The Women's Sexual Health Foundation encouarges every woman who is considering a hysterectomy to read the latest issue of MORE magazine and our brochure on hysterectomy and sexual function at www.TWSHF.org.
The Endangered Uterus If your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy, don't make a decision until you read this startling report on the real risks of surgery and the less-invasive alternatives your ob-gyn may not be mentioning. Read this informative article from MORE magazine's December 2008/January 2009 issue.
Experts such as William Parker, MD, of the UCLA School of Medicine,Carla Dionne, of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation,Beth Battaglino Cahill, RN, of The National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) and others guide you to help you understand when a hysterectomy is necessary and when you should get a second opinion and look at alternatives.
Also a hysterectomy may impact a women's sexual function. Below is a thought provoking excerpt from The Endangered Uterus.
Some research has nonetheless suggested that hysterectomy improves women's sexual lives, but that claim is controversial. "I'm wary of such studies," says biologist Winnifred Cutler, PhD, author of the upcoming Hormones and Your Health. As an example, she cites the 1995 Maryland Women's Health study, in which women two years beyond hysterectomy reported they were more sexually active, more orgasmic, and had sex more frequently than before the surgery. "But the researchers asked the women about their sex lives in the 30 days prior to the surgery [to establish a baseline]. What woman, experiencing and fearing pain, is going to be having a lot of sex in the month before her operation?" With such a low baseline, Cutler notes, any increase may be misconstrued as improvement due to the hysterectomy. Her own findings with coauthors on sexual response postsurgery, presented in 2000 to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), showed just the opposite: Hysterectomy can have a negative impact on sexuality. That is why she urges women considering the procedure to look closely at the facts