The question of whether tubal ligation (TL) is associated with increased risk of hysterectomy or dilatation and curettage (D&C) is examined using data from a population-based study. Retrospective information on TL, D&C and hysterectomy was gathered from 1,810 Australian-born women aged 45-55 who were randomly selected from the population of Melbourne, Australia. Odds ratios for the outcomes were adjusted via logistic regression for age, years of education, smoking status, alcohol consumption, history of premenopausal complaints, number of lost pregnancies, and whether women have discussed menstruation or menopause with their doctor. With these variables taken into account, TL does not emerge as a risk factor for hysterectomy. Though there was a significant association between TL and the probability of ever experiencing a D&C, related extraneous variables which appear to link these events are identified.
Gynecologic and obstetric investigation,
Vol. 50, no. 2 (2000), pp. 117-122