The procedure, called laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, was chosen based on family history of ovarian cancer. A small benign tumor was found on one ovary, and no other signs were discovered.
In Jolie’s family, her mother, grandmother, and aunt died from cancer.
“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause,” she noted. “I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”
Two years ago, Jolie underwent preventative double mastectomy following a blood test revealed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene known to cause breast cancer.
In the “Diary of a Surgery” op-ed, Jolie wrote that tests showed elevated risks for cancer, and that hastened the decision for surgery.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” she added.
Following the surgery, Jolie received a progesterone IUD to help maintain hormonal balance and prevent uterine cancer, she wrote.
The 39 year old Jolie and Brad Pitt have three biological children and adopted three children together.