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Surgical menopause increases risk of kidney stones

Hi ladies! I'm wondering how many here have had kidney stones since their hyst?

There's a new study out in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (14:1272-1277, 2003). Doctors at Loyola, Brigham and Women's, Harvard School of Public Health, Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School studied data from the Nurses' Health Study participants to see if there was a correlation between incidence of kidney stones and either menopause or HRT use.

Their conclusion:
Overall, no association between menopausal status and incident kidney stones was identified, after taking into account age and other potential confounding factors. However, when the type of menopause was considered, surgical menopause was associated with an increased risk of kidney stones in comparison with premenopausal status, whereas natural menopause was not. HRT use showed no relationship with the risk of kidney stones.
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My next question would be, is it removal of the ovaries (BSO) that increases the risk, or is it surgical menopause itself? That is, if the ovaries are still there but not functioning, will that increase the risk to the same degree as if they are removed? In other words, is it something about the surgery to remove the ovaries that does it, or is it the change in production of hormones other than those that are replaced by HRT?

Just thought you might be interested.

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