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Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries. What’s Next?

No more condoms for Brad Pitt because Angelina Jolie lost her eggs. A couple of years ago, Jolie discovered a genetic mutation that increases her odds of getting breast cancer by a lot. So, she underwent a double masectomy, removing both breasts and causing Brad Pitt great consternation. The operation lowered her chances of getting the cancer down to 8%.

Like the Lambada, Jolie wants those odds even lower. She recently wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times about how also took out her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Damn, this is like a negotiation with a used car salesman. “I’ll give you 8%”. “Can you go any lower?” “You drive a hard bargain, I’ll give you 3% but you’ll have to give me your fallopian tubes and ovaries.” “Deal.”

Jolie wrote (rather eloquently) about her decision-making and yea, it’s actually an honest read by a celebrity. None of that Hollywood facade.

I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause.

So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.

Jolie talked about her doctor giving her the disheartening news about her blood’s elevated protein markers (indicating higher chances of cancer):

“There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries.

The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.

Ahh, what matters the most. At that moment, Jolie announced Lara Croft 3.

The surgery brings on early menopause in Jolie. On the plus side, no more periods. Woo hoo?

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