Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


There is extensive psychiatric literature on the psychological effects of hysterectomy on both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women, but a careful search covering the last ten years and beyond reveals no references to the impact of hysterectomy during adolescence. There is also nothing on this subject in the gynecological literature of the last ten years. Obviously, the incidence of severe pathology necessitating hysterectomy is extremely rare. However, there can be little doubt that a procedure of such symbolic magnitude at an age when a young woman is trying to integrate her personality, emerge as an autonomous sexual being, and experiencing a recrudescence of her infantile conflicts must have tremendous impact.

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