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Hysterectomy and sexual wellbeing

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:108

Authors' reply

  1. Jan-Paul Roovers, registrar (,
  2. C Huub van der Vaart, consultant,
  3. A Peter M Heintz, professor of gynaecology,
  4. Johanna G van der Bom, assistant professor of epidemiology
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, 3584 CX Utrecht, Netherlands
  2. Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht

    EDITOR—We emphasise that we never intended to suggest that hysterectomy might be a treatment for sexual problems. Indeed, our study does not predict improvement for every individual woman.

    In contrast to Bradford's interpretation, we directly measured sexual satisfaction (methods section, p 775). In the appendix we presented only the questions of the questionnaire that …

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