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Exploring Post-Surgical Decision Attitudes Among Young Women Electing Hysterectomy

Seeking to understand the lived experiences of women who chose to have a hysterectomy…

Participants for this study include women of any age who chose to have a hysterectomy between the ages of 18 and 40 for a non cancerous health issue. This includes, to name a few: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), non cancerous ovarian and uterine cysts or fibroids, etc. Types of hysterectomy procedures include: Removal of one or both ovaries leaving uterus and cervix intact; removal of one or both ovaries and Fallopian tubes; removal of one or both ovaries, Fallopian tubes, cervix and uterus; or, removal of Fallopian tubes, cervix and uterus leaving one or both ovaries intact.

Women interested in participating in this study will be invited to participate in a short 10-15 minute inclusion questionnaire which will ask questions about your procedure and related health issue. After completing the questionnaire, women will be invited to participate in a face-to-face interview which will be conducted on Zoom. The interview will be recorded for the researcher to use in transcribing responses to the questions. For confidentiality purposes, no one other than the researcher will view your interview. No identifying information will be used in the interview. Per confidentiality and IRB requirements, recorded and transcribed interviews will be kept confidential on a password required drive, only accessible by the researcher, and destroyed after 7 years.

Each participant will receive a copy of their transcribed interview to review for 7 days. Each participants will have an opportunity to review and make sure the researcher captured their true experience. Participants will have an opportunity to add anything at that time. The researcher will complete the study by reviewing all participants' experiences and identify if their are any common experiences and whether experiences were positive or negative. This will be presented in the findings of the study.
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