What Is a Hysterectomy? Your Guide to This Procedure

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of all or part of the uterus. The uterus, also known as the womb, is the organ where a fetus grows during pregnancy. After a hysterectomy has been performed, a person will no longer be able to become pregnant, nor will they experience menstrual periods.

In the United States, hysterectomies are the second most common reproductive surgical procedure, following Cesarean sections. Over 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, and by the age of 60, one in three adults assigned female at birth in the United States report having had some type of hysterectomy. Keep reading to learn about the different reasons hysterectomies might be recommended, along with what this procedure can entail.