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Published on Jun 12, 2015
Updated information we have from the Mayo Clinic now indicates that it's almost 2,000 women a day whose healthy ovaries are removed in the United States.
A look at the legal debate over the civil rights protection afforded to sex offenders as it compares to the civil rights of the average woman. Is temporary chemical castration more important than the permanent harm done when ovaries are removed from healthy women at the time of hysterectomy? So far, society says: Yes.
We at Gynecology Reform are asking for a Congressional hearing on the decades-long practice of removing healthy ovaries in women without proven increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer, and a moratorium on the practice, going forward.
Why does this matter? Because, despite the fact that only 2% of all women are at risk of ovarian cancer, the OB/GYN medical specialty removes the ovaries at time of hysterectomy for benign conditions like fibroids or endometriosis 55% of the time. The ovaries are not, as commonly believed outside of medicine, part of a hysterectomy. Hysterectomy only includes the uterus, and possibly, cervix. The ovaries are part of the endocrine system. It's proven that they do not stop working at menopause, and many studies published in the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists' own medical journal detail the fact that this surgery leads to significantly increased risk of many diseases including heart disease, lung cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and many more. Removing the ovaries does not result in early menopause; it results in sick women who die prematurely. The practice makes no sense and must stop immediately.
Today, this happens at a rate of 2,000 women a day in the U.S. (the film uses the figure "820 a day," but this was created before we used a FOIA request to understand the rate inclusive of outpatient as well as inpatient surgeries). Please read our Q&A section to learn more. http://www.gynreform.com/
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