For some women who have had painful diseases such as endometriosis, PCOS, or even cancer, they may have had to have their ovaries removed at a young age. But what if you still want to get pregnant? Can you even get pregnant? Thankfully, with medical advances in the realm of fertility, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), women without ovaries are able to become pregnant and carry babies to term. If you’re one of these women and you’re pregnant, you may be wondering, “How is pregnancy different if I’ve had my ovaries removed?”
How can someone get pregnant without ovaries? They produce your eggs, and are kind of important when it comes to making a baby, right? That’s where IVF can come in.
According to the Mayo Clinic, IVF is the process of collecting mature eggs from your ovaries, fertilizing them in a lab, and manually implanting them in your uterus. If you don’t have ovaries, you can still use this method of fertilization. Dr. Kurt Martinuzzi, OB-GYN at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, says you can either get eggs from a donor, which can be fertilized…
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