My good friend Cindy Pearson reports that US doctors are performing hysterectomies for benign conditions which is damaging to women's health:
"The Swedish study, published late last year, reaffirms what we have been warning women about for so many years: hysterectomy, especially when done before menopause, increases women’s risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attack.
The Swedish study involved over 800,000 women, enabling the researchers to identify a small, but meaningful, increased cardiovascular disease risk of 18%. Given how common cardiovascular disease is – it’s the leading killer of older women – an 18% increased risk is very important, and reducing the unnecessary risk could save lives. (Remember, just an 8% decrease in the U.S. breast cancer rate, which occurred after women stopped the unnecessary use of menopause hormone therapy, resulted in 16,000 fewer cases of breast cancer every year.) This risk wasn’t statistically significant in women whose hysterectomies were performed after menopause."
If you’ve already had your uterus removed, there are many things you can do to maintain good heart health – stay active, don’t smoke, limit salt and eat nutrient rich foods. If a physician suggests a hysterectomy, take the time you need to explore other options. Many women find other options that effectively treat conditions such as fibroids, heavy/painful periods, or endometriosis. If you’ve done your research and you’re sure that hysterectomy is the right choice for you, hold on to your ovaries!