Monday, February 4, 2013

Hysterectomy: Hands Off My Uterus!
















Hysterectomy: Hands Off My Uterus!


An interview with Nora W. Coffey, the
founder of Hysterectomy Educational
Resources and Services (HERS) Foundation.

Nora Coffey went into surgery for a straight-forward procedure to remove a benign cyst and left without her uterus and ovaries, a startling medical event that changed her life, compelling her to found HERS, the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services Foundation, to educate other women about the subject. 


Her cautionary tale is especially relevant as robotic surgery is touted as an expedient, efficient and safer minimally invasive procedure for hysterectomy.

43 Comments:

At February 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous Desexed said...

Our stories are similar. My doctor also should have only removed a benign ovarian cyst. Instead he desexed / castrated me. There was nothing wrong with my uterus or ovaries aside from the cyst. How is this not a criminal offense of sexual assault? Or at least a valid medical malpractice case?

Thank you Nora (and HERS staff) for your tireless efforts in educating others about the lifelong functions of the uterus and ovaries and the permanent damage caused by hysterectomy and other gynecological procedures.

 
At February 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous Therese said...

The HERS Foundation should be ashamed of themselves - another wannabe "medical" organization that shouldn't even have a non-profit status. You have ZERO medical authority to be touting scare tactic BS to women about hysterectomies. The information you present on your website is both dangerous and you need to get your facts straight. The way you present your information is negative and it sends the message that women are idiots and can't think for themselves. Do you know how many women NEED to have hysterectomies to save their lives? Have you ever heard of cancer???? I recently had a hysterectomy and I've never felt better. I have my life back and I don't feel scarred or damaged, and how DARE you tell women that hysterectomy is going to ruin their lives. Not to mention, it is not your place or right to tell a woman what she should do or not do with her body. I worked in public health for a long time and your supposed foundation disgusts me. I wish someone would shut down your funding because you are doing a grave and dangerous disservice to the public health community concerning educating women about their GYN health. Instead of hands off my uterus, hands off my choice and MY body. My body, my choice and that includes MY decision to choose to have a better quality of life. You don't know me or my circumstances or any woman's circumstances who decide to have a hysterectomy. Women aren't idiots! I did my research--you know, scientific, medical research and got plenty of second opinions. In no way, do I feel like damaged goods nor desexed NOR castrated--that is the most awful word you could possibly use to scare a woman--shame on you. Absolutely disgusting and I feel bad for the women who actually believe this bogus crap you're spewing through your foundation. And I'm not the only one who thinks your tactics and methods are abominable. Betsy B. Honest feels the same way. And the last time I checked my vagina wasn't ballooning out or hanging down my legs!!!

 
At February 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Therese,

If you know of a specific statement on HERS website or videos that is not medically correct, please tell us. The information on HERS website is well documented in medical journals, medical textbooks and other medical literature. If there is anything in error, please tell us specifically and we will immediately correct it.

Providing factual information about the functions of the female organs and the consequences of their removal is important for women to learn about the effects of hysterectomy. Information gives women the power to make their own informed decisions. Denying women being given information, which is what you seem to be advocating, keeps women in the dark.

The issue is not whether a hysterectomy and castration (removal of the female gonads, the ovaries, is castration) is medically warranted, the primary issue is hysterectomy informed consent. Unless women are informed about the lifelong functions of the female organs and the damaging effects of their removal, regardless of the reason the surgery is performed, they are not empowered to make an informed choice. In all circumstances, including a diagnosis of cancer, women have a right to make an informed decision about treatment. You made a decision that you feel was right for you, that was your choice and it should not be judged.

It is understandable that you think the information HERS presents about the consequences of hysterectomy is scary and negative. It is both, and as such, it is imperative that women be told this critically important information. We should not withhold scary or negative information from women, indeed, that would be treating them like incompetents.Well informed women are equipped to make decisions about their health that is right for them.

