From ancient times until the modern technological age, healthcare was mostly for, about and by women. The
wonder of the reproductive cycle, the miracle of birth and the powerless mystery of death were the domains of
women who watched over them. Before the dawn of patriarchy, women were the natural healers and guardians
of the mysteries and stories of the people. Women looked to the earth from where life began and where the
food for sustaining life was grown for help in healing the ill.
About one-third of American women will
eventually have a hysterectomy, the second
most common surgery after cesarean
section. Why so common? Basically,
hysterectomy can cure a variety of uterine problems:
✿ Fibroids. Hysterectomy is most often recommended
for serious cases of fibroids (benign tumors
that grow in the uterus wall). Fibroids can grow
large and may cause great pain and heavy bleeding.
Depending on the severity, physicians and patients
may decide to try treatments other than hysterectomy.
In a surgery called myomectomy, the fibroids
are removed but the uterus stays in place.
Abnormal uterine bleeding may be caused by: hormonal factors, complications of pregnancy, systemic diseases, endometrial abnormalities (polyps), uterine or cervical problems (leiomyomas), or cancer. The pattern of abnormal bleeding is often very helpful in determining the etiology; thus, a number of terms differentiate the various types of abnormal uterine bleeding. Menorrhagia (hypermenorrhea) is prolonged or heavy menstrual flow that may be further complicated by clots.