The 39-year-old said that her mother Marcheline Bertrand died when she was 49 and wanted to take the action now. Her operation now has put her into forced menopause, reports mirror.co.uk.
The mother of six said that she had been planning the preventative surgery for a while but two weeks ago she was told by her doctor that there were a “number of inflammatory markers that are elevated”.
The doctor also said that it could be a sign of early cancer.
Hence after calling actor-husband Brad Pitt, who was in France at the time, she got the diagnosis and underwent the procedure called laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Jolie said she took the heart-wrenching decision so she “could see her grandchildren grow up”.
Writing in the New York Times magazine, Jolie said: “ ‘Your CA-125 is normal,’ he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.”
“But that wasn’t all. He went on. ‘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. 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.”