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The acute effect of hysterectomy on ovarian function.

The acute effect of abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy on the ovarian production of estradiol-17-beta ( E2) and progesterone ( P) was studied in a group of patients undergoing hysterectomy for various gynecologic indications. Plasma levels of steroids as well as gonadotropins (FSH and LH) were measured by RIA. There was a significant but transient drop of plasma E2 during the follicular phase and of plasma E2 and P during the luteal phase, following hysterectomy. No significant variations in the steroid plasma levels were found in a control group of patients undergoing laparoscopy for diagnostic purposes. No changes were noted in either group in the plasma levels of gonadotropins. The changes seen appear to be related to the surgical manipulation in the ovarian region rather than to the type of hysterectomy performed or the stress of surgery.[1]


  1. The acute effect of hysterectomy on ovarian function. Stone, S.C., Dickey, R.P., Mickal, A. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. (1975) [Pubmed]
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