Removing the ovaries at the time of hysterectomy could potentially improve longevity as it reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and the need for future gynaecological procedures. However, women who have had their ovaries removed have also been reported to have an increase in cardiovascular disease. Currently, there are no good quality studies of the benefits or harms of removing the ovaries at the time of hysterectomy. Until well-designed studies that compare women undergoing hysterectomy with women undergoing hysterectomy and removing ovaries are undertaken, removing the ovaries at the time of hysterectomy should be approached with caution.
Hysterectomy versus hysterectomy plus oophorectomy for premenopausal women
10 November 2010