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HYSTERECTOMY OK, BUT LEAVE THE OVARIES

By age 60, one of four American women have their uterus removed. As far as we know, this does not harm women because except during pregnancy, the uterus does not produce hormones. Each year, more than 250,000 women have both ovaries removed and that deprives them of the male hormone, testosterone.

When a woman goes into the menopause naturally at the average age of 52, she loses much of her female hormone, estrogen, but her ovaries continue to manufacture significant amounts of the male hormone, testosterone. Testosterone can protect women from loss of muscle strength, interest and sensitivity in making love, assertiveness, and bone strength; and from hot flushes that are not prevented by estrogen alone. Lack of testosterone may also cause anxiety and depression.

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3) Issues surrounding surgical menopause - Indications and procedures. H Reich. Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 2001, Vol 46, Iss 3, Suppl. S, pp 297-306.

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Checked 9/3/05

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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