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Fertil Steril. 2005 Apr;83(4):1021-8.

Perimenopausal androgen decline after oophorectomy does not influence sexuality or psychological well-being.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Borås Hospital, 501 82 Borås, Sweden.



To determine whether oophorectomy during the perimenopause, with the associated decline in ovarian androgens, affects sexual function and psychological well-being negatively.


Prospective, observational study comparing sexuality and psychological well-being in women after hysterectomy only (HYST) vs. hysterectomy and concomitant oophorectomy (HYST+BSO).


University hospital and district general hospital.


Three hundred sixty-two perimenopausal women scheduled for elective hysterectomy on benign indication were recruited and 323 (89%) completed the 1-year follow-up (217 in the HYST group and 106 in the HYST+BSO group).


The patients were evaluated preoperatively and 1 year after surgery. Postoperatively, estrogen replacement therapy was recommended to all women in the HYST+BSO group and to HYST group subjects with climacteric symptoms.


Sex steroids (T, androstenedione, DHEA-S, and E(2)) and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) were measured. Free androgen index and free E(2) index were calculated. Sexuality (McCoy's Female Sex Questionnaire) and psychological well-being (Psychological General Well-Being Index) were evaluated.


Preoperatively, no hormonal differences were found between the two groups. At 1-year follow-up, all sex steroid levels and indices were decreased and SHBG was increased in the HYST+BSO group. Ovarian sex steroids were decreased in the HYST group, whereas DHEA-S and SHBG were unaltered. Sexuality was unaltered in the HYST+BSO group, whereas decreased scores were found in 3 of 14 sexual variables in the HYST group. Psychological well-being was improved in both groups. There were no correlations between the observed changes (data 1 year after surgery, compared with preoperative data) in androgen levels and index and the observed changes in any aspect of sexuality or psychological well-being.


Hormonal changes after oophorectomy in conjunction with perimenopausal hysterectomy do not significantly change postoperative (1-year) sexual or psychological well-being.

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