Helping you make the decision about risk-reducing ovarian surgery

Your Decision

Weighing it up

This exercise might help you to weigh up the facts that make you want / not want to have surgery. Simply read the statements and decide how much they make you want to have surgery or avoid surgery and then move the slider by dragging them to the left or right. If you are viewing this website using an iPad, simply touch the slider, then touch the point on the scale where you would like the slider to jump to. The scales at the end will show where you stand with your decision.

Makes me want to HAVE surgery
Does not come into my decision
Makes me want to AVOID surgery
Reasons for surgery
Reasons against surgery

The scales show the weight you have given to facts for and against surgery. Mouse over the weights to see which fact they represent.

Your leaning

The scale tips down on the left

Overall your answers show that at this moment in time you are leaning towards having the surgery. Even though you may have some reasons why you would want to avoid surgery, they are not as important to you as the reasons that make you want surgery. Therefore you could now make an appointment to discuss this decision with your doctor and go through any concerns you might have.

The scale is balanced

Overall your answers show that at this moment you are completely undecided about whether or not to have surgery. Your reasons for why you would want to have and why you would want to avoid surgery balance each other out. Therefore you may want to discuss your options further with your doctor/genetic counsellor.

The scale tips down on the right

Overall your answers show that at this moment in time you are leaning towards not having surgery. Even though you may have some reasons why you would want to have surgery, they are not as important to you as the reasons that make you want to avoid surgery. Therefore at this moment in time surgery is probably not the right option. However, keep in mind that things may change over time and that eventually you may lean more towards surgery. You can come back to OvDex and do this exercise again anytime to see whether anything has changed.

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How can I take my decision forward and how can I cope?

If you are considering surgery, the next step is to make an appointment with a health professional. This can be your GP, genetic counsellor or gynaecologic surgeon. With them, you can discuss surgery further and get answers to any additional questions, before booking an appointment with a hospital. You can also seek a second professional opinion at any time if you wish.

Preparing yourself for having surgery, both mentally and physically, can help to cope with the operation and with recovery time. It can also help to think about the support you do have and how different people might be able to help you. This can include simple things such as driving you to and from the hospital, helping you out with household chores or childcare issues right after surgery.

If you decide not to have surgery it might be helpful to speak to your GP and let them know about your risk. Some women also find it reassuring to have an action plan in case they feel like any symptoms develop. This can be a simple reminder, such as a plan to contact your doctor if symptoms last 2 weeks or longer.

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My plan

In the textfields below you can enter your own thoughts about what you have decided and what you are going to do next. At the end there is a printing option, so you can print a summary of the weighing exercise and your decision at this point.

My overall decision:

My action plan:

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