To Remove or Not to Remove the Ovaries? That is the Question
William Parker MD and Cathleen Rivera MD reported that removing the ovaries is detrimental to overall health and results in increased mortality. Dr. Parker followed 30,000 women for 24 years after their hysterectomy. Half had ovaries removed and half had ovaries preserved. The group with the ovaries removed had a higher all cause mortality rate, and therefore Dr. Parker recommended against removal.
Dr Parker also found that postoperative hormone replacement is very beneficial at reducing heart disease risk.
In a second study, Dr Cathleen Rivera followed 1,000 Pre-Menopausal women after hysterectomy, and found that removal of the ovaries resulted in a disturbing 84% increase in death from heart disease. However, if these women were given estrogen replacement after ovarian removal, they were protected with a 35% decrease in mortality from heart disease.
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Bioidentical Hormones After Hysterectomy
Jeffrey Dach MD