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Dr. Gregory Pais, ND
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WOMEN: KEEP YOUR OVARIES
According to two studies published August 29, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology women who have their ovaries removed before menopause are at an increased risk of developing memory problems, dementia and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

The study on dementia involved approximately 1,500 women who had one or both ovaries removed for non-cancer-related reasons, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or for the prevention of ovarian cancer. These women were compared to the same number of women who still had both ovaries at the beginning of the study. All participants were followed for a median of 27 years and were interviewed about their memory. If the women could not be interviewed directly, the investigators interviewed a family member.

Researchers found that women who had one or both ovaries removed before menopause were nearly two times more likely to develop dementia or cognitive problems compared to women who did not have the surgery. In addition, those women who were younger when their ovaries were removed were more likely to develop dementia than women who were older when their ovaries were removed.
 
Many of the women involved in the dementia study were also included in a larger study that found women who had one or more ovaries removed before menopause were nearly two times more likely to develop Parkinsonism, a syndrome involving muscle rigidity, resting tremor, and slowness of movements. The most common form of this syndrome is Parkinson's disease. The risk for Parkinsonism increased when ovaries were removed at a younger age.

I'm sure that many will read these studies as giving the green light for hormone replacement therapy to prevent dementia and Parkisonism. I read these studies as a strong caution not to have one or both ovaries removed without considering these dangers and looking at all alternatives. Ovarian cysts and endometriosis can be addressed homeopathically and nutritionally. Removing one or both ovaries at any age has serious consequences and all pros and cons should be considered.

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