Facts About Hysterectomy
FACT: Women report a loss of physical sexual sensation
FACT: A woman's vagina is shortened, scarred and dislocated
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 and uterine orgasm
- weight gain
- 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:Armed with information, 98% of women HERS 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
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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