Don't let the big scientific word scare you. A hysterectomy is when the uterus is taken out of the body surgically. Just like every surgical procedure has a reason, so do hysterectomies. Uterine cancer, uterine fibroids (which are non-cancerous growths in the uterus), or endometriosis, for example Depending on your condition, the extent of organ removal does vary. Some women only get their uterus removed, while others also need to get their fallopian tube and ovaries removed as well.
You can have vaginal or abdominal surgery but the interesting ones are laparoscopic hysterectomy and robotic hysterectomy
Now, hysterectomies are amazing. Medicine and technology have come a long way to a point where the removal of an organ is common without any complications. In the case of cancer, it can save your life. In other cases, it can relieve the burden of excessive pain or bleeding, along with other symptoms relating to your conditions. Can you imagine being free of period pain for good?
Many women, unfortunately, have problems emotionally coping with their hysterectomies. Feeling like less of a woman is very common. Especially in emergencies, women don't get the time to emotionally prepare for the loss of an organ they have had such a strong love-hate relationship with since childhood. It’s not just the removal of an organ, but the loss of a part of it.
Women often bond over periods, and it unifies them, so grief is common, but trying to remember that there is more to hysterectomies than just losing an organ has a silver lining. the loss of unbearable pain, the cramps, the nausea, and goodbye to the mood swings. Women should never feel less feminine just because they don’t have a uterus any more.
The uterus is often perceived as the embodiment of femininity. However, women should never compromise their health because of these myths.
Even without a uterus, you will always be a woman; it doesn’t show your measure of femininity. I think it's brave.
Written by Sanaa
Edited by Prahlad