Question for Betty.

When I was about 2 or 3 months old, I had a double hernia and lost one of my ovaries.  I also have been on birth control for the last 3 years.  Could this effect me and my husband trying to have a child in the future?  P.S.  After I had the surgery they told my mom that I only had a 75% chance of being able to have a child when I got older, but that was back in 1988.  I'm wondering if either of these things could harm me getting pregnant in the future?

Thank you

Betty's Answer.

These are great questions to be asking.  A good idea would be to talk to your health care provider or the SHCC about these questions.  It is possible that you may still have both your ovaries, you were very young when the procedure was done. 

In any case, after a oophorectomy (removal of an ovary), your body continues to make the same amount of estrogen. Ovulation (the monthly release of an egg from the ovary) will continue with the one ovary producing an egg each month.

If you choose to plan for pregnancy, and you try to conceive for 6 months to a year without success, consider checking in with your health care provider or a gynecologist to make sure your remaining ovary is functioning normally.

You may experience a delay in normal menstruation following discontinuation of oral contraceptives.  For women whose cycles were regular before oral contraceptive use, the delay will be brief and the first menstrual period should occur during the fifth week after the last tablet was taken.  Women who had irregular menses before they began oral contraceptives may have a delay of three months or longer before resuming their former menstrual patterns.

It is recommended that women delay conception from one to three months after discontinuing oral contraceptives.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact the SHCC for an appointment.