A model developed by Dr. William H. Parker from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues has demonstrated that women who have their ovaries removed before the age of 55 have 8.58% excess mortality by age 80 and those who have them removed before the age of 59 have 3.92% excess mortality.

Dr. Parker has said that gynaecologists who have been looking at removal of the ovaries have focused on ovarian cancer. Women are living longer and the major killer of women is heart disease which takes 25 times more female lives than ovarian cancer.

He also said that the ovaries continue to produce testosterone and androstenedione for 30 years after menopause and that these hormones are converted into oestrogen which continues the protection of the heart and bones

He also commented that the results do not apply to women at high risk of ovarian cancer.

For those women who are having a hysterectomy for such conditions as endometriosis the removal of the ovaries will probably remain a necessity.


  1. Hi Shauna, many of the women who have a hysterectomy done, have it performed because of quality of life issues – in other words they are looking to improve their quality of life because of debilitating symptoms. This doesn’t make one set of actions ‘right’ and another ‘wrong’ because this is elective surgery (in most cases) after all and it is up to you to decide what is right for you. The following article may help to explain the whole ovaries/cervix business a bit better: https://healthyhappywoman.co.uk/faq/should-i-have-my-ovaries-and-cervix-removed/

  2. Dear Sir/ Madam,

    I have fortunately just come across your website. I am at present in ‘much confusion’ as to whether at ’42’ I should just do a sub-total hysterectomy or total hysterectomy including ovaries?

    The reason for surgery is that at ’42’ I am ‘medically bankrupt’ and have no quality of life. I cannot afford to treat ‘symptoms’ any longer and work half a month because the other half I am out sick. This has gone on for too long now and I want a life and my dreams!

    I have endometriosis with Interstitial cysititis and one sets of the other each month. I am truly exhausted from both of them together as the sleep deprivation and monthly pain is horrific. Also I have hypothyroid and borderline addisons but cannot treat the hormones because then it sets of the gynaecological problem and once that is set off, then the I.C. automatically follows. I am truly chasing my tail since the treatment for the ‘gynacological problems’ is to ‘turn me off’ with GNRH analogues etc and the treatment for the hormones is to ‘turn me on’! And so I am in a ‘no- win’ situation. I ask myself is it better to have a brain or a uterus as I feel a real thick without my eltroxin?

    But I am afraid to take eltroxin since it sets of the uterus! If I were to just take out the ovaries would that suffice? Do I even need to take out the womb since it’s all hormonal and I only have a 3 day period? So sorry for so many questions but enough is enough and I am ready to book surgery Januaary 1st 2011 and have a new lease of life and a new future!

    Thank you for your time and sorry for soooooooooooo many questions. I would warmly welcome your input as either way before I turn ’43’ in March 2011, one is going either ‘uterus or ovaries’, as I cannot affort treatment any longer. Acupuncture has kept me going up to this point. I was fortunate to come across a Chinese medical doctor and acupuncuturist who has worked directly with gynaecologists in Hong Kong. Acupuncture has made me feel how good I’d feel if I had surgery as it puts everything to sleep!

    Thank you and I look forward to your feedback,

    Much appreciated,

    Shauna Ryan

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