Women's Health

The 7 Biggest Ovarian Cancer Myths

Removing your ovaries prevents ovarian cancer

Removing your ovaries prevents ovarian cancer

If the cancer is called ovarian cancer, surely removing your ovaries would solve the problem entirely. However, this is also a misconception. Ovarian cancer can originate in ovaries, but can also originate in the fallopian tubes as well. Removing the ovaries will reduce ovarian cancer risk, but will not get rid of it completely. You can remove both the ovaries and the fallopian tubes, but that comes with its own share of risks. Removing your ovaries and fallopian tubes can lead to premature menopause, osteoporosis, and things like vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Women who have this procedure are also still susceptible to peritoneal carcinoma, a different but practically identical cancer to ovarian cancer. So, while this procedure can help prevent ovarian cancer, it should only be done if you are especially at risk and after much consultation with your doctor.