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Can J Psychiatry. 1985 Feb;30(1):44-7.

Anxiety, fears and depression related to hysterectomy.


One-hundred and two women undergoing a hysterectomy for reasons other than cancer were interviewed pre-operatively. Fifty-three of them filled out the Spielberger State and Trait Anxiety Scale (STAI). Women who had high anxiety scores were more likely to be depressed, both before and after the operation. Depression occurred also more often in women who had emergency hysterectomies and in women who had expressed, pre-operatively, some fears of possible change in their sexual life after the operation.

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