Anoushka Shankar undergoes hysterectomy; shares heartfelt post on social media about her struggle

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NEW DELHI: Well-known sitar player Anoushka Shankar revealed on Friday that she ‘no longer has a uterus‘.

In a detailed Twitter post, the 38-year-old music composer said that she had a double uterus surgery last month. She titled her post ‘Lady-Bits’. “Swipe to read about why I no longer have a uterus, and why I decided to tell you,” her caption read.

She explained the nature of her surgery. The first kind was a hysterectomy (removal of uterus due to large fibroids, among others reasons), performed by gynaecological-oncologist, which made her ‘uterus as big as if it were six months pregnant’. She then mentioned that another incredible surgeon removed multiple, benign tumours from her abdomen. “One tumour had grown through her muscles, and was visibly protruding from her stomach. There were 13 tumours in all,” she wrote.

Anoushka, daughter of Ravi Shankar, revealed that she went into a short-term depression when she first heard the news. “The news triggered fears about my womanliness, my possible desire to have more children in the future, the fear of dying in surgery and leaving my kids without a mother, the effect the changes may have on my sex life and more,” she listed everything that worried her.

She further expressed surprise to find out that there were many women who went through hysterectomy. “I wondered why the surgery wasn’t talked about more if it was so common. When I asked, one woman, said in response, ‘Well, we aren’t exactly going to flash our lady-bits everywhere, are we?’,” she expressed concern.

“I look back and grieve for my younger self and all the girls I knew, for how much we were expected to cope with in silence. I’ve always thought of myself as someone who comfortably shares most thoughts and experiences. Yet I look back and realise I allowed my internalised embarrassment and shame around sexual health, and my period, in particular, to remain unchallenged all these years,” she added.

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