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Surgical Removal of Ovaries & Tubes

Learn about the steps that people at high risk for cancer can take to manage their risk and protect their health.

Screening after risk-reducing removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes

Currently, there are no national guidelines for long-term gynecologic screening of women who have undergone risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes). Follow-up varies based on whether or not a hysterectomy was part of the procedure and whether or not hormone replacement therapy is prescribed.

For women with an intact uterus, experts recommend continuing annual pelvic exam, having Pap smears as recommended by their healthcare providers, and knowing the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer if you did not have a hysterectomy. Any signs of unexpected bleeding or spotting should be reported to your gynecologist or gynecological oncologist.

Early surgical menopause may increase some other health risks and many experts recommend long-term follow up to monitor bone density and heart health.

Updated 12/29/2016

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