Why would the doctor leave the ovaries after a hysterectomy?

Hugo D. Ribot Jr., MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
There is now a significant body of literature from the WHI (Women's Health Initiative) and other prospective trials which shows consistently that cardiovsacular disease in the menopause years is significantly more prevalent in women who have their ovaries removed at the time of hysterectomy.

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There are many key areas in the field of female reproductive system health, including menstruation, pregnancy, fertility, and menopause. As a woman, you may be concerned about other issues related to your sexual health, including ...

genital problems and sexually transmitted diseases. If you are a female that is sexually active, or over the age of 18, it is important to begin seeing a womans' health specialist in order to make sure that your reproductive system stays healthy. Before that, any concerns with menstruation should be addressed with a physician. As you get older, most women become concerned with issues pertaining to avoiding or achieving pregnancy, until menopause begins around age 50.

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