More Than a Woman
Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus). Research suggests that one in nine women will undergo a hysterectomy during their lifetime. Many women that have hysterectomy procedures share the fear of feeling like they lost their femininity or ”value as a woman”. This fear is particularly fueled by considering how their partners will perceive them.
The most common reasons for a hysterectomy can include heavy periods, pelvic pain – which may be caused by endometriosis, unsuccessfully treated pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), adenomyosis, or fibroids. Having a hysterectomy is a woman’s act of taking care of her body and honoring it, not getting rid of her femininity and value. This is a great reminder to not pay attention to people who have never walked in your shoes.