Every year, over half a million women will undergo a hysterectomy. By age 60, one-third of women will no longer have a uterus, making hysterectomy the most common major surgery performed in this country other than Cesarean section.
Many women find that an alternative to hysterectomy such as hysteroscopic myomectomy, uterine artery embolization, or endometrial ablation will lessen the monthly hemorrhage that rivals Niagara Falls. Other women are done – done with the bleeding, done with the pain, done with single handedly supporting the tampon and pad industry, and done with planning their life around their periods. There are many women who welcome hysterectomy as a way to no longer have their life controlled by their uterus.
Once a woman decides that a hysterectomy is her best option, her decisions are just beginning. Laparoscopic? Robotic? Vaginal? Save the cervix? Remove the cervix? Keep the ovaries? Lose the ovaries? Confusing would be an understatement. And while all those issues are discussed in my book, The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy, who better to help you make those decisions than women who have already been through it?
That’s why I conducted a national survey of women who have had a hysterectomy. I wanted to know it all. What decisions did you make? How did your hysterectomy affect your sex life? Your exercise routine? What would you have done differently? And most important, what advice did you have for women who are about to go through it themselves?
The results of my survey will be published in Taking the Hysteria Out of Hysterectomy: Words of Wisdom From Women Who Have Been Through It, a companion book to the updated edition of The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.
Over 2000 women filled out the survey making this the largest survey of its kind. Thanks to every woman who took the time to fill out the survey. The stories you told were amazing.
I don’t want you to have to wait for my book to find out what percent of women said that their hysterectomy was the best thing that ever happened to them, and how many said it was a huge mistake, so I will let you know this fall on DoctorOz.com. Also, follow me on Twitter (@doctorstreicher) and Facebook (facebook.com/DrStreicher) for updates on survey results.
I will be taking a short break from blogging since I am off to Africa to work in a remote clinic in Kenya. I will be posting pictures on Facebook and upon my return will share my experiences with you!