Book Review

The Ultimate Rape: What Every Woman Shoud Know about Hysterectomies and Ovarian Removal

Elizabeth L. Plourde, MT, MA
New Voice Publications

Excellent resource for patients faced with the possibility of hysterectomy

Plourde presents a wide array of information for women faced with the decision of hysterectomy and prophylactic ovarian removal. She presents the pros and cons, myths and realities, and alternatives of this irreversible decision. Together with personal experiences, she exposes the detrimental short- and longterm consequences that can arise from these often unnecessary surgeries. Although her story is told with bias, her book is well referenced and offers women a wealth of information about what happens to the body after these procedures, both physically and hormonally. She includes chapters on depression, fibromyalgia, sexuality, bladder and bowel problems, osteoporosis, and heart disease. As a point of interest to pharmacists, her chapter on HRT only brushes the surface of the natural options available for treatment and prevention of menopausal symptoms. It lacks crucial information and leaves one wondering why she hasn’t found a compounding pharmacist to help her in her struggles with fine tuning her hormonal problems. Overall, it is an excellent resource for women faced with these life-changing decisions; but make sure to educate patients about all options for HRT when they buy this book.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Sep/Oct 1999