According to evidence presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), women who have had a hysterectomy have higher levels of inflammatory factors than women who go through menopause naturally.
This is true whether the ovaries are removed, or not, as part of the hysterectomy. It appears that hysterectomy may be linked to higher levels of CRP (C-reactive protein). Studies have previously shown that elevated CRP levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It was felt that doctors may need to monitor women more closely.
Researchers conducted the study because earlier research suggested that the combination of a hysterectomy and oophorectomy (removal of the womb and the ovaries) could have a compromising impact on heart disease risk factors.
(NAMS 2005) Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy and Inflammatory Markers in Postmenopausal Women. Abstract P-53)