Please! No More Hysterectomy and Castration

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My experience with hysterectomy and castration (oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries) began in October of 1975, long before information was easily available on the Internet, and in a time when any kind of warning about this surgery was virtually non-existent, and when a doctor’s recommendation was rarely questioned. With that said…..

The trauma done to a woman’s life, from hysterectomy and castration, is not something any woman truly wants her friends and acquaintances to know about her. Many women solve this problem by insisting they don’t have any resulting problems. This, in turn, makes those of us who tell the ugly truth appear to be nothing but neurotic kooks.

In all fairness, some of these women may not be intentionally denying the truth.  They may simply be uninformed about the numerous potential consequences of this surgery, even though they might be suffering from many of them. During the first 11 years, this was my experience. In spite of the fact that I was going from doctor to doctor, trying to find out “what’s wrong,” it never occurred to me that all of the seemingly unrelated problems I was living with had been caused by this destructive surgery.

Finally, I started learning the truth: I was stuck with this “disabled” existence for the rest of my life.  At first, I was overwhelmed with anger at the gynecologist who had told me this surgery was absolutely necessary, without telling me I would be left with numerous, unfixable problems. Eventually, I put the anger on a shelf in my mind, and became determined to warn other women and the men who love them.

Hysterectomy and Castration Consequences: Sounding the Alarm

Fairly quickly, I discovered that my truthful warning was almost always met with indifference, disbelief and sometimes ridicule, even with family and friends.  I also learned that this was a common reaction, experienced by many others, who also tried to share truthful warnings. I finally decided that, with rare exceptions, I would share the warning in a written pamphlet, and I would do so anonymously.  Maybe this was cowardly of me, but it was the decision I made, partly because I needed to get on with my life, as best I could. I had a business to run, so I didn’t have the time or energy to “go public” or become a crusader.

And then, there was the medical establishment to contend with. They make billions from this surgery and its aftermath. Consequently, they work very hard to keep the general public uninformed, and they’ve done a very good job of it for decades.  To make matters worse, any woman who seeks help for problems, following hysterectomy and castration, is told that the problems are all in her head, and she should see a psychiatrist. I know this from my own 11-year experience, as well as hearing it from many other victimized women.

If it were men having problems, after their sex organs had been amputated, they would be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the same respect is not extended to women. When it comes to women, in spite of the fact that we have been anatomically altered and psychologically shattered and sexually neutered, doctors tell us the resulting problems are all in our head. Sadly, this same destructive surgery and the same belittling attitude from doctors afterward still happens to hundreds of thousands of women each and every year. When will it end?

Hopefully, the next Generation Can Step Up

Quite often, I remind myself that it took women over 70 years of pleading and reasoning and persecution and suffering jail time before we were finally granted the right to vote. Some fights for justice and equal treatment take a long time.  That’s reality.

Even though this fight must go on, there’s not too much I can do anymore. After 40 years of enduring the damaging consequences of hysterectomy and castration, my physical strength is almost completely gone, to the point that I can barely function. These days, I jokingly describe myself as a physically broken-down old mule with a sparkling personality and a sharp-as-ever mind. It helps if I can laugh about it.

I will never stop caring about the millions of uninformed, unsuspecting women who represent the next potential “crop” of victims, but I don’t have the strength to fight anymore. It’s time for me to leave this struggle in the hands of younger women, and hope they can finally succeed in putting a stop to this legal assault on women.

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4 Comments

  1. Dear Sharon – Sorry to be so slow in responding. The past couple of weeks, I’ve been dealing with another serous health issue; even in the hospital for a few days.

    I just now noticed your comments. It appears you have a good attitude toward everything. Years ago, I decided the only thing I could do was to “suck it up and live brave.” I also searched for natural products that might help some of the problems. Check out my “Confessions Of A Castrated Woman” article. It’s part of my survival approach.

    Even though it ain’t easy, you can survive! I’ve done it for 40 years. I wish you the best.

  2. I really feel your pain and anger. In simple words–I want my body back. My depression went from moderate to severe. What they don’t tell us is that problems increase exponentially as time goes by. Life is almost unbearable sometimes.

    Yes, we are looked upon as “whiners”; even by other women! That hurts most of all. I often wonder if I can live the rest of my life in this alien body and so try to find things that might help to bear with the shell of a woman I now am. I received no instructions on pelvic floor exercises, no discussion of any estrogen replacement (I found an herbal mix after discussing this with my pain management doctor which has helped somewhat)–I was just left with the usual 3 month follow up.

    Really the only thing we can do now is to help other women make INFORMED choices. When asked why they have to remove ALL our female organs, most doctors reply “because it’s always been done that way. It’s the ‘gold standard’ of treatment”. To that I quote Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (worked on UNIVAC and inventor of COBOL programming) who said:

    “The most damaging phrase in the language is: `It’s always been done that way.”

  3. Dear WS – I share your frustration in trying to sound the alarm about the life-long consequences of hysterectomy and castration. It never ceases to amaze me that women tend to believe anyone and everyone except those of us who care enough to warn them. However, my Sweetheart reminded me that if only two of every hundred women who read our warnings are saved from the misery we know to be true, it will have been worth our efforts.

    Staying positive can help a woman survive the numerous after effects, but it can never fix or eliminate them. They simply have to be endured – a crappy situation, I agree!

    Your articles are wonderfully researched and detailed. I encourage any woman searching for information to read every one of them.

  4. A very poignantly written article! My anger at having been tricked into this surgery is still there after 10 years, albeit at a lower level. I doubt it will ever completely dissipate since the effects are 24×7 and new ones continue to crop up.

    There was a point when I realized I had to accept this and make the best of a crappy situation. But, like you, I can and will continue to warn other women. I have been accused of not being positive enough as if that would have prevented the fall-out from this destructive surgery. This is from women who encourage others to have their parts removed versus encouraging them to seek treatments that will preserve their vital organs. I don’t get that mentality!

    I have also written about hysterectomy and oophorectomy here on HormonesMatter. My articles can be found here https://www.hormonesmatter.com/author/ws/.

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