A hysterectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus, has long been seen as a permanent solution for many recurring medical issues, such as persistent vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis.
American women undergo twice as many hysterectomies per capita as British women and four times as many as Swedish women.
But as many as 85% of hysterectomies are unnecessary.
Even worse, the hysterectomy itself can cause unwanted side effects, including pelvic problems, decreased sexual desire and reduced pleasure.
Hysterectomy can also create additional health complications, because removing the uterus and ovaries alters the balance of hormones in the body, increasing risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.
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With the stakes so high, it’s important that women faced with the prospect of a hysterectomy know that they have other options.
While hysterectomy has traditionally been the most common treatment suggested for uterine fibroids, recent developments have offered new, effective options.
Alternative treatments for uterine fibroids include: hormone therapy, oral therapies, herbal treatments, and homeopathic & holistic treatments.
Invasive procedures may include surgically removing the fibroids, and uterine artery embolization.
MR guided focused ultrasound therapy is a non-invasive treatment option which preserves the uterus.
These options alternatives should be considered before obtaining treatment making a decision, especially because a hysterectomy is irreversible.
The rate of unnecessary hysterectomies is continuing to climb, and women should know about their other treatment options before choosing hysterectomy.
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