In women who are past childbearing age or who have completed their families, an operation to remove the womb (hysterectomy) is occasionally carried out for persistent or severe abnormal cervical cells, which are also known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). Women who have not yet had the menopause will have the opportunity to discuss with their consultant whether to have their ovaries removed.
We interviewed two women who had a hysterectomy because they had persistent abnormal cervical cells.
These women had previously had a variety of treatments to remove their abnormal cervical cells. After these treatments they experienced recurrences of abnormal cells and they were advised by their consultant to have a hysterectomy.
Laura explains how she felt when she had another abnormal test result after having LLETZ and a...
A hysterectomy can be an emotional experience for some women, both before and after the operation. Being provided with sufficient information about the procedure and what to expect, was suggested by the women we interviewed as way to help to take away some of the anxiety some women experienced.
Laura felt very tearful before her hysterectomy and since coming home from hospital she has felt...
So do you know why you were crying?
She was surprised how well she felt after her hysterectomy. She was not upset about needing a...
So he did the hysterectomy and I had a lovely 10 weeks off work or something which was very nice and I felt no ill effects. I was amazed at how, how I had no pain and no real discomfort. It was, it was remarkably easy. And I didn't feel particularly upset at losing at what were by then redundant parts of me. I'd had a couple of kids which was what I wanted and so they'd done their job fine. So I think that wasn't an upsetting experience.
Laura describes her recovery from her hysterectomy in hospital and at home.
Last reviewed October 2015.
Last updated February 2013.