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Best practices in the use of hysterectomy fact sheet  
http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/4000/10304969.pdf

Summarizes evidence-based recommendations for best practices in the management of the discretionary indications for hysterectomy .

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Published: 2002
Ablation  
http://www.cbc.ca/healthmatters/recentstories/CBCHealthMatters-Ablation.html

Discusses the controversies regarding endometrial ablation, in light of a Calgary clinic offering the procedure for electic purposes.

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Published: 2003
Achieving best practices in the use of hysterectomy  
http://www.womenshealthcouncil.on.ca/userfiles/page_attachments/hysterectomy.pdf.pdf

Provides evidence-based recommendations for best practices in the management of the discretionary indications for hysterectomy and addresses issues surrounding the variation in hysterectomy rates across Ontario.

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Published: 2002
C-section on demand: not just a matter of choice  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39509

Examines the question of caesarian section on demand, and argues that data about the effects of unnecessary C-sections is missing and/or incomplete.

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Published: 2004
Too many women getting hysterectomies when less invasive methods exist  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/afi/hysterectomy.html
Argues that women are having hysteretomies too frequently as a first line of treatment for benign uterine conditions. (See Details)
Published: 2003
C-section fight does a u-turn  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/kickers/cesarean.html
Examines the question of caesarian section on demand, and argues that data about the effects of unnecessary C-sections is missing and/or incomplete. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Position statement on elective cesarean section
States that vaginal birth is clearly the safest birth for most women and babies, and that caesarean section on demand will have disastrous social and financial consequences for health.
Published: 2004
Listen to your body: a gynecologist answers women's most intimate questions
Using a question and answer format, this book provides a great deal of information on common gynaecological health and conditions.
Published: 2000
3 in 10 U.S. mothers gave birth by c-section in 2004: sharp, continuing rise defies best evidence and best practice  
http://www.maternitywise.org/cesarean_response.html
Points to important health and financial costs associated with increasingly casual use of major abdominal surgery (caesarean sections) in a primarily healthy population. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Misinformed consent: thirteen women share their secrets of unnecessary hysterectomy
Presents stories from thirteen women about the prejudices and traumas that accompanied their hysterectomies. Provides information on alternative treatments.
Published: 2002