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Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is an operation to take out your womb (uterus). It's a major operation. Doctors do it much less now than they did in the past, because other treatments are available.

Unless you have cancer of the womb (uterine cancer), doctors will only do a hysterectomy 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 September 2021.

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