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New Research Challenges Wisdom Of Routine Removal Of Ovaries

New research published in the May, 2009 journal Obstetrics & Gynecology challenges the wisdom of removing ovaries during a hysterectomy. This procedure is known as a bilateral oophorectomy. Historically, the performance of a bilateral oophorectomy during a hysterectomy was justified on the grounds that it would reduce a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. While research has confirmed that reduction in risk, new research has shown that the performance of a bilateral oophorectomy increases a woman's risk for heart disease, stroke and death, and this increased risk might be higher than the reduction of the risk for ovarian cancer.

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