American Urogynecologic Society

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Released May 5, 2015

Avoid removing ovaries at hysterectomy in pre-menopausal women with normal cancer risk.

For women with an average risk of ovarian cancer (defined as women who do not have a document germline mutation or who do not have a strong family history suspicious for a germline mutation) who are undergoing a hysterectomy for benign conditions, the decision to perform bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) should be individualized after appropriate informed consent, including a careful analysis of personal risk factors. There is evidence from observational studies that surgical menopause may negatively impact cardiovascular health and all-cause mortality. Ovarian conservation before menopause is particularly important in patients with a personal or strong family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

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How The List Was Created

The Clinical Practice Committee of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) reviewed clinical evidence to identify possible topics along with suggestions for possible topics from the AUGS Board of Directors. By consensus, the Clinical Practice Committee selected the top five most overused tests within specified parameters. Additional input was sought from the AUGS Board of Directors and incorporated. The final list was reviewed and approved by the AUGS Board of Directors.

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Berek JS, Chalas E, Edelson M, Moore DH, Burke WM, Cliby WA, Berchuck A; Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Clinical Practice Committee. Prophylactic and risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: recommendations based on risk of ovarian cancer. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Sep;116(3):733-43.