THE H WORD takes an unflinching look at the complex environment of hysterectomy, and those who enable it. It explores issues of money, sex, and power in the most common non-obstetric surgery performed in America.
Perhaps most importantly, THE H WORD reveals the HERS Foundation's initiative to stop the century-old practice of unwarranted hysterectomy and female castration from becoming the legacy of another generation of women and girls.
Just as the Masters and Johnson classic Human Sexual Response revolutionized the way society thinks about female sexuality, THE H WORD revolutionizes our understanding of female anatomy and the functions of the female organs. THE H WORD provides a wide range of information about how to avoid hysterectomy, while providing strategies to help women cope with some of the common problems they experience after the surgery.
Nora W. Coffey founded the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services Foundation (HERS) in 1982. She has lectured at medical schools, nursing schools, and Women's Studies conferences, has been a guest on talk shows and news programs (Oprah, 20/20), and has been interviewed in most major newspapers and magazines. Rick Schweikert's play un becoming, about the physical, political, economic, and social impact of hysterectomy, premiered Off Broadway in 2004. They led HERS' 51-city, 51-week Protest & Play tour, which is the backdrop for THE H WORD.