Your doctor is showing this presentation so you can learn about a surgery called laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy. You and your doctor should have already talked about your health and that after the surgery you will not be able to have children.
A vaginal hysterectomy is when the uterus is taken out through the vagina. Laparoscopic means that a special camera is used to see inside your abdomen.
Depending on your wishes, your fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be taken out. This is called a salpingo-oophorectomy (sal - ping - OOfurECTomy).
Although a hysterectomy keeps you from getting pregnant, it is not a reason to have a hysterectomy. Some reasons to have a hysterectomy are:
abnormal uterine bleeding, which is bleeding from your uterus when it is not your period,
fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths on the uterus,
pelvic organ prolapse, which is when your female organs start moving down
We will talk more about these different things later in the presentation.