LISE CLOUTIER-STEELE is a communications specialist and a
professional writer and editor, who has herself had a traumatic
experience with hysterectomy. She is the author of Living and Learning
with a Child Who Stutters. And she is the recipient of a Canada 125 Award
in recognition of a significant contribution to the community. She has appeared on
Canada AM, the Womens Television Network, The Phil Donahue Show,
The Body and Health Show, and several other media to talk about the
important topic of unnecessary hysterectomy in North America.
Author of Misinformed Consent: Women's Stories About Unnecessary Hysterectomies.
Five Members Will Receive Free Copies of Lise's Book
Did You Know?
By the age of sixty, about one third of all North American women have
had a hysterectomy, and they are often encouraged to surrender
their ovaries at the same time. Most of these procedures are
elective, agreed to by women whose doctors said that the uterus
and/or the ovaries have no value beyond reproduction, and
that the lost hormones can be replaced artificially. Doctors would not
recommend the removal of a male patients testicles once his family
was complete, so why do we continue to subject women to
In Misinformed Consent, Lise Cloutier-Steele has joined other survivors
to speak out about the prejudices and the traumas that accompanied
their hysterectomies. In combining their moving personal stories,
the women of Misinformed Consent hope to:
* Enlighten readers with honest accounts on the impact that
surgical castration can have on a womans sexuality
* Dispel the myth that all women feel wonderful after a
hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy;
* Provide information on alternative treatments
* Warn others against the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy;
* Offer validation to those who suffer greatly from the
aftereffects of hysterectomy and oophorectomy
* Empower women everywhere to demand better and more honest care.
Meet and Talk With Lisa Cloutier-Steele Thursday,
at 9 PM (ET)
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