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Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is an operation to take out the womb (uterus). It's a major operation, but doctors do it much less now than they did in the past, because other treatments are available. Except for cancer of the womb (uterine cancer), a hysterectomy is usually only done if other treatments haven't worked. After a hysterectomy, you won't have periods and you won't be able to become pregnant.

Your surgeon will always discuss the surgery with you and what you can expect.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

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