I agree the word castration brings to mind a very negative image. It is, however, the medically accurate word for removal of the ovaries. The ovaries are the female gonads. Removal of the ovaries is castration. If you look up castration in a medical dictionary you will see it defined as removal of the testicles or ovaries. I agree with you that castration is an "awful" surgery. I encourage everyone to use the medically correct words so that women understand what is recommended to them.

I hope you will respond and tell HERS anything on our website that is not accurate.

 
At February 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theresa,
I was told I had cancer but I did not have cancer. I got several opinions myself but if I had followed the doctors that recommended a hysterectomy, I would have had a major surgery that just was not necessary. I finally found a doctor that was truthful with me and all I had wrong was a hormone imbalance due to peri-menopause. Today, I am intact.

I personally am thankful that HERS provides the facts - it helped me when I was researching for the truth. The facts are ugly but there is not a "nice" way to present the reality of a hysterectomy. The truth is what it is.

Jacqueline

 
At February 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Only about 2% of hysterectomies are done for cancer. So why do 1 in 2 women have a hysterectomy by age 72?

ACOG concluded as part of a study that 76% of hysterectomies don't meet their criteria so obviously many women are having their SEX organ(s) needlessly removed. Yet ACOG isn't doing anything to change it.

Women who seek out the truth about their diagnosis and the lifelong functions of the female organs (as provided by the non-profit HERS Foundation) rarely choose hysterectomy or castration. Of course, that requires that they were told their true diagnosis versus lies. I've heard too many stories of women who were told they HAVE cancer or "pre-cancer" that WILL BECOME cancer when that wasn't the case. But the deception goes much further than that.

Many women who've been hysterectomized need to justify their decision. It's difficult to come to terms with having been betrayed and harmed by a doctor. And it's difficult for many women to admit (to themselves and others) that they had a sex organ(s) removed. This perpetuates the overuse and abuse of hysterectomy.

 
At February 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM , Anonymous Rose Marie said...

Ladies,
Hysterectomies are all about money. Do you think gyn's make their comfortable lifestyle doing pap smears? Go to your local county record information and see what they paid for their house(s). They have to fund it some how. It's also fun to do surgery... that is what they like to do. Go to a nurse practitioner for your routine pap smears if you feel you need them.

 
At February 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

According to the book "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, surgery is described as addictive per the following:
Surgeons, for instance, describe operations as being addictive, “like taking heroin."

So we're up against a combination of money, power, and addiction.

 
At March 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Susan said...

The ABIM Foundation initiated a campaign called "Choosing Wisely" to help patients get care that's NECESSARY, DOESN'T CAUSE HARM, and IS SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE. Each specialty developed a list of unnecessary tests and procedures.

Even though the top two unnecessary surgeries are c-section and hysterectomy, only C-section is on ACOG's list. ACOG itself has determined that 76% of hysterectomies do NOT meet their criteria and there's plenty of medical evidence showing the harm of hysterectomy. It's obvious that gynecologists' hands will have to be forced into stopping this practice of de-sexing women.

 
At April 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Dr. Robert Jason said...

Many women express attachment to their uterus, under the misconception that the uterus is what makes them feel like a woman. To clarify, the uterus has one, maybe two important functions for a woman. First and foremost, it is an incubator—a warm, nurturing place for a baby to grow. Its questionable second function is to remind you that it’s an incubator, by bringing you your monthly period! However, when it comes to feeling like a woman, in terms of having well-rounded breasts and vaginal lubrication, your uterus is not responsible. Your ovaries are responsible for the maintenance of these feminine characteristics by producing hormones. In the case that a hysterectomy (without removal of the ovaries) is indicated, lasting side effects are limited once the woman has healed. For women who are pre-menopausal, they will no longer be able to carry a child and will not have a monthly period. However, it is important to note that a woman will not go into full menopause if the ovaries are left intact. In cases where hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries is indicated (e.g., some cancer cases), a pre-menopausal woman will experience acute onset of menopause symptoms, which may include: hot flashes, night sweats, increased emotional lability, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, osteoporosis, pain during sex (dyspareunia) and decreased genital sensation.

