- "You are going to lose your femininity, shrivel up and your hair will fall out," were old wives tales told to Georgia Farish, who at age 28 underwent a hysterectomy. Eighteen years later she's living proof that such tales are false. "I have had no problems. I have never gained weight or had problems with mood swings," she said. "Because I had a positive attitude about it, the surgery didn't bother me because I didn't want any more children." Farish, who had three children "very early and very rapidly" in life, suffered total prolapse. Because her uterus was literally protruding, her physician recommended it be removed. She agreed. Farish's personal experience has proved invaluable in her position. As office manager and secretary to Dr. Gary H. Johnson, a gynecological oncologist, she can respond to the concerns of other women whose experiences aren't as positive.

- "Your uterus is nothing but a baby basket. Since you are not using it anymore, you might as well have it removed," is the word one obstetrician gave to a 60-year-old Murray woman, whose bladder had dropped slightly. Although she had never experienced any "female problems," she underwent the surgery. Today, having gained more information, she believes the operation was needless.

- Another surgeon callously informed a Centerville woman she had fibroids and must have a hysterectomy. The woman, who had a family history of cancer, left the office in tears. Second opinions from two other doctors assured her the problem wasn't serious. A hysterectomy wasn't warranted.