Endometriosis

9 Things No One Ever Tells You About Getting A Hysterectomy

SARAH DIGIULIO

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Hysterectomy is a type of surgery that can treat several gynecological conditions, from uterine fibroids to endometriosis to cancer. But if you’ve ever found yourself wondering what exactly it is, you’re not alone. Despite the fact that the procedure is the second most common one women get, many don’t actually know the basic terminology and aren’t even clear on what organs are being removed, says Lauren Streicher, MD, an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and author of The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy and Sex Rx: Hormones, Health and Your Best Sex Ever. Plus, many women have negative associations with the procedure, even though it may very well improve their quality of life (according to an informal survey on Streicher’s blog, 90% of respondents said that getting a hysterectomy was the best decision they ever made).So if you’re deciding whether the surgery is the best option for you—or you know a friend or family member who might be considering it—here’s what you need to know.

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