A study of menopausal symptoms in women after hysterectomy with retained ovaries
Dr. Prejisha Balan
Objectives: To study ovarian function after hysterectomy in pre, menopausal women less than 45 years within one year of surgery using menopausal symptoms. Materials and methods: A total of 50 women less than 45 years who underwent hysterectomy for benign disease with conserved ovaries in the department of OBG were included. They were divided into 2 groups. One group consisted of patients who underwent hysterectomy 6 months back, the other group 12 months back. They were interviewed regarding symptoms of estrogen deficiency like hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, urogenital changes and symptoms suggestive of osteoporosis. They were also interviewed regarding any ovarian pathology and its nature. Results: Hot flashes were the most common symptom experienced by women in both groups. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence of menopausal symptoms between the 2 groups. There was a very low incidence of both benign and malignant ovarian pathology in both groups Conclusion: Ovarian function is not significantly altered in the first year of hysterectomy when assessed using menopausal symptoms.