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Most little girls grow up to be hysterectomized.

According to HERS (Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services), more than hail the women in the U.S. will be hysterectomized (have their uterus surgically removed). The average age for women undergoing such surgery is 35.6 years, and hysterectomy is among the most commonly performed major surgeries in the U.S., at a rate of more than 650,000 a year.

Long-term effects of hysterectomy can include osteoporosis, increased risk of heart disease, loss of sexual desire or sensation, bone and joint pain, immobility, chronic fatigue, urinary tract infection or incontinence, emotional changes, depression and loss of short-term memory.

A study by Dr. Joseph Gambone, et al, released April 1, 1992 in the Journal of Obstetries and Gynecology bolsters previous evidence that many hysterectomies are performed unnecessarily. Of 93 undergoing hysterectomies for benign fibroid tumors, it was found that 16 had no symptoms and therefore didn't need a hysterectomy. The same ratio indicates 30,000 of the 175,000 annual hysterectomies for fibroid tumors are unnecessary.

The American College of Gynecology recommends hysterectomies when the tumors make the uterus as big as it would be during the 12th week of pregnancy, even if the woman is experiencing no symptoms.

--For more information about HERS, write 422 Bryn Mawr Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (215/667-7757).
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