Review of menopause advice given to patients undergoing bilateral oophorectomy

Post Reprod Health. 2022 Mar;28(1):28-39. doi: 10.1177/20533691211058518. Epub 2021 Nov 25.


The NICE Guideline (NG23) 2015 Menopause: Diagnosis and Management states that 'women who are likely to go through the menopause as a result of medical or surgical treatment should be offered support and information about the menopause and fertility before they have their treatment, and a referral to a Health Care Professional with expertise in the menopause'. To investigate whether discussion about the surgery causing the menopause, and advice on possible treatments had been documented, I conducted a retrospective study of women undergoing bilateral oophorectomy at a central London teaching hospital from 1st April 2018 to 30th September 2018. Only 30% of women (8 out of 27) in this study had documentary evidence of having received menopause advice around the time of bilateral oophorectomy.

Keywords: bilateral oophorectomy; menopause advice.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • London
  • Menopause*
  • Ovariectomy / adverse effects
  • Retrospective Studies