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Holly Willoughby blasts ‘unforgivable’ blunder after doctor asked woman if she’s had period since hysterectomy

Holly Willoughby has expressed her horror after finding out that a woman who had a full hysterectomy was asked by a doctor if she has had a period since, describing the careless mistake as ‘unforgivable’.

On Wednesday’s edition of This Morning, Holly and Phillip Schofield were joined by Dr Philippa Kaye as they spoke to callers who are experiencing symptoms of the menopause.

One of the callers, Helen, contacted the ITV programme from Middlesex, explaining that she underwent an unexpected full hysterectomy in February last year.

Recalling how she went into the menopause on Valentine’s Day, Helen said that ‘they put me straight onto the oestrogen gel while I was still in the hospital, and that’s all I’ve been on since’.

‘I haven’t seen a doctor at all since then, and I’ve been trying to see my GP. I’ve desperately been trying,’ Helen told the trio.

She then revealed an incident that left the presenters in shock, recollecting: ‘They put me through to what they called a hub doctor, an out of hours GP, who actually looked at my notes, realised I’d had a hysterectomy, and his first question was: “Have you had a period since your hysterectomy?”’

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Phillip and Holly couldn’t believe the huge error the doctor made (Picture: ITV)

Dr Philippa looked utterly bemused by the revelation, simply saying ‘Ok’ as she absorbed what she’d just heard.

‘What?!’ Phillip asked, looking incredibly baffled, as Holly said: ‘Wow’ and Helen stated: ‘That’s kind of what I’m dealing with.’

Holly appeared to shift uncomfortably in her seat as she said: ‘Which is just unforgivable actually, isn’t it?’

On the NHS website, it outlines that a hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the uterus being removed.

Women who have undergone hysterectomies can no longer have periods, nor can they become pregnant.

Hysterectomies can be carried out for a variety of reasons, including as part of treatment for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer and non-cancerous tumours.

Several This Morning viewers tweeted in response to Helen’s call, sharing their personal experiences of going through the menopause and undergoing hysterectomies.

One person wrote: ‘I had a full hysterectomy in my twenties and went straight into the menopause, I got no help from my doctor and was just left to get on with it,’ adding: ‘I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called for a smear test or asked if I was pregnant.’

‘A Doctor not knowing that a total hysterectomy means no more periods is absolutely terrifying and unforgivable,’ someone else said.

Another viewer shared that they once asked a woman who had a hysterectomy whether she wanted more children, stating: ‘That day in the pub became an education.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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