What is so abominable about a woman’s
uterus that over 500,000 hysterectomies
are performed each year? Yet, so revered
that some men and women parallel the loss
of a woman’s reproductive organs with
the loss of her self-image as a sexual being.
And, this loss can lead to abandonment of
the female by her male counter part.
• Why is it that some medical professionals
are so short-sighted that they recommend
a hysterectomy if reproductive function
is no longer desired or there is a uterine
• What if there was a significant
population of women who do not wish to lose
their uterus even though reproduction is
not the issue? Should they have a choice
in their treatment?
The answer should be that the medical community
must respond to the strong and growing desire
of women to have a voice in their healthcare.
Women want to be informed and active participants
rather than passive subjects. We, as medical
care providers, have an obligation to communicate
with our patients and provide information
from which the patient can make an informed
The two most common reasons for hysterectomy
have been for bleeding and uterine myomas
(fibroids). And, over half of the hysterectomies
performed have been associated with the
fibroid tumors of the uterus.
The treatment of uterine fibroids is predicated
upon a philosophy of expectation. My philosophy
is that no woman should lose her uterus
as a result of fibroid disease, unless there
is no other option available or that the
woman has been adequately informed and concurs
in the decision.