Women's Stories About Unnecessary Hysterectomy
by Lise Cloutier-Steele
Foreword by Stanley T. West, M.D.
Overview by Mary Anne Wyatt
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Introducing a new book to help women and their significant others make an informed choice about hysterectomy.
By the age of sixty, about one third of all North American women have had a hysterectomy. Most of these procedures are elective, agreed to by women whose doctors said that the uterus has no value beyond reproduction, and that the lost hormones can be replaced artificially.
They are not told that hysterectomy and ovary removal is female castration. They are not warned that hysterectomies can be responsible for dramatic physical and mental anguish in many of the women they have been performed on. They are not told that there are less invasive, more progressive treatments. They are not encouraged to recognize that, in agreeing to this life-altering and irreversible surgery, they may be agreeing to physical, sexual, and psychological mutilation.
In Misinformed Consent, Lise Cloutier-Steele has joined a group of other survivors to speak out about the prejudices and the traumas that accompanied their hysterectomies. Combining these moving personal experiences with reliable advice on alternative treatments, a medical terminology section for easy reference, a list of questions women should ask their doctors before agreeing to the surgery, and a comprehensive resources section, Misinformed Consent will empower women everywhere to demand better and more honest care.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lise Cloutier-Steele is a professional writer and editor, who has herself had a traumatic experience with hysterectomy. She is the author of Living and Learning with a Child Who Stutters. And she is the recipient of a Canada 125 Award in recognition of a significant contribution to the community and to Canada for her volunteer efforts to help the parents of children who stutter.
"In order to ensure that we and our physicians become better informed, this poignant book begins with a strong demand for change and ends with a comprehensive list of resources that help women better protect themselves".
Jane Pincus, Co-author of "Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century" and Co-founder of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective
"Should be read by every woman contemplating a hysterectomy."
Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D.,
author of Be an Outrageous Older Woman
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