I was just diagnosed with an ovarian cyst called a benign cystic teratoma; apparently a teratoma is made up of leftover cells from when you were a developing fetus; later in life, they develop into these gross tumors that can include hair, bone and teeth (I know; bizarre. I actually had one of these removed from the inside of my skull when I was just two years old).
Doc says that while my cyst is unlikely to be cancerous, it must come out for two reasons: one, that until its sent to pathology one can never be SURE it isn't ovarian cancer, and two, the weight of the cyst can make the ovary droop and twist on its stalk, which creates all kinds of problems and can be a serious medical emergency.
So, she recommends having the ovary removed sometime during the next few months; I'm 39 and have already had my child, so fertility isn't an issue, and the little bit of research I've done supports that course of treatment. Funny, when I left the doc's office this morning I took it in stride and was feeling all 'no big deal...' but now I feel a little freaked out.
Doc says the loss of one ovary won't cause any side effects; is this true? Has anyone experienced having to have an ovary removed?
thanks in advance for your thoughts!