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STUDY: Hysterectomy Brings Greater Risk to Depression and Anxiety

September 04, 2019 10:31 AM

(ABC 6 News) -  A new report released from a Mayo Clinic study of more than 2,000 women, says hysterectomy is associated with an increased risk of long-term mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety.

Researchers found the risk of depression increased by more than 6.5% and nearly 5% over 30 years. For women ages18 to 35 who have had a hysterectomy, the risk of depression was even higher at 12%. 
 
Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., the senior author and Mayo Clinic OB-GYN., says the study shows that "removing the uterus may have more effect on physical and mental health than previously thought." The report also says alternative treatments should be tried before having a hysterectomy, especially at a young age.

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