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Revista chilena de obstetricia y ginecología

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URRUTIA, María Teresa et al. Histerectomía: la experiencia de no tener útero para un grupo de mujeres chilenas. Rev. chil. obstet. ginecol. [online]. 2013, vol.78, n.4, pp.262-268. ISSN 0717-7526.

Background: The uterus has been described as a feminine symbol, sexuality and reproduction, therefore the hysterectomy has a multiple meaning by the woman. Aims: To describe the meaning that hysterectomy has by a group of hysterectomized women. Method: Qualitative study with 52 hysterectomized women. By the data collection interviews and focus group was used. Results: It were identified 6 dimensions: previous symptoms, sense of wellness of not having uterus, beliefs and myths, the meaning of uterus and surgery, fear and sexuality. Hysterectomy only like a disease solution would be and slanted vision about the reality that the woman live, and therefore moved away of the needs that they and their partners have. Conclusion: The health care professionals must understand the complex process that means her to assume herself like hysterectomized woman.

Keywords : Hysterectomy; meaning; education; beliefs; myths; sexuality.

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