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Thinking About Hysterectomy

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Before suggesting a hysterectomy, your doctor will evaluate your health problem. You and your doctor will go over the results of your exams and tests. Together, you can discuss your options and make a treatment plan.

Planning your treatment

Options for treating your problem may include medicine, nonsurgical procedures, hysterectomy, or a combination of treatments. While you are considering your options, think about these questions:

  • What other treatments are available? Are there medicines or other types of surgery that are likely to relieve your symptoms?

  • How severe is your problem? Is your health problem getting in the way of your daily life? Is the problem getting worse? If the answer to these questions is “no,” a hysterectomy may not be needed.

  • Do you want to have children? If you are in your childbearing years and wish to have children, take time to explore options that may help you avoid a hysterectomy.

  • Are you at risk of ovarian cancer? If you’re at increased risk of ovarian cancer, your doctor may suggest removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes along with the uterus.

Online Medical Reviewer: Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Sacks, Daniel, MD, FACOG
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2017
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