Hysterectomy: The Great Women's Healthcare Con

Hysterectomy is seen as panacea for a multitude of women’s health issues. Unfortunately, it is not, and yet, this perception that hysterectomy is a cure-all survives, largely because of false information from gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, other medical professionals, hospitals, surgical centers, the media, and women who have had the surgery(ies). Below are some comments I have read and heard since my unwarranted hysterectomy. I am curious what other women were told before their surgeries. What Gynecologists Say Before the Hysterectomy

  • The uterus is just a useless, bleeding organ once you’ve completed your family.
  • Well, you can’t continue with these problems
  • It’s time for that hysterectomy we’ve been discussing.
  • You’ll wish you’d done it sooner.
  • You’ll feel like a new woman.
  • What’s your problem? A lot of women have hysterectomies.
  • Sex won’t be any different; I’m not operating on your brain.
  • Myomectomy won’t work. Your fibroids will come back and you’ll need another surgery.
  • We can’t keep checking your lining and you don’t want uterine cancer. Let’s just get it out so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • You should not be bleeding after menopause. (Fails to mention that most cases are nothing serious.)
  • I’m removing the crib, not the playpen.
  • You are close to menopause anyway.
  • You don’t need your ovaries since you’re close to menopause (or in menopause).
  • You may have cancer.
  • You won’t have to worry about endometrial cancer. (Does not reveal how rare it is.)
  • You won’t have to worry about cervical cancer. (Does not divulge that it is rare and takes years to develop from untreated abnormal cells.)
  • You won’t have to worry about ovarian cancer. (Does not reveal how rare it is in women who do not have a genetic predisposition.)
  • Everything has to come out.
  • If you have a hysterectomy, you won’t have to take a progestin / progesterone. It will make HRT much easier.

What Gynecologists Say After the Hysterectomy

  • You were a mess in there. It’s good we didn’t wait any longer.
  • You are lucky you did not have cancer.
  • No more worries about gynecologic cancer.
  • That (problem) wasn’t caused by the surgery.
  • We’ve never heard of that / those problems before.
  • You can’t be having those symptoms…you still have your ovaries.
  • None of my other patients have that problem. Maybe you need to see a psychiatrist.
  • You are just depressed. Here’s a script for an anti-depressant.
  • It’s all in your head.
  • The patch works for all my other patients. I don’t know why it doesn’t work for you.
  • You were already in menopause. You shouldn’t be having any symptoms.
  • Your ovaries have nothing to do with your thyroid.
  • I can’t help you anymore. You’ll need to find another doctor.

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