December 1, 2022
Hysterectomies: What is it and Why Shouldn't Do it?

Hysterectomies: What is it and Why You Shouldn’t Do it?

Hysterectomy is one of the most prominent operations among middle-aged women in India and Asian countries. It is the procedure of removing the uterus or womb through surgery. In complicated cases, it can involve the removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. It is mostly sought after by Indian women who are facing gynecological problems.

According to a survey in India, six in every hundred women aged between 30-49 and eleven in a hundred women aged between 45- 49 have undergone hysterectomy surgeries. And the number of surgeries has been increasing over the years. The main reason for women opting for hysterectomy is excess bleeding during periods and fibroids. After childbirth, women who prefer to put an end to the process of monthly periods and are undergoing gynecological issues opt for surgery.

However, gynecologists suggest that it is a dangerous surgery and is only recommended for women who are facing severe uterus diseases. In order to raise awareness against the surgery, gynecologists have launched a movement, #PreserveTheUterus. The Uterus is one of the most important organs of the female reproductive system, and it plays an important role in maintaining a woman’s overall health. Most of the reproductive problems faced by women can be treated without a hysterectomy. But women often go for it for various social and cultural reasons.

The Federation obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) have warned against the side effects of having the uterus and ovaries removed. Unwarranted removal of reproductive female organs would lead to osteoporosis, pelvic cramps, and cardiac issues in women of menopause age. Another important factor that increased the popularity of the surgery is women of low-income backgrounds opting for the surgery to stop the issues of dealing with monthly periods and reduce the cost of expenses.

The FOGSI has conducted several awareness camps in rural areas and government hospitals, warning women and healthcare practitioners against the long-term effects of surgery. With the help of available technology and medical knowledge, the treatment of menstrual problems is no longer a serious problem, and consulting a gynecologist is the best option before going for unnecessary surgeries.

Bhargavi Tondapu

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