Post # 1
I need some encouragement and some stories of hope right now.
Quick backstory, I have endometriosis and PCOS. Because of that, I was already told it could be hard for me and DH to concieve when we start TTC in a few years, but we were prepared for it. Well, this past weekend I had a large complex cyst that caused my ovary to twist around the fallopian tube 4 times. The doctor tried everything she could, but she wound up having to remove the whole ovary and tube through emergency surgery.
DH and I were given an hour warning before the surgery that she would probably have to remove the ovary, but she had no idea that the tube was involved as well. When she did the initial consult, she assured us that natural pregnancy is still an option, but that was with the tube remaining.
DH and I are both having a hard time adjusting to the fact that the ovary is gone and that it suddenly got even harder for us to have kids. There’s no conclusive results that the other ovary even works and we’re scared. Does anyone have any experience with this or know of anyone who has concieved with only one ovary and tube?
Post # 3
@hogoboom2012: My mom has one ovary and 4 kids! It can happen 🙂
Post # 4
@hogoboom2012: If the ovary is gone, having the tube gone too doesn’t make much of a difference. Usually if one ovary is removed, the other one takes over and starts ovulating every month. So you really shouldn’t have much of a drop in fertility at all (maybe a month or two for things to readjust). Women with one ovary go through menopause on average about two years early (so 49 instead of 51 years old). Otherwise, it really shouldn’t affect very much.
I know this is a big adjustment, but stay positive. Think of @harperlynn:‘s mom!
Post # 5
I too had the same procedure done a few years ago where I had to remove my left ovary.
After the procedure my cycles went back to normal and then they stoped. The other ovary had cysts developing and was preventing me from ovulating. I was told my by dr that ttc would be difficult for dh and I. When we were ready to start the dr put us on chlomid and on our second round we got our BFP!!!! I was the greatest news and the greatest shock to all of us.
This is just say that even with one ovary and it not functioning optimally we are expecting our little boy on sept 10. So hang on there. There is definitely hope.