Hysterectomy not to blame for weight gain, study suggests


October 4, 2012 1:46:34 PM PDT
Many women are convinced their hysterectomy is to blame for their weight gain, but contrary to popular belief, a new study suggests removing just the uterus didn't have much effect on weight on its own.

What researchers did find is that women who have their ovaries and uterus removed to treat fibroids, for example, tend to gain more weight in the years afterward.

It is suspected that changes in hormone production after ovary removal explain the findings. That's because women who go through menopause naturally experience a gradual drop in hormones.

With ovary removal there is an abrupt halt to hormone production.

There is more in the International Journal of Obesity.