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 many of these hysterectomies, even up to 85%, are unnecessary.
And even worse, the hysterectomy itself can cause unwanted side effects, including pelvic problems, lower sexual desire and reduced pleasure.
It can also create more 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 choices.
While hysterectomy is often the most common treatment suggestion for uterine fibroids, recent developments have offered new and effective options.
Other treatments for uterine fibroids include: hormone therapy, oral therapies, herbal treatments, and homeopathic & holistic treatments.
Invasive procedures may include removing the fibroids, and uterine artery embolization.
MR guided focused ultrasound surgery is a non-invasive treatment option which preserves the uterus.
These options should be considered before 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 hystectomy.
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