Effect of hysterectomy on genital infections

Br J Vener Dis. 1979 Dec;55(6):434-8. doi: 10.1136/sti.55.6.434.


In a study of women with anogenital gonorrhoea who had undergone hysterectomy, the sensitivities of urethral, vaginal, and anal canal cultures were 88.9, 55.7, and 40.7% respectively in specimens from 27 woemn. To obtain the greatest sensitivity, however, we recommend that specimens from all three sites should be cultured routinely. After the raising effects of trichomoniasis and menstrual blood on the pH values have been allowed for, the vaginal pH of 74 women in the study group and of 137 healthy controls was similar.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / epidemiology*
  • Gonorrhea / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Hysterectomy*
  • Mycoses / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Trichomonas Infections / epidemiology