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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 lane, Community Member, asks

Q: does having only one ovary cause early menopause

when i was 16 i had my left ovary an falopian tube removed , i still went on to have 3 heathly children , im now 32 an have been tryin nearly 12 months to conceivce again my youngest son is now 6 yrs old , my periods are still regular but for the past 6 months or so they or alot more heavey are lasting 4

0r 5 days instead of 2 to 3 days

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
5/27/10 10:19am

Hi, Lane,


Based on this information, you could be in early menopause. I'd suggest that you talk to your doctor to see what's going on health-wise.


Take care and keep us posted!



Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
5/27/10 3:27pm

Hi Lane,

It would certainly make sense that the loss of one ovary would relate to an earlier menopause.  Only one ovary producing means half the estrogen and half the eggs.  Also, the symptoms you describe fit with your suspicion.  The best way to know for sure is to have a full hormone panel done at your doctor's office, including estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone.  The tests need to be done twice, 1st half and 2nd half of your cycle.

Good luck to you,

Sandy Greenquist, CNM

Menopause Clinician

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By lane, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 05/26/10