“Ovarian Isolation” & “Female Castration”

The untold risks of Essure, Tubal Ligation & Filshie Clips

by Susan Bucher, BSN

Were you put on the Pill AFTER your sterilization (or a *hormonal IUD)??? This is a RED FLAG!!!

There are risks associated with female sterilization (tubal ligation, Essure, Filshie clips) that women and the public are NOT informed of. Key information which is omitted and withheld by OBGYN physicians includes increased risk for hysterectomy and the risk of female castration (loss of ovarian function which can lead to “hormone shock”).

These omissions by OBGYNs to women when consenting to sterilization are technically a “breach of the duty of disclosure” and become a criminal act of battery at the time of sterilization.

Dr. Vikki G. Hufnagel, MD has worked to educate women and the public about these side effects and has blown-the-whistle on her peers for years for their omissions and for their actions of withholding this vital information.

In the early 1980's Dr. Hufnagel coined the terms and described the conditions of “Ovarian Isolation” and “Hormone Shock”.

  • Ovarian Isolation: Occurs when an ovary is surgically isolated or removed from its blood supply. The isolated ovary becomes atrophic and nonfunctional.
  • Hormone Shock: Sudden loss or abrupt change of hormones triggering physical shock and manifesting with shock related symptoms.

Ovarian isolation commonly occurs after hysterectomy when the ovaries are left in place. Today women are usually informed at the time of hysterectomy that if their ovaries are left in place they may fail.

Ovarian isolation can occur after tubal ligation but women are NOT informed of this risk.

In truth, the medical community has known since the 1930’s that tubal ligation can result in female castration.

Dr. Hufnagel worked to expose the “the cycle of abuse” which surrounds female sterilization (along with other abuses in women’s health care including hysterectomy abuse, uterine fibroid embolization, silicone breast implants, the Dalkon Shield, Ovabloc, and MORCELLATION, all which contributed to her becoming blacklisted, a victim of retaliation/astroturfing, and being silenced.

This is information about tubal ligation and female sterilization that the ACOG, obgyns, and “others” don’t want public.

Female sterilization can cause negative iatrogenic side effects known by the OBGYN medical community as post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS) or post sterilization syndrome. These side effects can be physical or hormonal in nature and include bleeding, hydrosalpinx, pelvic pain and loss of ovarian function. When a medical device is used such as Filshie clips or Essure, there is added risk the medical device(s) can migrate and/or cause severe inflammatory/allergic reactions to the silicone, pet fibers, and nickel which is found in these devices. Physical and hormonal health changes can cause mental health to be affected causing loss of libido, memory loss, depression, anger and rage.

“Ovarian Isolation”, “Surgical Menopause”, “Female Castration” and “Hormone Shock”

The surgical removal of both ovaries (oophorectomy, which is sometimes done at the time of a hysterectomy) or the isolation of both ovaries in a young pre-menopausal woman (which is a risk with sterilization) will cause a “surgical menopause”, aka “female castration”.

The sudden loss of hormones can trigger an “hormone shock” that manifests as severe hot flashes, chills (as is often seen in shock), vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, loss of sex drive, and heart palpation’s.

The sudden loss/stoppage of estrogen, hormones, and the resulting hormone shock can affect brain function. Confusion, rage, depression, and memory loss that can mimic an alzheimer’s type state can manifest. In addition to these symptoms, women who lose both ovaries (or lose the function of their ovaries) also lose the protection these hormones provide against heart disease and osteoporosis many years earlier than if they had experience natural menopause.

The Sequelae (long term) of Female Castration:

Young women who have had their ovaries removed or rendered nonfunctional due to ovarian isolation are seven times more likely to develop coronary heart disease and much more likely to develop bone problems at an early age than women who move into menopause naturally. The loss of ovarian function and hormones early in life can be even more damaging then post tubal syndromes immediate effects of dysfunctional uterine bleeding disorders (DUB) and other sudden symptoms.

Serious long-term consequences of female castration include:

Women are commonly given misinformation that their ovaries (and hormone health) will continue to function as normal after a tubal ligation. It is true that for some women their ovaries will continue to function as before, but for many one or both ovaries will fail due to the blood supply being affected and the ovaries becoming isolated from their blood supply. For a doctor to state to a woman with absolute authority that her health will remain the same and that her ovarian function will in no way be affected is making a false claim because it is impossible for anyone to predict what any one woman’s outcome will be after a sterilization.

Post Sterilized Women and the “Pill”

Were you given the “Birth Control Pill” AFTER your Sterilization (or given a *hormonal IUD) without first having been hormone tested?

Did your OBGYN slip you a “Hormonal Mickey”???

This is a RED FLAG!!!

Female sterilization is known by OBGYNs to cause hormonal imbalances. Through a code of silence this information is withheld from women and the public at large.

Many post sterilized women who return to their OBYGNs complaining of symptoms of post sterilization syndrome (bleeding, irregular cycles, etc…) are prescribed the “Birth Control Pill” (and sometimes a *hormonal IUD) without first being hormone tested. This could be construed as a “omission” leading to battery as the doctor is prescribing the ”Pill” to treat a condition which is NOT diagnosed (without hormone testing it’s not known if hormones are needed).

The only way to know if a woman has a hormonal imbalance is to be hormone tested. If hormones are needed, other hormone treatments are more appropriate and safer then the pill. The ACOG and all OBGYNs know this. The birth control pill is designed for young women with normal hormone production (and normal hormone levels) to prevent pregnancy…. NOT as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a woman depleted of hormones. Taking the birth control pill puts a women at risk of stroking out. This risk increases with age, smoking, and high blood pressure. Hormonal IUDs also carry risks such as heavy bleeding, severe cramping and vaginal inflammation.

If a young post sterilized woman asks her OBGYN if her condition could be hormone related (or directly asks for hormone testing) she is often told she is “too young to be in menopause” and is not ordered hormone testing (while other young women who are not sterilized are often ordered hormone testing when they present with the same symptoms). Sterilized women are also told that hormone testing is not necessary, is unreliable, very expensive, and insurance will not pay for it (all which is not true). This is done in an attempt to protect the code of silence (the rule is not to diagnose young post sterilized women with ovarian failure or menopause).

If a post sterilized woman is suffering from loss of ovarian function (loss of hormones), an OBGYN not hormone testing , not diagnosing, and not giving appropriate treatment (all which are omissions) can cause the woman to suffer longer and to have her condition progress, deteriorate, and worsen… this is another battery and a form of physical imprisonment.

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Ovarian Blood Supply:

Women are also misinformed by the ACOG and their OBGYNs that menopause, ovarian isolation, or the ovaries being affected by lack of blood supply is impossible because the ovaries have 2 sources of blood supply.

As you can see in these diagrams, just a little more then 1/2 of all women have two sources of blood supply to her ovaries. The other 1/2 have only one source of blood supply to their ovaries. Women are also commonly misinformed that if one ovary is removed that the remaining ovary will make up for the loss of the other. This again is not true. If one ovary is removed, or becomes non-functional due to ovarian isolation, a hormonal imbalance will occur. The remaining ovary does not begin to make twice as much estrogen as before, and the remaining ovary does not begin to release twice as many eggs as before. The loss of one ovary does impact hormone levels.

“One of the most destructive things a woman can do to her body is to undergo sterilization. The sterilization process can cause damage and injury to women’s reproductive and other vital organs in a number of ways.” Dr.VGH

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Women’s Health Rights Activist ~ Public Speaker ~ Author

Women’s Health Rights Activist ~ Public Speaker ~ Author