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Australian TV personality reveals her ‘sadness’ after learning she needed a hysterectomy despite being ‘proudly childless by choice’

Shelly Horton has revealed the shock and heartbreak she felt when her doctor told her she would have to have a hysterectomy.

The Talking Married host requires surgery to remove the woman’s uterus due to severe perimenopausal symptoms and heavy bleeding.

«I’m shocked at how overwhelmed and teary it makes me feel,» the 50-year-old writes in her column for Nine Honey.

Shelly says that even though she never wanted children, she still feels the sadness of losing her reproductive organ.

«I am proudly childless so I am furious this organ I never needed is causing me so much suffering,» she writes.

Shelly Horton (pictured) has revealed the shock and heartache she felt when her doctor told her she would have to have a hysterectomy.

«I also feel a mixture of anger, sadness and a sense of betrayal by my own body.»

Shelly emphasized that «a womb does not define a woman» and added that her story is «a call to action for all of us to redefine womanhood beyond biological functions.»

Horton has been open in the past about why she and her husband don’t want to have children, and they’re perfectly content raising a family that includes two dogs instead.

But the Australian journalist admitted she was shaken by an email from a troll who called Horton an «obese feminist» who he would like to see «get off the telly».

Shelly says that even though she never wanted children, she still feels the sadness of losing her reproductive organ

The entire email read: ‘I’m so happy you don’t have kids, just getting you off the telly now would be the best Christmas present a man could ask for. An obese feminist is nothing to be proud of.

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What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause means «around menopause» and refers to the time when your body naturally transitions into menopause, marking the end of your reproductive years.

Women start perimenopause at different ages

Sometime in your 40s, you may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity. But some women notice changes as early as their 30s

Source: mayoclinic

“Trolls don’t normally bother me. I get messages like this a lot, as do most women in the media,» she said the next day.

«But I’ve been working very long hours on some big new projects (plus one hell of a night at the Logies) so I was tired and it got under my skin.»

Shelly recently touched on suffering from anxiety and bouts of «extreme emotion» as a result of perimenopause.

Perimenopause refers to the time when your body transitions into menopause, which marks the end of your reproductive years.

In May, the usually bright and bubbly personality took to Instagram with a tearful video in which she admitted she felt overwhelmed and «didn’t bounce back» like she used to.

Horton revealed that when she first started experiencing perimenopause symptoms, she turned into a completely different person.

Her personality and «go get ‘em» attitude gave way to waves of sadness and even an inability to get out of bed.

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