Should a Woman’s Ovaries Be Removed During a Hysterectomy for Noncancerous Disease?

Dr. Matthews emphasizes the difficult choice women must often make.

Should a Woman’s Ovaries Be Removed During a Hysterectomy for Noncancerous Disease?

New Rochelle, NY, July 25, 2013—While ovary removal during hysterectomy protects against future risk of ovarian cancer, the decision to conserve the ovaries and the hormones they produce may have advantages for preventing heart disease, hip fracture, sexual dysfunction, and cognitive decline. Other than a woman’s cancer risk, the most important factor that should determine ovarian conservation vs. removal is her age—whether she is older or younger than 50—according to a Review article published inJournal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

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