Why are we getting so many hysterectomies?

Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure, after cesarean section, for women of reproductive age in the United States. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, and approximately 20 million U.S. women have had a hysterectomy. Women aged 40--44 years had a significantly higher hysterectomy rate compared with any other age group. During the study period, 52% of all hysterectomies were performed among women aged <44 years. In addition, hysterectomy rates per 1,000 in women aged 45--54 years increased significantly, from 8.9 in 1994 to 10 in 1999. The overall hysterectomy rate for women living in the South was 6.5 per 1,000, which was significantly higher than the rate among women who lived in either the Northeast (4.3) or the West (4.8) but not significantly higher than the rate among women who lived in the Midwest (5.4). Black women were more likely to undergo abdominal hysterectomy than white women. This report covers data from 1994 through 1999 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5105a1.htm

Why are black women getting hysterectomies at an alarming rate? At one time it was tubal ligations, now we just get the whole uterus removed, like spitting out chewing gum that longer has a sweet taste. The uterus is the strongest organ in the body. I have heard it mentioned as the 2nd brain. It can grow from the size of a fist to a watermelon during childbirth and able to carry a 10+ pound fetus.

I know too many women who've gotten this elective surgery because of fibroids or from excessive bleeding during the monthly cycle. One of my friends in her 40's, was told by the medical staff of her doctor's office, that they were going to go ahead and schedule her hysterectomy, without even asking her.

I've heard women in their 30's say that they don't mind the surgery because they are not planning at the moment to have any more children or they don't want a period anymore.

When preparing to present at womb wellness workshops, I often cringe when researching such devastating information. With one teary eye open. European women are getting uterine transplants, having 1 - 2 kids, then removing the uterus. Where are all of these uteruses coming from? If you are not familiar with the story of Henrietta Lacks, I encourage you to read about her. Watch the documentary, Maafa in the 21st century, and read the book, "Medical Apartheid", by Harriet Washington.

Let us be full aware that our body is equipped to heal itself, there are various healing options for everything. After a hysterectomy, a woman may not enjoy sexual intercourse anymore. Early menopause could happen and a bladder surgery may be required. Depression is common.

If you want to avoid this surgery or want to know what to do post - hysterectomy, please schedule a private consultation at www.craftswombman.com and join the group SISTAHS AGAINST FIBROIDS. There is still hope for you.


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