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A paper from Harvard School of Public Health shows tying a woman's tubes may help to prevent ovarian cancer. Tubal sterilization means that a doctor sterilizes a woman by tying or cutting a woman's fallopian tubes so eggs can't pass from the ovaries into the uterus. Each time an egg is released, it damages the ovary and increases risk for ovarian cancer. Reducing menstruation helps prevent ovarian cancer.

This study shows that tubal sterilization interferes with menstrual function, causing flushing, sweating, breast pain, vaginal dryness, and pain associated with menstrual cycles, reducing damage to the ovaries and decreasing risk for ovarian cancer. Women who start menstruating before the average age of 12 and those who continue menstruating after the average age of 52 are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Women who take birth control pills are at reduced risk for ovarian cancer because birth control pills prevent eggs from being released from the ovary.

N Visvanathan, G Wyshak. Tubal ligation, menstrual changes, and menopausal symptoms. Journal of Womens Health & Gender - Based Medicine, 2000, Vol 9, Iss 5, pp 521-527.Address Wyshak G, Harvard Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Populat & Int Hlth, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston,MA 02115 USA

Checked 8/9/05

August 27th, 2013
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