Removal of ovaries with hysterectomy 'warrants caution in under-50s'

A conservative approach may avoid premature mortality in younger women having hysterectomy for non-malignant reasons, researchers suggest

Premenopausal women who undergo bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy at the time of non-malignant hysterectomy may be at greater risk of all-cause death, researchers say.

Their population-based observational study suggests that the risks associated with surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes may not outweigh benefits among the under-50s.

In contrast, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) “does not appear to be detrimental to survival” in postmenopausal women and provides significant reduction in the risk of