January 30th, 2017

What I wish I’d known before surgery: BRCA carriers’ perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy

By UCSFcounselor2

A recent article titled,"What I wish I'd known before surgery: BRCA carriers' perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy,"  surveyed a group of women who were positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation and were undergoing risk reducing surgery to remove their ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. The survey asked women about their experience going through surgical menopause and things they wish they would have known before they had is preventative surgery. Below is a list of topics the participants wish they would have known before having the surgery:

1 59% said they would have like to know the impact of this surgery on their sex life,

2. 57% felt it would have helpful to know about the availability of sex counseling

3. 57% said they would have wanted to know more about the risk of coronary heart disease.

To read the article's full abstract please click here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10689-010-9384-z

Have you had a risk reducing bilateral salpingo-oophectomy and hysterectomy (TAH/BSO)? Is there something that you wish your doctor would have told you about before the surgery? Please share below to help us better educate providers and doctors about the topics and guidance needed from women undergoing a TAH/BSO.

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