Angelina Jolie Announces That She's Removed Her Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes in a New Op-Ed

"I had been planning this for some time."

Angelina Jolie
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Just two years ago, Angelina Jolie openly shared her harrowing journey of undergoing a voluntary double mastectomy (opens in new tab) in the hopes that it would help other women going through—or considering—the same thing. A test had revealed that she carried a mutated gene that put her at 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, and Jolie had already lost her grandmother, aunt, and mother to the disease.

But now, the mom of six has undergone another surgery: the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries, which she has written about for The New York Times (opens in new tab).

Speaking candidly about the decision, the actress shares: "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."

Last week, she underwent the procedure, but urged women to understand their own health and health risks—especially those with the same condition as her. "There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally," she writes.

The mother and wife, who lost her own mother at the age of 37, is hoping to spread the message that you alone have control over your body and health.

"Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause. 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."

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Watch Angelina Jolie Give a Moving Speech About Sexual Violence (opens in new tab)

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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.