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Am I Less of a Woman after a Hysterectomy?
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Does not having a uterus make me less of a woman?
After a hysterectomy, many women feel a sense of loss. Regardless of their age, whether or not they have had a child, whether or not they ever wanted a child, how settled they are in their career, or even how much their uterus pained them. They feel a loss of possibility, a loss of choice, and a loss of femininity.
These emotions can be very strong. If you feel them, it is important for you to know and accept that they are normal and reasonable—especially right after your surgery. You need to allow yourself to grieve this loss; this is the only way to allow the healing process to start.
Know that your body parts do not define you as a real woman. You are female in your brain and heart, much more so than in your belly. Being a woman is written in your very cells, in every strand of your DNA code. Nothing can change that. All women become infertile eventually; as a HysterSister, you just did so a bit sooner because of a surgery that was necessary to make you healthier.
If your feelings of grief and sadness do not lighten with time, please seek a counselor or talk to your doctor
or your clergy person. You can also visit the HysterSisters Aching Hearts forum
to connect with others who are feeling as you do.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
12-11-2013 - 07:29 PM
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