Background: The uterus has been described as a feminine symbol, sexuality and reproduction, therefore the hysterectomy has a multiple meaning by the woman. Aims: To describe the meaning that hysterectomy has by a group of hysterectomized women. Method: Qualitative study with 52 hysterectomized women. By the data collection interviews and focus group was used. Results: It were identified 6 dimensions: previous symptoms, sense of wellness of not having uterus, beliefs and myths, the meaning of uterus and surgery, fear and sexuality. Hysterectomy only like a disease solution would be and slanted vision about the reality that the woman live, and therefore moved away of the needs that they and their partners have. Conclusion: The health care professionals must understand the complex process that means her to assume herself like hysterectomized woman.
|Translated title of the contribution||Hysterectomy: The experience of having no uterus for a group of Chilean women|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Revista Chilena de Obstetricia y Ginecologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology