Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Osteoporosis

Hysterectomy and Osteoporosis

05/22/2006

Question:

I am considering having a hysterectomy.I have questions,though.My questions are:

Will I get osteoporosis afterhaving a hysterectomy? If the answer to the above question is yes,then why? Please explain in great detail why I will get osteoporosis after having a hysterectomy.

Answer:

A hysterectomy alone does not usually lead to osteoporosis. On the other hand, if you are premenopausal, removal of both ovaries causes menopause, and most women do have some bone density loss at the time of menopause whether it is natural or surgical. If your bones are strong to start with, some loss at menopause is not of great concern. Be sure to get adequate calcium and vitamin D intake along with exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

For more information:

Go to the Osteoporosis health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati