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I'm 41 and my periods are always painful. My gynecologist said that some small balls on my ovaries are causing this, and that they can be surgically removed but I would no longer have my period. I'm wondering, how will my body react if I do this surgery?
I’m sorry to hear that your periods have always been painful. I would have to see more details of your ultrasound or imaging results to be able to give more details but it sounds like you could have ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts can cause you to have more painful periods as well as make you feel more bloated and/or lower pelvic pressure. When the cyst’s diameter is larger than 2.5 cm it may be helpful to have them surgically removed which could help with period pain. You wouldn’t necessarily lose your period if your doctor is removing only the cysts, but I would review with your doctor to go over all your possible treatment options.