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A Warning About Hysterectomies

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Over 90 percent of hysterectomies are unnecessary. Only 10 percent of hysterectomies are deemed medically necessary.Unsuccessful conventional treatments for many common perimenopausal conditions such as heavy periods [1], endometrioses [2], uterine fibroids [3]or prolapsed uterus put women at risk for a hysterectomy, and we feel it is important to present some information about them.

A report prepared by the Ontario Women’s Health Council says that Canadian women are having hysterectomies too frequently as a first line of treatment for discretionary reasons—to supposedly improve a woman’s quality of life—rather than to save her life. The report found that hysterectomy remains the most common procedure used to treat non-life-threatening conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding (heavy periods), uterine fibroids, endometriosis, unexplained pelvic pain, and prolapsed uterus. And the same holds true for American women.

Just turning 40 years old in North America puts women at risk of losing their uterus. Women aged 40 to 44 years had a significantly higher rate of hysterectomy, at 11.7 per 1,000, than any other age group in the study. Fifty-two percent of all hysterectomies are performed on women younger than 44 years of age. With the population’s aging baby boomers, hysterectomy rates are only going to climb. The highest hysterectomy rate, 16.8 per 1,000, is in African American women aged 40 to 44 years.

Abdominal hysterectomies were performed more frequently than vaginal hysterectomies in all races. Hysterectomy rates are more than twice as high in northern and rural areas than in metropolitan centers that have teaching hospitals. Over 55 percent of hysterectomies also involve the removal of both ovaries, which immediately throws a woman into surgical menopause.

Female Castration

Dr. Stanley West, M.D., author of The Hysterectomy Hoax, states that “removal of the ovaries is castration. A man would never consent to having his testicles removed unless he had cancer or some other life-threatening condition, yet women have their ovaries removed in record numbers simply because doctors are not telling them they will be castrated.”

If physicians started to adopt the terminology of castration and disclosed the potential side effects of hysterectomy, most women would refuse to undergo the procedure and seek alternatives. It is important to understand how a hysterectomy may affect overall health, hormone balance, and especially the ability to have and enjoy sex afterwards.

Facts About Hysterectomy

Potential Side Effects of Hysterectomy

Although many women report that they feel better after a hysterectomy, others are not so lucky. Vaginal, abdominal, and laparoscopic hysterectomies are each performed with their own inherent risks. The reported side effects may include:

Think Twice About Hysterectomy

Dr. Laura Berman, Ph.D., author of The Passion Prescription states that “any surgery performed for gynecological conditions can challenge a woman’s sexual wellbeing. The medical field still does not know where all of the important nerves and blood vessels are situated in a woman’s pelvis. As a result, many are inadvertently damaged during pelvic surgeries, which can pose a real problem for sexual response. Severed nerves and blood vessels compromise lubrication, sensation, and feelings of fullness in the genital area when you are aroused.”

Some conditions require a hysterectomy due to cancer or another medically necessary reason. For all other women, use the safe, effective alternatives to hysterectomy for conditions covered in our conditions section [4].