Having a hysterectomy? 5 side effects of having your ovaries removed

Here are some reasons why you may keep your ovaries if you’re having a hysterectomy.

About 6000 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S every year and about half or these are accompanied by removal of apparently normal ovaries. The reasoning behind this is that it reduces the occurrence of ovarian cancer, i.e. if your ovaries aren’t there, then they can’t become cancerous.

Ovarian cancer is not common – about 1 in 400 American women will develop ovarian cancer by the age of 50. The main problem with ovarian cancer is that it is usually detected in the late stages when treatment becomes virtually useless.


  1. I just had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. My doctor said I could vertually do anything excep heavy lifting. But I read no bending. I have been bending until no.

    I just read about the mother that contracted ovarian cancer after a partial hysterectomy. The doctor left my ovaries due to the fact I had no cancer in the operation. Now I am worried. Do I need to have regular ultra-sounds to check my ovaries through life.


  2. I’m sorry for your loss Amy. I did mention that keeping your ovaries can result in developing ovarian cancer later in life. However, I was trying to emphasize that the benefits of keeping the ovaries can outweigh the risks for some women. I just think that women should be given as much information as possible to make an informed decisions about their bodies and their health. It is unfair to give them only one side of the story. Every woman is different. I am not for or against keeping the ovaries. I believe in giving women viable options when it comes to their health. Take care and God bless you.

  3. I have a very good reason for not keeping your ovaries. My mother had a hysterectomy over 31 years ago and the doctors left her ovaries. May 21, 2007 she was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer. After 56 days in the hospital and 2 surgeries later my mother died August 14, 2007. Her last three months on this earth was hell. If those doctors would have removed her ovaries I would still have my mother and best friend.

  4. Hi Nora. Thanks for dropping by. As you may have noticed, I strongly believe that women (and men as well for that matter) need to have as much information as possible both for and against any procedure they are having. Unfortunately information is often skewed towards one particular point of view. Checked out your site. You have a lot of resources there. Very interesting. Good luck with your activities and have a great day.

  5. You’ve make several excellent points. One of the problems women face is that we are not taught about female anatomy and what happens to a woman’s body when their female organs are removed.

    At http://www.hersfoundation.org/anatomy you can watch a short female anatomy video that every woman needs to see:

    Female Anatomy: the Functions of the Female Organs

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