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I have a friend who a couple of years ago had an ovary removed due to a cyst growth. She is recently been trying to conceive but so far has had no luck and is getting depressed about the whole thing.<br><br>
I guess my question is does having only one ovary affect ovulation/conception severely? Or maybe it is other factors and not this? She believes it is due to the operation but I would like some opinions and maybe any research ppl can point to regarding this subject.<br><br>
I feel bad for her and want to help with any research I can show her. Any helpful comments would be appreciated.
 

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Hi, I don't personally have experience with this, but wanted to share about my ex-SIL. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 21, had an ovary removed, followed by chemo. I think she felt so lucky to have survived this, and so didn't give much thought to being told her chances of being a mother were greatly reduced. She got married, and she and her DH never really gave it a thought, but didn't use protection either. She got pregnant, and had a beautiful daughter. Being a Mom agreed with her, so she and DH tried this time to conceive a sibling for DD, and wanted their kids to be about 2 yrs apart. They ended up being closer to 3 yrs apart, but they did end up having a son.<br><br>
So - the 1st PG was unplanned, but the 2nd was planned, and took a little longer than hoped for, but really not that much longer! I wish your friend all the best!!
 

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Does she have PCOS? If that is the case then yes it is harder to conceive as she probably does not ovulate often...then only having one ovary she would might only ovulate half the the time.<br><br>
She should pick up a copy of Taking Charge of your Fertility and start charting. That can give some answers as to what is going on and if she's even ovulating.
 

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No she has not been diagnosed with PCOS. From what I understand the cyst she had grew on or very near the ovary and had gotten so big they had to remove the entire ovary. Her menstrual periods have been regular ever since it happened.<br><br>
I just think she probably needs some more time, she has been trying for almost 6 months. I told her to give it another 6 months and then see what her gynecologist recommends as far as possible treatments or needing to see a specialist.<br><br>
It is just hard to tell her that when she has her heart set on a child right now.<br><br>
And yes, I told her to start monitoring her ovulation so she can keep better track.
 

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I had a five pound cyst removed. The DRs had to remove my ovary too. They told me I may not be able to have kids. They said they couldn't say if the remaining ovary functioned properly. At the time I was 14 so I really didn't care. I got preg at 21, 23 and 25. So no problems there. I am trying now in my mid-thirties and it is taking awhile. The Dr doesn't think it is my ovary though.<br>
Hope it works out for her soon.
 
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