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Escola Anna Nery

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NUNES, Maria da Penha da Rosa Silveira et al. Women's representatives about hysterectomy in their lives. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.3, pp.574-581. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-81452009000300017.

This is an exploratory-descriptive and qualitative study realized with the objective to know the social representations expressed by women who did hysterectomy and also, to identify some of the factors that interfere in their lives twelve women who did hysterectomy were the informers of a university hospital from Rio Grande do Sul. Data were collected in September and October of 2006 through interviews and they were analyzed by the thematic content. Two categories were identified: Hysterectomy's negatives and positives representations in women's lives. Both of them are referring to the uterus' meaning and to the woman's life context. The negative representations are due to prejudices, inability to become mothers and in the sexual disinterest, with its possible interferences on conjugal life. The positive ones result from the way women feel after the surgery which is good and the life quality improvement. It is necessary to give some space to the discussion about living without a uterus focusing to prevent conjugal and personal conflicts.

Keywords : Hysterectomy; Woman health; Sexuality.

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