Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

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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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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