With that said, there are lots of medical reasons to consider a hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus. For cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer, hysterectomy is often a treatment option that is seriously considered, but varies on an individual woman’s circumstances (e.g., of child bearing age, intent to reproduce, etc.). For conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain, a hysterectomy is one of many options. While hysterectomy may be an option with the proper indications, there are many other non-surgical or less invasive procedures that a woman can choose from during an informed consent with her gynecologist or gynecological oncologist. Options include ongoing monitoring with your doctor, medications, hormone therapy, focused ultrasound, and other surgical procedures based on your particular issue and circumstances. Essentially, hysterectomy is no longer the primary answer for these wide ranging gynecological issues, so it is important to discuss your concerns and your options with your physician.

 
At April 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Dr. Robert Jason - You evidently haven't watched the female anatomy video detailing the lifelong functions of the female SEX organs (uterus included). Or maybe you just choose to ignore these facts. As Upton Sinclair said "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

Listed below are the MANY non-reproductive (lifelong) functions of the uterus:

1) Cardiovascular protection - Premenopausal hysterectomy is associated with a 3x risk of heart disease - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7457522

2) Pelvic integrity (skeletal) - Four sets of ligaments are severed to remove the uterus. This compromises pelvic integrity leading to spine compression, widening hip bones, back, hip, rib cage pain, and a protruding belly.

3) Pelvic integrity (internal anatomy) - Hysterectomy causes displacement of the bladder and bowel leading to elimination problems, incontinence, and prolapse.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8677073
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16458626

4) Endocrine function - The uterus, ovaries, and tubes work together as a system. When a woman has all her parts, her ovaries will produce hormones into her 80's. When the uterus is removed, the ovaries are shown to fail about 40% of the time resulting in a castrative type "menopause" with increased all cause mortality similar to that of ovary removal.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3746790
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9689206

5) Sexual function - Without a uterus, a woman cannot have a uterine orgasm. Additionally, severed nerves and blood vessels cause reduced sensation / sexual function.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16098153

Since you think women's SEX organs are disposable, do you think men's prostates or testicles are no longer needed after they've had all the children they desire??

 
At April 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM , Anonymous Lied to said...

Truthseeker, it's not surprising that you didn't receive a response from good old doc. The comment about women having an attachment to their uterus being a misconception is the biggest pile of demeaning crap I've ever heard. I never had an attachment to my uterus any more than any other body part. However, after having a quack cut it out of me, now my ability to have an orgasm is nearly impossible, and at best it's diminished about 70%. I love how they always bring up cancer, yet the instance of cancer is miniscule compared to the female sex organs that are being amputated every year.

 
At April 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Women attached to their uterus??? You bet we are, Robert Jason, and we intend to keep our uteri connected to their ligaments, nerves and blood supply! You, and the majority of gynecologists, are determine to detach and remove the uterus from all women who do not use it for pregnancy. You are a medieval doctor, stuck in the dark ages, the period void of intellectual thought and filled with barbarity.

Women are attached to their gonads, too. Truth Seeker gave you the start of a basic 101 elementary Female Anatomy lesson. If you pass the exam and continue to Female Anatomy 102 you will learn that the ovaries are the female gonads. Women are attached to their balls, though they are difficult to hold onto when gynecologists remove them from 73% of women during hysterectomy. The medically correct word for removal of the ovaries is castration.

Robert, are you finished fathering children? Or perhaps you choose not to be a father. Why do you remain attached to your penis and testicles?

Are you suffering from the concept that your male organs are part of what makes you feel like you are a man?

Robert, it is not too late to educate yourself. Watch the video Female Anatomy and the life long Functions of the Female Organs at www.hersfoundation.org. There will be an exam following the video about the consequences of removing the female organs. The information is critically important, therefore the exam is pass/fail. Your score must be 100% to pass. It is imperative that all medical students and doctors know functions of the female organs.

You can take your hands off of your crotch. No one is amputating and removing the male organs of men who do not use them for conception.

