Question: I have an enlarged cyst on my only ovary. I had two cysts when I was in my late 20s early 30s and lost an ovary at that stage.
I’ve developed another large cyst on my remaining ovary which appears to be benign. It has to come out and the ovary with it which I understand. However, apparently I can keep my womb and my cervix and just have the cyst and ovary removed. The information I’ve looked at up to now has virtually all been in favour of keeping the cervix if possible, which I’d like to do. However, I’m less sure about keeping the womb intact when there are no functioning ovaries with it. Does the womb serve any other useful purpose without ovaries?
Our Answer: Our recommendation is always to keep it unless there is already a high risk of anything else developing in the future, ie if your mother had womb cancer for instance. To be honest, medical knowledge is expanding all the time and no one really knows whether the womb continues to serve a function after the menopause because the research is in it’s infancy.