Hysterectomy and tubal ligation.
M Ryan, L Dennerstein
Adv Psychosom Med | Published : 1986
Because of the reproductive organs' identification with sexuality and childbearing, gynecologic surgery can be a stressful experience for women. This article reviews the research on the psychological sequelae of tubal ligation and hysterectomy. Overall, the research suggests that factors such as age, marital problems, parity, previous psychiatric history and personality problems, the timing of surgery, and pathways to surgery can help to identify women who may be at risk for adverse sequelae following tubal ligation. The literature also indicates that the decision to undergo tubal sterilization should be taken only by patients who are well informed about its effect and outcome. Although seve..View full abstract