FACT: Women report a loss of physical sexual sensation after hysterectomy.

FACT: A woman's vagina is shortened, scarred and dislocated by hysterectomy.

FACT: Hysterectomy's damage is life-long. Among its most common consequences, in addition to operative injuries are:

  • heart disease
  • loss of sexual desire, arousal, sensation
  • weight gain
  • osteoporosis
  • bone, joint and muscle pain and immobility
  • painful intercourse, vaginal damage
  • displacement of bladder, bowel, and other pelvic organs
  • urinary tract infections, frequency, incontinence
  • chronic constipation and digestive disorders
  • debilitating fatigue
  • loss of stamina
  • altered body odor
  • loss of short-term memory
  • blunting of emotions, personality changes, despondency, irritability, anger, reclusiveness and suicidal thinking

FACT: No drugs or other treatments can replace ovarian or uterine hormones or functions. The loss is permanent.

FACT:
The medical term for the removal of the ovaries is castration. 73% of women are castrated during hysterectomy.

FACT
: The uterus and ovaries function throughout life in women who have not been hysterectomized or castrated.

FACT: 98% of women HERS has referred to board-certified gynecologists after being told they needed hysterectomies, discovered that, in fact, they did not need hysterectomies.

FACT:
Gynecologists, hospitals and drug companies make more than $17B dollars a year from the business of hysterectomy and castration.

HERS is the only independent, international organization dedicated to the issue of hysterectomy. HERS advocates for fully informed medical decisions by women.

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