Hysterectomy will be shown on TV for the first time in new Channel 5 women’s health series

Hysterectomy will be shown on TV for the first time in new Channel 5 women’s health series

  • Channel 5 will show retired teacher Gillian Libretto having surgery
  • She suffered a prolapse after three complicated pregnancies
  • Viewers will watch her undergo the procedure at New Victoria Hospital
  • Ms Libretto wanted to be on the show to educate young women

A woman undergoing a hysterectomy will be shown on TV for the first time this week as part of a women’s health series.

Channel 5 will show retired teacher Gillian Libretto undergoing surgery without sedation.

She suffered a prolapse following three complicated pregnancies between the ages of 34 and 42, when she was considered a “geriatric mother”.

In Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos, viewers will see her undergo the procedure to remove her uterus at New Victoria Hospital, Kingston, Surrey. Next, she is filmed holding the organ, which she says made her “emotional”.

Ms Libretto, 75, says she wanted to be on the show to educate young women about the risks of having babies later in life. She told the Mail on Sunday: “The cameraman was like, ‘Oh my God, wow. It was an education for him to see that and it interested me a lot. I would like to be part of a women’s health education program.

“I find that so many people, and especially women who are going to give birth, are so unaware of their bodies and I feel very guilty as an educator.

“I hoped that by participating in the program, I could not only help educate women, but be a source of information for women who might be going through it right now.

“Also, I was having babies at an age when I probably shouldn’t have been. Women have babies later in life, and they need to be warned that the older they are, the more they tend to to have gynecological problems.

“I guess it’s about educating women, giving them all the information they need to make the right decisions about their bodies.”

In the programme, hosted by Cherry Healey, viewers will see Ms Libretto explain her feelings while holding her uterus.

She says it moved her because she was saying goodbye to a part of her body that had allowed her to become a mother.

In the programme, hosted by Cherry Healey, pictured, viewers will see Ms Libretto explain her feelings while holding her womb

The program is part of a series hosted by Ms Healey whose Channel 5 bosses are hoping to end taboos on women’s health issues.

Ms Healey was also present for the operation and said: ‘We filmed with Gillian when she was having a hysterectomy and she volunteered to stay awake during that, and she kindly let me watch her. It was amazing.

“I’m disgusted, but I thought, ‘I have to do this. When will I have this opportunity again? ‘

Other issues covered in the series include fibroid removal, incontinence, and perimenopause.

  • Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos airs Tuesday to Friday on Channel 5 at 7 p.m.

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