PCO symptoms, after hysterectomy oopherectomy

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Can you still retain symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Disease (acne, obesity, etc.) after hysterectomy, which confirmed multiple ovarian cysts on both ovaries? I cannot find information about treatment of symptoms for post hysterectomy.
Signed, PJ

Doctor's Answer

Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus. I believe you mean that the ovaries were removed (oopherectomy) in addition to the hysterectomy. Therefore, I think your question is whether oopherectomy can cure the symptoms from PCO (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)--a good question.

Although all of the factors involved in PCO are still being defined, it is clear that the ovaries are not the only cause of the symptoms from PCO. (You might think the name PCO is misleading if the ovaries are not the only malfunctioning organ). For example, changes in adrenal gland function are involved in PCO as well. Therefore, removal of the ovaries does not really cure the problem.

The treatment of symptoms of PCO after oopherectomy is similar to treatment before oopherectomy, meaning acne medications, exercise, consultation with a qualified dietician, and most importantly consultation with a physician on a regular basis regarding reducing heart disease risk association with PCO.

Thank you for your question.

Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR

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