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can you? what are the chances?
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redokami wrote:

what are the chances?


O, vary high
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So like, there's this thing called google...
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redokami wrote:

can you? what are the chances?


Please stop posting your requests for info in the General Discussion forum. I've moved this over to Advice, Info, Recommendations.

Yes. If you've got one ovary, you've still got an egg source, and therefore can still get pregnant, barring other fertility issues.
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Well played Ocale

Realistically, of course you can. It'd be half what the normal chances are I guess as I believe each ovary releases an egg in turn, so with only one the woman would have one egg available for fertilisation per 2 months.
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Ocale wrote:


redokami wrote:

what are the chances?


O, vary high


it took the other person saying well played for me to notice the pun lol
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CasualObserver wrote:

Well played Ocale

Realistically, of course you can. It'd be half what the normal chances are I guess as I believe each ovary releases an egg in turn, so with only one the woman would have one egg available for fertilisation per 2 months.


Actually, I just googled. Apparently it's also not uncommon for the one ovary to simply take over for the missing one, so in fact ovulating monthly from the one ovary can happen.
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lorreen wrote:

Actually, I just googled. Apparently it's also not uncommon for the one ovary to simply take over for the missing one, so in fact ovulating monthly from the one ovary can happen.

As I recall women have a finite number of eggs, so wouldn't a woman hit menopause years earlier than she would have otherwise in this case?
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YESS
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You can
It's just a little less likely, but you'd be surprised how hard your ovary will work to try to compensate for the one.
I'm missing an ovary and a fallopian tube.
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lorreen wrote:

Actually, I just googled. Apparently it's also not uncommon for the one ovary to simply take over for the missing one, so in fact ovulating monthly from the one ovary can happen.

As I recall women have a finite number of eggs, so wouldn't a woman hit menopause years earlier than she would have otherwise in this case?


Bzzzt. Wrong answer.
Apparently that information is the result of some dodgy scientific thinking from the 1950s.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/eggs-unlimited-an-extraordinary-tale-of-scientific-discovery-7624715.html
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lorreen wrote:


CasualObserver wrote:

Well played Ocale

Realistically, of course you can. It'd be half what the normal chances are I guess as I believe each ovary releases an egg in turn, so with only one the woman would have one egg available for fertilisation per 2 months.


Actually, I just googled. Apparently it's also not uncommon for the one ovary to simply take over for the missing one, so in fact ovulating monthly from the one ovary can happen.


so then what if you have PCOS as well???
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redokami wrote:


lorreen wrote:


CasualObserver wrote:

Well played Ocale

Realistically, of course you can. It'd be half what the normal chances are I guess as I believe each ovary releases an egg in turn, so with only one the woman would have one egg available for fertilisation per 2 months.


Actually, I just googled. Apparently it's also not uncommon for the one ovary to simply take over for the missing one, so in fact ovulating monthly from the one ovary can happen.


so then what if you have PCOS as well???


I am not an OB/Gyn doctor or medical professional of any sort. Googling to find some medical information sites regarding these conditions is probably your best bet.
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MidoriNoTora wrote:

Bzzzt. Wrong answer.
Apparently that information is the result of some dodgy scientific thinking from the 1950s.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/eggs-unlimited-an-extraordinary-tale-of-scientific-discovery-7624715.html

Interesting, although it's potentially a moot point:

"Tilly and Telfer both believe that the menopause may not be due to a shortage of egg cells per se, but a depletion of the cells within the ovary that are needed to support and nurture oocytes."

By working those support cells twice as hard within a single ovary they may be depleted more quickly, and thus result in an earlier menopause. I'm an engineer though, not a doctor, which is why I phrased my original comment as a question rather than a statement to begin with.

I prefer when things don't bleed on me while I'm disassembling them.

Edit: It looks like I may have been right. Most google sources seem to indicate that early menopause is a risk for women who have undergone a unilateral oophorectomy (yeesh, what a mouthful). So it would probably be a bad idea to delay having children until your 30s if this is the case for you.
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Of course yes. As long as you produce an egg, well biology makes it quite clear that you can get pregnant. In terms of chances, well it has to be less logically, beyond that beats me.
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Yes, just like how you still produce sperm with one testicle. They're essentially back up's, else you wouldn't need two.
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