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Mental illness May be Related to Unnecessary Ovariectomy

Hysterectomy, especially ovariectomy, may have a significant impact on women's mental health. However, a new study has altered this situation and investigated the psychiatric symptoms that may prompt women to undergo ovariectomy, even after confirming a non-malignant diagnosis. The findings are published online on September 4th in the Journal Climacteric, the North American Menopause Association (NAMS).

 
 
Although previous studies have been conducted to investigate the impact of hysterectomy on mental health with or without bilateral ovariectomy. The new study is the first time to identify mental disorders before bilateral ovariectomy, and it can be dated back to 2016. The result at that time found that depression, anxiety and drug abuse were more frequent than those before bilateral ovariectomy. In 2017, another study also reported the association between adverse experiences in children or adults and the risk of bilateral ovariectomy.
 
In this latest study, researchers tried to determine whether various psychiatric symptoms directly or indirectly affected women's decision to undergo ovariectomy, even without the threat of malignant tumors. Researchers have identified several psychiatric disorders associated with increased risk of surgery. These include emotional disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, dissociation disorders and somatoform disorders. Although emotional and anxiety disorders are most frequently cited, physical form and personality disorders have proved to be the most relevant.
 
In view of that the whole medical industry has a growing anticipation for more conservative treatment and prevention measures in the future, the researchers of this study believe that these results provide valuable insights into the relationship between mental health and gynecological health, and the solutions of some emotional problems may replace non-surgical treatment plans. 
 
 
This study aims at reminding people that mental health problems are common and sometimes physical symptoms occur. Primary care providers (including gynecologists) are responsible for determining whether mental health plays a role in gynecological diseases, and provide patients with the most appropriate treatment plan. We all know that removing women's ovaries before the natural menopause can have serious long-term adverse health consequences, not to mention the potential risks of unnecessary surgery.
 
Some diseases, such as adenomyosis, surgical treatment are not suitable for for all patients. Although the operation works quickly, the damage and trauma can not be ignored. In fact, patients with mild condition often go through conservative medication such as Fuyan Pill, which also has a good curative effect and can retain female fertility function. Best wishes for your recovery!

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