Before Seeking a Hysterectomy, Consider the Alternatives

Women that are dealing with issues such as severe pain or unwanted periods often start with seeking a hysterectomy before searching other options or solutions that will work with their body in treating their conditions.

However, before any major surgery, it’s a good idea to research all the alternatives, both pros and cons, and fully understand your medical issue. It’s also important to fully understand the pros and cons of the surgery you are wanting. A hysterectomy is a major surgery with a long list of possible side effects that include physical, mental, and emotional ramifications. And sometimes things do go wrong during surgery, creating additional complications. Thus, there are many doctors who would rather prolong removing a healthy uterus than perform a hysterectomy that could open the door to new health concerns and complications.

Managing life without a uterus and monthly bleeding can sound ideal for many women. However, the loss of an organ can affect the body in a number of ways. For instance, the removal of the uterus can have a direct impact on pelvic floor support and the ovaries. With a family history of osteoporosis, a potential loss of ovarian function could cause greater risk to your bone health.

While it’s not wrong to want a particular solution, a hysterectomy to remove a healthy uterus is typically not in the best interest of the patient. Therefore, most doctors will not remove a healthy uterus, but will instead work with you to find a less-invasive, alternative treatment. Besides hormonal treatments to ease your bleeding, an in-office ablation that many other women have found successful may be an option for you.

Because a hysterectomy is an irreversible surgery, it should only be considered after other more reversible and less invasive options have been tried. We suggest you find a doctor you trust who will work with you to find the right solution for your bleeding concerns.

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