Q. Several years ago I had an ovary removed because of a benign cyst. Now I’d like to start trying to get pregnant. Is it going to be harder to conceive with just one ovary?
A. For women who have one normal ovary and fallopian tube, it usually will not be harder to conceive. However, having one ovary does reduce the number of eggs available to conceive, so the normal age-related decline in fertility might be accelerated. In addition, although it’s unlikely, the surgery to remove one ovary might have led to scar tissue in the region of the other, healthy ovary. If so, that scar tissue could interfere with conception.