it I agreed but now I am a bit worried about the surgical menopause. I have already been having hot flushes and appalling headaches though still have periods, and the thought of these getting worse overnight is tou. I think I will be pleading for HRT as soon as they let me have it! Are you managing without? I want to discuss with GP but can't even get an appointment with the ones I know, as they have changed to a sit and wait system. 

      Any advice welcome. 

      Thanks, Mary

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      Suso too was peri menopausal, because of the huge breast cancer risks they do not do HRT here over the age of 50. I have had no symptoms except hot flashes. I take over the counter black cohosh and that helps. I personally have never felt better, glad to get rid of the ovaries and tubes. I had a goodbye party for mine. I think attitude has a lot to do with it. Good luck with your surgery. Mine was a breeze, the worst part by far was the waiting before surgery.
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      they don't do HRT here due to the increased risk of breast cancer. I take calcium daily to minimize the risk of osteoporosis. I do not feel edgy, fat, tired or any other thing associated with menopause other than hot flashes at night
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    Having seen the consultant, she explained that I also have uterine fibroids as well as the giant cyst. There is no option but to remove both ovaries and tubes, and whilst she was not forcing a hysterectomy, she believed it was the right thing. Having talked it over I have consented to a subtotal hysterectomy. Although it means I will need ongoing smears the benefit is less blood loss and lower risk of bladder damage. I am satisfied with her advice. This time next week the surgery will be behind me thank goodness.
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