GYN Surgery Knowledge Gap Hampers Women’s Decisions

September 15, 2015

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More Than 1.6 Million Women in the United States Need GYN Surgery Annually, But Few Know What’s At Stake

A recent national survey commissioned by The Center for Innovative GYN Care revealed that more than half of women in the U.S. are unclear about GYN conditions and surgical procedures. Read more in the press release.

Highlights from the survey

Many Women Don’t Know What Happens With Their Bodies

Up to 80 percent of women will have fibroids by age 50, and over 5 million women suffer from endometriosis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Understanding how these conditions affect overall health is essential for women making decisions about treatment. The 2015 study served to clarify knowledge gaps women have about gynecological conditions and surgical treatment.

Among the findings:

Fear of Invasive GYN Surgery & Knowledge Gap of New Options Hamper Women’s Decisions

Over 500,000 hysterectomies will be performed this year. Women today do not need to have their mother’s hysterectomy, and hysterectomy is not the only surgical option for women with GYN conditions.

The study showed that women expect significant body or lifestyle changes with GYN surgery that could delay necessary treatment.

It is essential for women to be able to make the best decisions about their bodies and health. Many GYN conditions are common, and misinformation can create confusion and lead women to choose invasive surgical procedures that are unnecessary.

Get the most up to date information at GYNSurgeryInfo.org

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