What Your Doctor May Not Tell You

Although hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries for women living in the United States, misconceptions about removal of the uterus abound.

According to one study, as many as 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, making it the second most common surgery (after C-sections) for women in the United States. If you are about to be one of them, a frank discussion with your gynecologist is an essential first step.

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Hysterectomy may be performed to treat fibroids (noncancerous tumors), excessively heavy periods, uterine prolapse (a dropped uterus), or cancer of the reproductive organs — the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, or ovaries, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

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