 
At April 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

It's clear that gynecology is living in the "dark ages" since Graduate Medical Education accreditation requirements emphasize hysterectomy to the exclusion of uterus-sparing procedures. With fibroids being one of the most common "reasons" for hysterectomy, why is myomectomy not included on the GME Accreditation Council's required procedures? They continue to emphasize abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic hysterectomies.
http://acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PFAssets/ProgramResources/220_Ob_Gyn%20Minimum_Numbers_Announcment.pdf

 
At May 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

This article on Medpagetoday is more evidence of gynecologists' tactics to justify removal of women's sex organs - Study Suggests Benefit for Salpingectomy

Sign up and post your comments!

 
At May 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Reposting since the article title didn't come through as a link -

This article on Medpagetoday is more evidence of gynecologists' tactics to justify removal of women's sex organs - Study Suggests Benefit for Salpingectomy
http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ACOG/39003?utm_source=cardio-meetings&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mpt&utm_campaign=DCH

Sign up and post your comments on Medpagetoday!

 
At June 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM , Anonymous Lynn said...

Every single body organ has an intricate irreplaceable function. The uterus is a uniquely vital organ, not something to just throw away. It is a high value target in a world of greed. Time to cherish your very self.

 
At June 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Thanks for your post Lynn! You never know what you've got 'til it's gone!!!

 
At July 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Mary said...

Hopefully, I will never get uterine/ovarian cancer. However, if I do, I doubt I will get a hysterectomy or allow a doctor to do exploratory surgery. There are alternative treatments/doctors out there for cancer. A hysterectomy just would not make it worth it to me no matter how it turned out. Glad for this site to be informed of the consequences of a hysterectomy.

Mary

 
At July 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM , Anonymous Fran said...


I would like to know what this foundation would say to me a woman whose ob/gyn neglected to find my fast growing fibroid even though I complained about it every year I went in for my yearly exam. It now is 19cm and is pushing my stomach out my back out I'm peering every 5 seconds. The only way to get my pedunculatrd fibroid out is with surgery due to the fact it grew 6cm's in 2 months. Would you tell someone in my situation to not have a hysterectomy and let this thing grown out my throat. I'm 45 and have been in menopause do that is not stopping it. What do you suggest I do. Your information is scary and you should not be going that to woman. Tell me what should I do??????

 
At July 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM , Anonymous Chloe said...

Maybe you have a hormone imbalance. That happened to me when I was in peri-menopause.

The doctor gave me blood tests as a first step. This told my doctor I had a hormone imbalance. I received prometrium and it got my periods back on track. I do not use it now but it helped me during that time. I had been told previously to get a hysterectomy.

Please stay away from Provera if that is offered. It is derived from horse urine and cruel methods against pregnant mares are used to make the drug. I also recommend reading the book, "What your doctor may not tell you about peri-menopause" by Dr. John Lee. It tells about the dangers of Provera. I took it at first and it was awful.

You do not need a hysterectomy to get rid of multiple fibroids or HUGE fibroids. Please change doctors if you are told you need a hysterectomy and NEVER consent to exploratory surgery. You will most likely come out without your organs.

Diet also helps shrink fibroids. Dr. Lee explains that in his books also. If these routes do not help you, you can get a referral from Nora Coffee to have the fibroid removed through a myomectomy from a doctor that you can trust.

Please write back if you need more information.

Thanks.

Chloe

 
At July 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Fran,

A pedunculated fibroid is the easiest location and type of fibroid to surgically remove. Pedunculated fibroids grow on a long stalk that is the blood supply. The surgeon severs the blood supply and cauterizes it, and lifts out the fibroid, much as a baby would be lifted out of a woman's pelvis during a C section.

If you would like more information about having your fibroid removed, and the names of gynecologists skilled at performing myomectomy, fill out the 'Contact' form on HERS website, or call HERS at 610.667.7757.

 
At July 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous Jean said...

Thank you!! Can I do nothing and just let the fibroid be?

 
At July 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous Jean said...

