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Use of antidepressants in women after prophylactic bilateral oophorectomy: A Danish national cohort study

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between prophylactic bilateral oophorectomy and use of antidepressants in women with a family history of cancer.

METHODS: Nationwide population-based cohort study using Danish National Registries including women oophorectomized due to a family history of cancer (n = 2,002) and an age matched reference group (n = 18,018). Analyses were stratified by age at time of bilateral oophorectomy and use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

RESULTS: Women oophorectomized at age ≤ 45 years were more likely to use antidepressants from the first year after bilateral oophorectomy (OR = 1.34; 95 % CI: 1.08-1.65) compared to the reference group. Women oophorectomized at age 46-55 years and at age >55 years had no significantly increased use of antidepressants (OR = 0.90; 95 % CI: 0.68-1.18 and OR = 1.14; 95 % CI: 0.81-1.61). The increased use of antidepressants in women oophorectomized at age ≤ 45 years was limited to women treated with HRT (OR = 1.51; 95 % CI: 1.18-1.94) whereas women oophorectomized at age ≤ 45 years not treated with HRT had no increased use of antidepressants (OR = 1.03; 95 % CI: 0.70-1.51).

CONCLUSIONS: Women oophorectomized due to a family history of cancer at age ≤ 45 years were more likely to use antidepressants after bilateral oophorectomy. The increased use of antidepressants was limited to women treated with HRT. The study calls for further large-scale studies to understand how bilateral oophorectomy and concomitant HRT affects risk of depression in women with a family history of cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume29
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)655-662
Number of pages8
ISSN1057-9249
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

    Research areas

  • antidepressants, Cancer, family history of cancer, hormone replacement therapy, oncology, prophylactic bilateral oophorectomy

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