Is abuse an indicator for hysterectomy?

This research survey is trying to help me find out whether women who have been abused in some way are more likely to have a hysterectomy than those who haven’t been abused.

Over the last 20 years, a significant number of women have talked to me by email, the old forums and a help line I used to run, about experiencing some form of abuse in their past history. They talk about this topic in general, rather than in relation to their current health or surgery. The number was large enough to make me wonder if there is a link between experiencing different types of abuse (as an adult or in childhood) and having a hysterectomy; and I would really appreciate your help to work out whether this needs more in-depth research.

For over 22 years the Hysterectomy Association pioneered research into the areas of women’s health impact that are underfunded and under-represented in the current UK health landscape. The aim, was to provide a body of evidence that helps improve the lives and health of women in the future. I am continuing that work on this site so that I can help others lobby for changes in the way women are treated and supported through their health choices.

You don’t need to have been abused in any way, or had a hysterectomy, to take the survey, in fact it helps if it is more representative of the population as a whole. It shouldn’t take more than 3-5 minutes to complete and will help me hugely put together a more formal research project, if the survey shows there is a link.

Thanks, in advance for helping.


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