My name is jean not Fran

 
At July 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Hi Jean,

As it says at the top of the blog, we request that no one posts anonymously, but if they do we are glad to assign them an alias.

 
At July 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM , Anonymous Chloe said...

Jean,
I had many fibroids when I was in peri-menopause. I am now past menopause. The fibroids do not bother me or cause me any issues. After menopause, fibroids atrophy. Estrogen feeds them and sugar and other foods contribute to excess estrogen. That is why diet can help shrink them. You can most certainly leave the fibroids alone. I have read it and can personally say that is what I did and I never regretted it and it ahs been almost 5 years now.

Chloe

 
At July 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM , Blogger jean connelly said...

Chole-

Thanks for the info. I felt in my gut I could leave them alone but felt pressure from the medical community to do something about them.
I had a feeling sugar wasn't good ( I don't think it's good for anything). Any other foods to stay away from or is there some book you could refer to me about diet?
Again thank you for the help I am so grateful!!!!
Jean

 
At July 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Jean,

You can contact HERS at 610.667.7757 or visit www.hersfoundation.org and fill out the Contact form to request the information about foods and supplements that make fibroids grow.

 
At August 3, 2013 at 2:44 AM , Blogger ajita sinha lyngdoh said...

At 3 pm, Monday, August 5 2013, I was to get myself admitted to hospital for a hysterectomy. Over the course of five weeks I met the the doctor, did the the pre-operative tests, and finally met the anesthesiologist. The consultation with the anesthesiologist confirmed that my heart condition (prolapsed mitral valve) did not make me a good contender for a laparoscopic procedure. I was told my surgery will take place with the injection of epidural in the spine and that I will be wide awake during the operation.
Alarm bells went off in my mind which made me look for information on the internet.

I came across the HERS Foundation and after reading the information and hearing the DVD I have decided not to go ahead with the surgery and I feel that all my worries have been justified.

This is important information and I should get it out. Thank you HERS Foundation.

Ajita Sinha Lyngdoh
47 years
Shillong
India.

 
At August 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Ajita,

Kudos for your excellent decision to listen to the alarm bells that went off in your head as warning that you needed to get the facts about the consequences of hysterectomy before considering surgery.

Please do not hesitate to contact HERS if you ever have the need for more information.

Spread the word, educate all the women in your life about the critically important life-long functions of the female organs.

 
At August 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Ajita,
I'm SO glad you listened to your intuition. I regret that I didn't listen to mine. As HERS said, PLEASE pass the word!

 
At December 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Those gynecologists... poor little things... they have to keep up their standard of living by tearing out womens vital organs.... why don't they get a real job!!

Michelle

 
At December 11, 2013 at 6:54 AM , Anonymous Sue said...

Therese,

I'm not sure what's unclear on the HERS website, but no matter what one believes once a woman has been given a hysterectomy, the conversation is over as there is nothing to be done. HERS does not attempt to convince any woman of anything, this site is HERS attempt to provide factual information around the female anatomy, expose the proclaimed justifications for a hysterectomy and relaying women's experience prior and post surgery.

While one can read more into this site, (e.g. HERS is flat out against hysterectomy, HERS is engaging in scare tactics, HERS tells women they are damaged, etc.) that would be on the reader and not related to any statement made or position taken by HERS.

On the other hand a doctor may focus on diagnosis/symptoms to justify a hysterectomy as a woman's only/best option in the face of benign conditions or unproven cancer.

Everyone facing a hysterectomy, should calmly and critically read the information being provided and decide thier best course of action.

 
At January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM , Anonymous Nancy said...

Robotic hysterectomy was the best decision I've ever made! After years of 3-week long periods making my life miserable, I couldn't wait to get rid of my bleeding painful uterus. Fact is the vast majority of women who have a hysterectomy LOVE their decision and it only changes their life for the better. Shame on this website for needlessly scaring women.

 
At January 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

If you feel that having your female organs removed was the best decision for you, then it was right for you. It must have been difficult to have, for years, periods that lasted three weeks. What was the cause of the bleeding?

