How is a woman’s hormonal state different if one or both ovaries are removed?

By removing the ovaries, you are removing the production centers for estrogen and progesterone, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

If only one ovary is removed, the remaining ovary will compensate for the one that was removed, according to PHS physicians. In most cases, women who have only one ovary still have normal menstrual cycles, can still become pregnant, and do not experience any symptoms of hormonal changes.

If both of the ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy, a woman will immediately experience menopause, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Menopause occurs because without any ovaries, the body no longer has estrogen or progesterone. Menopause can cause symptoms including hot flashes, moodiness, slowed metabolism, and vaginal dryness, according to the ACOG.

For more information about what happens to a woman’s hormonal state when one or both ovaries are removed, talk with your doctor.

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