By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.
Ladies, do you remember the velvet voice of Nat King Cole singing that song, "Unforgettable?" It went something like this, "Unforgettable, that's what you are, unforgettable, when near or far," etc. I actually forget the rest of the lyrics. anyhow, I'm sure that your ovaries might have gone crazy while listening to the rest of that romantic song.
The ovaries are not just a nest of eggs, but they secrete hormones which control almost all of the life saving chemical reactions in the female body. The ovaries don't forget what the female body needs to survive. Once every 28 to 30 days, when an egg is released (ovulation), there is an increase in the body temperature. If a pregnancy is desired, that is the time for the sperm to make its move in fertilizing the egg. In other words, make love before the temperature rises rather than later. This whole process of fertilization was not really understood until 1995. Millions of unwanted pregnancies have taken place due to misinformation. Just like I said, the ovary is not just an organ to increase our worldly population. That pair of small prune shaped unforgettable organs is responsible for a whole lot of things that take place in a woman's body and should not be removed unnecessarily when a hysterectomy is performed.
Can you believe, in this day and time at least 300,000 to 600,000 hysterectomies are performed due to abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and cancer. Often, the patient is advised to have a complete hysterectomy which entails not only removal of the uterus but also of the ovaries, medically known as oopherectomy. This procedure is justified by the surgeon to prevent ovarian and breast cancer.