Book Review

Misinformed Consent

Women's Stories about Unnecessary Hysterectomy

by Lise Cloutier-Steele


Millions of Unnecessary Hysterectomies:
Old News / Big Business / Ruined Lives

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 patient’s testicles once his family was complete, so why do we continue to subject women to unnecessary castration?

In Misinformed Consent, by 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 woman’s 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;

  • warn others against the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy;

  • offer validation to those who suffer greatly from the after effects of hysterectomy and oophorectomy; and

  • empower women everywhere to demand better and more honest care.

“In order to ensure that we and our physicians become better informed, this poignant book begins with a strong demand for change and ends with a comprehensive list of resources that will help women better protect themselves.”

-- Jane Pincus

Co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century,
and Co-founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

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 the recipient of the Canada 125 Award in recognition of a significant contribution to the community for her volunteer efforts to help the parents of children who stutter.  Her appearances include Canada AM, Women’s 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.

Misinformed Consent includes a foreword by Dr. Stanley T. West of New York, a reproductive medicine specialist, and the author of The Hysterectomy Hoax.  It also includes an overview by Mary Anne Wyatt (SU member) of Massachusetts, a researcher in molecular biology and electrochemistry.

Journalists: To arrange for an interview with Lise Cloutier-Steele, Dr. Stanley West, or Mary Anne Wyatt, please contact the publisher at Next Decade, Inc., (800) 595-5440 or (908) 879-6625 email:


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