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        Over 600,000 hysterectomies (a.k.a. female castration) are

performed in the United States annually.  It is estimated that

approximately 90 percent of those are unnecessary. 

The United States performs more hysterectomies annually than

any other country in the world.  To put that into perspective,

women in the United States are four times more likely to have a hysterectomy than women in Europe.  Please familiarize yourself with The H.E.R.S. Foundation website if you are considering this surgery.  Nora Coffey started this foundation 31 years ago to help women make informed decisions regarding the lifelong effects such intervention has on the body.  It is the most concise, comprehensive and thorough resource regarding hysterectomies I have found thus far.

        Additionally, there are a few pieces of information most women do not know regarding gynecologic screening, which I acquired during several phone consultations I had with Ms. Coffey, an in-person consultation with Dr. William Parker, as well as separate research I did on my own.  Transvaginal ultrasounds are most effective if done one to two days following menstruation.  The endometrium (which is the lining of the uterus) thickens and sloughs off throughout the month.  The endometrium is thinnest following menstruation.  The endometrial stripe measurement should read somewhere under 8 millimeters.  This is a significant piece of diagnostic information.  If you find that statistic missing from your transvaginal ultrasound report, contact the imaging facility immediately, ask for the manager, and insist the radiological doctor re-review your images and provide you with that very important number.

        Endometrial biopsies should be done one week prior to menstruation.  The endometrium is at its thickest just prior to menstruation.  The most benign finding is endometrial hyperplasia without atypia.  It just means the lining has some proliferation with no cancerous cells detected.  No big deal.  Oftentimes, the simple addition of progesterone hormone should clear this up, AND reducing excess estrogen exposure from inorganic and genetically-modified foods, household cleansers, unnatural body and beauty products, excess belly fat, et cetera.

        I personally am opposed to endometrial ablation in any form.  Why?  The body’s main hint that there is a gynecologic problem is irregular bleeding.  Endometrial ablation burns the lining of the uterus, rendering it unable to bleed.  Keep in mind, the body is still menstruating because those organs are still in place.  Many women complain about abdominal bloating and pain many months and years following that procedure.  My unanswered question is, “Where does the blood go?”  Maybe I don’t want to know.  All I know is this:  I want my body to be able to tell me if something is amiss, so I shall keep my uterus the way it is, thank you very much.

        Hopefully, the information I have shared with you here has given you some power.  I decided to share this with you because I thought I’d spare you the many hundreds of hours of research throughout the course of the past year, and many thousands of dollars I spent ferreting out this data.

 Working hard for happy female organs,