• affective disorder;
  • depression;
  • hysterectomy;
  • menopausal woman;
  • oophorectomy

The aim of the present study was to retrospectively evaluate women who were admitted to Hiroshima University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, from 1979 to 2008. The women were classified as ‘depressed women’ (n = 159; mean age, 52.3 ± 5.7 years) or ‘non-depressed women’ (n = 182; mean age, 51.5 ± 4.5 years). A total of 14.5% of the depressed women and 3.3% of the non-depressed women had a hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy; this difference was statistically significant (P = 0.0003). This is consistent with previous reported information as well as clinical experience that depressed women had a higher incidence of hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy.