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A dose of his own medicine

MagazineJuly 1996 (Vol. 7 Issue 4)A dose of his own medicine

In 1982, when I decided to undergo a minor operation for sterilization, I went to a gynecologist, who took less than two minutes to suggest to me that, due to my age, I should opt for a total hysterectomy to minimize any cancer risk, heavy periods an

In 1982, when I decided to undergo a minor operation for sterilization, I went to a gynecologist, who took less than two minutes to suggest to me that, due to my age, I should opt for a total hysterectomy to minimize any cancer risk, heavy periods an

This suggestion horrified me. In turn, I suggested to this man that he should opt for an early prostatectomy, as it was then a relatively simple operation and most men at the age of 65 have had some prostate problems, and it would reduce the possible risk of cancer at a later stage.

To this, he replied, "That's the one operation I have always dreaded, fearing long term effects, and so far I am fine."

"Well," I said, "so far I am fine and intend to stay that way with my body intact, so I will just opt for the straight sterilization, thank you."

I have often wondered how many women have been advised to be castrated to save time, money and worry later! Name supplied, Kidderminster.....


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