Would you provide substantiation for your assertion as fact that "the vast majority of women who have a hysterectomy LOVE their decision and it only changes their life for the better."

HERS has counseled 1,500,000 women. While there are a few women who said "It's the best thing I ever did in my life", the overwhelming majority feel that it ruined their health, their bodies, their sexual response, changed their personality and deprived them of the vitality and energy they had prior to their female organs being removed.

They were either told nothing about the damaging effects of hysterectomy or they were told their uterus and/or ovaries were not needed if they were not interested in having children.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The uterus is a hormone responsive reproductive sex organ that supports the bladder and the bowel. Move information about the life long functions of the female organs is available at www.hersfoundation.org/anatomy. While you visit HERS website click on http://hersfoundation.com/effects.html to find out what women report about the effects of hysterectomy.

Nancy (not your name, it was assigned to you since you posted anonymously) I have a couple of questions to ask you.

Since you are glad you had your female organs removed, why are you still looking for information about hysterectomy? HERS Female Anatomy: the Functions of the Female Organs video was vetted by three gynecologists and two lawyers. They are in agreement that everything in the video is correct. Why does it disturb you to have the facts about the damaging effects of the surgery made public? What motivates you to encourage other women to undergo hysterectomy without knowing the facts about the effects?

 
At February 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous Alissa said...

Hi
I had a Thermal (balloon) ablation 10 years ago for heavy periods about a year ago I started having searing pains in my stomach I have had a scan and a biopsy and have been told my uterus has a thick lining and scar tissue. I have been told the only thing I can do is have a hysterectomy leaving my ovaries
I am 50 years old and very confused please advise

 
At February 5, 2014 at 8:55 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Alissa,

Endometrial ablation is often followed by symptoms such as pain, intermittent or irregular bleeding, a feeling of being bloated and pelvic pressure.

Did you read HERS "Endometrial Ablation" link at www.hersfoundation.org? It is a detailed description of the effects of endometrial ablation.

If you would like to discuss your specific situation please contact HERS at 610-667-7757 to schedule time to talk by phone. These issues are too complex to discuss in a blog.

 
At March 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Stephanie Hughes said...

You want real facts concerning hysterectomy... here ya go New England Journal of medicine, DOUBLE BLIND STUDY, scientific and well respected... the conclusion of that study was

"RESULTS
The rates of urinary frequency (urination more than seven times during the day) were 33 percent in the subtotal-hysterectomy group and 31 percent in the total-hysterectomy group before surgery, and they fell to 24 percent and 20 percent, respectively, at 12 months (P=0.03 for the change over time within each group; P=0.84 for the interaction between the treatment assignment and time). The reduction in nocturia and stress incontinence and the improvement in bladder capacity were similar in the two groups. The frequency of bowel symptoms (as indicated by reported constipation and use of laxatives) and measures of sexual function (including the frequency of intercourse and orgasm and the rating of the sexual relationship with a partner) did not change significantly in either group after surgery. The women in the subtotal-hysterectomy group had a shorter hospital stay (5.2 days, vs. 6.0 in the total-hysterectomy group; P=0.04) and a lower rate of fever (6 percent vs. 19 percent, P<0.001). After subtotal abdominal hysterectomy, 7 percent of women had cyclical bleeding and 2 percent had cervical prolapse.

CONCLUSIONS
Neither subtotal nor total abdominal hysterectomy adversely affects pelvic organ function at 12 months. Subtotal abdominal hysterectomy results in more rapid recovery and fewer short-term complications but infrequently causes cyclical bleeding or cervical prolapse." http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa013336

QUIT SPREADING LIES HERS

 
At March 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM , Anonymous Sue said...

Stephanie H.
I'm not going into a lengthy discussion as to why your comments about the study is not an argument against the HERS mission. But I will say the following:
- study claims not to affect pelvic function, last time I checked the uterus and ovaries are in fact part of one's pelvic organs and a hysterectomy does affect these functions, minimally and all pelvic structures maximally
- HERS has been contacted by more women than is in this study concerning the devastating issues post-hysterectomy; not the other way around, no need for lies.
- The double-blind study I want to see if women who have been hysterectomized in comparison to non-hysterectomized women, especially since you claimed that HERS is lying, you believe there is zero effect from a hysterectomy.

