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1 in 3 doctors still needlessly removing ovaries

A new study from Baystate Medical Center found that one-third of gynecologists continue to recommend removal of healthy ovaries from women undergoing hysterectomies who haven’t yet entered menopause. This goes against recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which advises against ovary removal in pre-menopausal women undergoing hysterectomies who aren’t at increased risk of ovarian cancer. That’s because the heart- and bone-protective benefits of maintaining functioning ovaries through menopause outweigh the smaller risks of future ovarian cancer.

“I think we must conclude that a more balanced view of the risks versus benefits of retaining the ovaries in pre-menopausal women would help doctors counsel their patients more effectively and accurately,” said study author Dr. Oz Harmanli, chief of urogynecology and pelvic surgery at Baystate.

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