This hopefully clears up any confusion! I know I have to explain this often to people who ask. I often find it just easier to say that I had my uterus and cervix removed as most people assume total means ovaries as well. I think this explores a deeper issue though. I think as a society we have little understanding of ‘lady parts’ and what those parts do. I know I did…until I needed to learn it due to my medical ‘issues’. I think it would be so much easier if we were talking about these things on a regular basis, not just when complications arise.
Many times while talking to people and patients I will hear them talk about total hysterectomy. When I ask them what their definition of total hysterectomy is many of them tell me, “It’s when the uterus, tubes and ovaries get taken out — everything.”
Before we go any further NO NO NO NO NO NO and more NO.
Total hysterectomy is when the uterus — ALL of the uterus is taken out — the total uterus which includes the cervix; this does NOT include the ovaries or the tubes. The ovaries and the tubes are NOT part of the uterus. The cervix is part of the uterus. They may all be friends, or in some cases enemies, but they are different things … and although the uterus and friends may all be removed at one time, like a package deal, they are individuals.
If you are talking about EVERYTHING…
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