Mercy Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes Discusses Ovarian Conservation During Hysterectomy

August 11, 2014
Gynecologic Oncology at Mercy

The decision of whether or not to remove a woman's ovaries during a hysterectomy is a big one that involves many factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 600 hysterectomies are performed each year.

According to Mercy gynecologic oncologist Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes of The Gynecologic Oncology Center, it's not a simple decision because it depends on a woman's age, risk factors and the reason for the hysterectomy.

"We prefer to keep the ovaries if it's for benign reasons in women who are younger or women who are premenopausal because of all the benefits that hormones have been shown in terms of women's health," Dr. Diaz-Montes said. "In postmenopausal women, we tend to prefer to remove the ovaries because the function of the ovaries at that point -- even though they're still functional, they don't produce as many hormones as before."

Dr. Diaz-Montes added that it is important to counsel women about the benefits and risks of a hysterectomy.

View Dr. Diaz-Montes’ interview with WBAL-TV11 regarding ovarian conservation during hysterectomy.

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