Menopause With One Ovary

There are times when a woman will find herself in need of having an ovary removed. This removal can be caused by cancerous tumors in the ovary and other medical complications. The question a lot of women ask after the ovary is removed is, "What happens now?" A woman can be come especially concerned when menopause begins to set in.


The first thing a woman must remember is that nothing changes when the ovary is initially removed. Your body will still create the same amount of estrogen and progesterone. You also do not have to worry about your body entering menopause earlier than expected. Every woman is born with more than a lifetime worth of eggs in a single ovary.


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The only difference between a woman with one ovary and a woman with both ovaries is that the woman with one ovary may go through menopause sooner. According to Dr. Peter Kenemans at, "Early removal of one ovary or a substantial part of a functional ovary (e.g., by a large wedge resection) can provoke menopause by reducing the actual amount of follicles still present." You still still experience the same symptoms, but there is no other dramatic change.

Time Frame

Most women go through menopause around the age of 50. This is the average age of women to experience this change, but there is no the definite age for all women.


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A woman can often be afraid of menopause occurring and changing her. A woman with one ovary can be even more terrified of the changes that may happen. This is where a support group can come in handy. This support group could be your partner, your parents and your friends or a group that meets in your neighborhood. Talking about your fears and worries can help to reduce the amount of physical and mental stress you have built up.


Various symptoms that accompany menopause. The first signs that a woman will notice, which can happen years before the actual onset of menopause, are hot flashes. The skin will become red and hot to the touch. These hot flashes are known to disturb a woman while she sleeps. Osteoporosis is also a common sign of menopause. You will have to talk to your doctor about how to avoid permanent damage from this disease.