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HysterSisters Hysterectomy Trends

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July 1, 2014

Since 2003, HysterSisters.com has invited its members to participate in a member survey about their hysterectomy experience. To date, about 170,000 women (all members of HysterSisters.com) have voluntarily participated in the survey, providing us with a wealth of information about hysterectomy trends.

Questions we ask include:
  • What is the reason or suspected reason for your hysterectomy?
  • Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What kind?
  • What kind of hysterectomy will/did you have?
  • Did you get a second opinion before having a hysterectomy?
  • Did/Will you keep cervix?
  • Did/Will you keep ovaries?
  • Have you had a tubal ligation?
  • Will/Do you use hormone replacement therapy?

Our Terms of Service requires one membership per woman (cookies, IP watches, and other tools are used to maintain a One-per-person membership rule). Women who register and do not finalize registration are deleted at the end of every week.

Below, we have compiled and aggregated statistics based on answers from three of the member survey questions from 2004-2013.

Cervix Statistics 2004-2013

Women Keeping the Cervix

Our numbers show very little variation from year to year in the number of women choosing to keep their cervix.
  • In 2004, 16% kept their cervix.
  • In 2013, 19% kept their cervix.
  • Overall, 18.7% kept their cervix between 2004 and 2013.

Cervix Statistics 2004-2013

Women Keeping Ovaries

Our numbers show that more and more women are choosing to keep their ovaries whenever possible.
  • In 2004, 38.6% of respondents kept one or both of their ovaries.
  • In 2013, 52% percent or respondents kept one or both.
  • Overall, 47.8% percent kept either one or both of their ovaries between 2004-2013.
  • Overall, number of HysterSisters members keeping their ovaries in this time period has increased by 35 percent.

Hysterectomy Type

Type of Hysterectomy

This graph to the left shows the trends of the three main types of hysterectomies—abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic— among HysterSisters members from 2004-2013. The unknown category includes women who had either not planned or not decided on a type of procedure when they took the survey.

The steady increase of laparoscopic hysterectomies is attributed, in part, to the introduction of the daVinci robot in 2008. As shown in the graph below, our numbers show a significant increase (about 13 percent) in daVinci robotic hysterectomies between 2010 and 2013.

daVinci trend 2010-2013

Other laparoscopic methods include:
  • Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH)
  • Supracervical laparoscopic hysterectomy (LSH) or subtotal vaginal hysterectomy (SVH)
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) or Laparo-endoscopic single-site (LESS)

About HysterSisters

HysterSisters is a woman-owned, "social advocacy" health education company dedicated to medical and emotional issues surrounding the hysterectomy experience and gynecologic-related conditions and illnesses, supporting women from diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery. Since 1998, HysterSisters has provided personalized support, dispersed educational materials, and conducted research--all at no cost to the women who visit our website.

Each day over 30,000 members and visitors come to HysterSisters.com to find informational articles and videos that answer their most pressing concerns about hysterectomy procedures, alternative treatments, hormone replacement therapy, and more. "Hysterectomy Checkpoints" allow women to browse customized information through their hysterectomy timeline, while community forums provide an environment for members to share personal experiences with gynecologic illnesses and receive support from other women. Today, in partnership with physicians across the country, HysterSisters is the leading company for hysterectomy information and support.

07-01-2014 - 04:20 PM


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