Let's hope you won't have to find out the truth concerning hysterectomy.

 
At March 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Stephanie, there are no "double blind" hysterectomy studies. It would require an equal number of women to undergo pelvic surgery, with half of them having their female organs removed, and half not having any organs removed. Such a study would be unethical and would never receive institutional approval.

 
At May 31, 2014 at 7:23 PM , Anonymous Robin said...

I saw a rheumatologist recently as my latest DXA scan showed a drastic decrease in bone density from my last DXA scan in 2010. My spine went from -3.0 to -3.6 over the last three and a half years. I am 41 years old and had a total hysterectomy and loss of both ovaries nine years ago at the age of 33 in 2005. It turned my life upside down and it has never been the same. Despite supplementing with calcium and Vitamin D all along, eating a very healthy whole foods diet, taking bioidentical estrogen and progesterone replacement (and on occasion testosterone) for the last nine years, and weight bearing exercise at least three times a week along with yoga, cardio, cycling and other forms of exercise up to five times a week for the last five years, my bone density continues to get worse. HRT does not prevent bone loss. This rheumatologist was actually angry that the gyneocologist removed my ovaries at such a young age. He said it was a real shame, and that it should be outlawed to remove a woman's ovaries unless it is life and death, and especially when she is in her prime of life. He has worked with many women who have lost their ovaries and suffer from osteoporosis. If you visit osteoporosis forums, you will find a number of hysterectomized women. Fractures are debilitating and seriously hinder quality of life. In some cases, people die. I am facing the osteoporosis medications now and will start one next week. They can have very harsh side effects and long term safety issues, so don't think they will save you from hell later if not now.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this for anyone considering this horrible and drastic surgery. Osteoporosis is a very real risk factor that is rarely touched upon by gynecologists. HRT has not been shown to prevent it according to most legitimate studies. And even conventional specialists like my rheumatologist are against it, at least the ovary removal anyway. Not all doctors are gung ho for stripping a woman of important endocrine organs, thank God.
-Robin

 
At June 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Robin,

Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry for your osteoporosis diagnosis. And as you well know, osteoporosis is just one of MANY increased health risks and quality of life robbing adverse effects of hysterectomy (ovary removal or not).

These gynecologists are nothing short of criminals. And sadly, too many doctors will not admit that hysterectomy is overused nor admit to the harm it causes. Your rheumatologist is an exception.

Even though ACOG says that 76% of hysterectomies do not meet their criteria, they aren't doing a darn thing about it. The Choosing Wisely campaign is a joke since hysterectomy and oophorectomy (two of the top unnecessary surgeries) are not even on ACOG's list - http://www.choosingwisely.org/doctor-patient-lists/american-college-of-obstetricians-and-gynecologists/.

And as one renowned gynecologist said - Graduate Medical Education accreditation should be counting the number of hysterectomies AVOIDED versus the number performed. Each resident must do 70 hysterectomies (35 abdominal, 15 vaginal, and 20 laparoscopic) - https://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PFAssets/ProgramResources/220_Ob_Gyn%20Minimum_Numbers_Announcment.pdf. And some women do not even realize they are in a hospital with a GME program until it is too late.

Do we need a law to stop these criminals - Hell yes!

 
At June 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Truth Seeker said...

Even absent osteoporosis, hysterectomy alters the skeleton as a result of the severing of the ligaments (the pelvis' support structures). My figure has been destroyed and I have discomfort and pain in my midsection and hips from this assault on my body.

I have to wonder too about what happens to the digestive process since our organs shift once the uterus is removed. And hormones also play a role in digestion. Something has been seriously wrong with my bowels and digestion for all of the 8 years since my hysterectomy. Symptoms point to pancreas or gallbladder.

 
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