- Study shows that women who have
their appendix and tonsils removed at a young age are more likely to get
- Women could also get pregnant more
quickly, the study revealed.
- Researchers warn not to have these
- The study also challenges the myth
of the effect of appendectomy on fertility.
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New research shows that women who have their appendix
or tonsils removed at a young age have a higher chance and faster rate of
getting pregnant compared to the rest of the population.
‘Pregnancy brings a new meaning to your life! New study shows women without appendix or tonsils might get pregnant easier.’
Researchers from the
University of Dundee and University College London studied the appendectomies
records of thousands of women in
UK and found that pregnancy rates were significantly higher among those who had
an appendectomy (54.4%), tonsillectomy (53.4%) or both (59.7%) than the rest of
the population (43.7%).
The results of the study also
showed that the time taken to conceive was shortest among those who had both
their appendix and tonsils removed, followed by women who had only appendix
removed followed by women who had only tonsils removed.
The researchers used the
records from the UK Clinical Practice Research Databank. Their current study
included 54,675 appendectomy-only patients, 112,607 tonsillectomy patients, and
10,340 patients who had undergone both appendectomy and tonsillectomy. The
results were compared to the records of 355,244 women of similar age from the
rest of the population.
The same research team had
conducted a study in 2012 which had revealed surprising statistics around
appendectomies and pregnancy.
One of the clinical senior
lecturer at Dundee University's School of Medicine, Sami Shimi commented:
"Once again the results have been surprising. We have found that women who
have had an appendectomy or tonsillectomy, or even more particularly both, are
more likely to become pregnant, and sooner than the rest of the general
population. This scientifically challenges the myth of the effect of
appendectomy on fertility. What we have to establish now is exactly why that is
The findings of the study
which was published in the journal Fertility
, come as a surprise to many doctors who believe that
appendectomy could reduce fertility
by blockage of the fallopian tubes.
Sami Shimi, who is also a consultant surgeon with NHS Tayside, further
added, "For many years medical students were taught
that appendectomy had a negative effect on fertility and young women
often feared that having their appendix removed threatened their
chances of later becoming pregnant."
Li Wei, who is associated with the School of Pharmacy at University College
London, said, "This research is of paramount interest because appendectomy and
tonsillectomy are very common surgical operations, experienced by tens of
thousands of people in the UK alone.
Although a biological cause is possible, we believe that the cause is more
likely to be behavioral. We are pursuing both hypotheses with further
researchers caution that women should not seek an appendectomy or
tonsillectomy to increase their chances of getting pregnant. However, they
are of the opinion that young women could have their appendix removed without
the fear of future fertility risks.