Every year in the U.S., over half a million women undergo hysterectomy and approximately 75% of those women also undergo ovary removal (castration). Approximately 60 seconds, a woman loses her vital sex organs via these mutilating irreversible surgeries; making hysterectomy the second most performed surgery in the U.S. It is estimated that as many as 90% of all hysterectomies performed are medically unnecessary and approximately only 1% are life-saving. There have been numerous studies conducted beginning in the late 1970’s regarding the link between ovary removal and early death. There is conclusive evidence that ovary removal is linked to early death from any cause and primarily from heart disease and lung cancer.
Of course, there are many more consequences of hysterectomy and ovary removal such as loss of sexual desire and function, eye problems (including loss of vision), mood swings, chronic fatigue, severe and even suicidal depression, displacement of pelvic organs, bladder prolapse, bone and muscle loss, nerve damage, rapid aging, etc., Other than possible bone loss, none of these findings or consequences are included in the patient hysterectomy information pamphlet that ACOG publishes for the purpose of informing women about hysterectomy and ovary removal.
The United States leads all other countries in performing hysterectomy and castration; due largely to American women being 'kept in the dark' regarding the serious and irreversible consequences of undergoing a surgery they most likely do not even need. Since women's reproductive organs are hormone producing organs, there is never a time when they don't need them. Quite simply, women's reproductive organs are life-sustaining.
Please sign this petition and tell ACOG that it is not acceptable to keep vital information regarding the severe consequences of hysterectomy and ovary removal from women who are considering this surgery. Please tell ACOG President Jeanne A. Conry M.D. that it is both ethically and morally wrong to purposely omit this critical information.
I personally want to thank you for signing and sharing this important petition. There can be no doubt that over half a million women each year would never agree to hysterectomy and ovary removal if they were truly informed of the severe consequences - physically, mentally, sexually and financially.