Do you really need hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy can be life saving in many conditions such as invasive cancer of the cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries. It may also be a medically necessity in uncontrollable infections, uncontrolled bleeding, injury to the uterus, some cases of fibroids, adenomyosis or endometriosis.
Is Hysterectomy the best or ultimate option for all women ?
However, hysterectomy is not the best or ultimate option for all women, especially for those who would like to conserve their uterus or those who plan to have children in the future. This is particularly true in today’s scenario where women often put off having children to their late 30s or 40s.
In some conditions removing the uterus will do little or nothing to reduce the problem at hand. For example, if you are having pain in your lower abdomen or back it could be due to various other non-gynaecological causes. Removing your uterus might not do anything to do away with the pain in such a case.
Rule out if you really need hysterectomy or there are other options.
It thus might be in your best interest to make the effort to rule out all other less invasive treatment options before taking that big step. You must ask yourself whether your symptoms are so severe that it warrants the removal of your uterus. You must undergo an ultrasound and MRI examination to exactly pinpoint the source of the problem. If the problem is in the uterus then too you must consider whether other non-surgical treatments could help.
Studies show that many hysterectomies are performed quite unnecessarily. Many are performed at the behest of the patient who might be totally fed up of her symptoms and just want it all to be over whether conditions need hysterectomy or not. However, it must not be forgotten that a hysterectomy is ultimately a surgery with all its attendant risks of bleeding, infection and pain and should be avoided unless totally required.
There are many new lines of treatment these days and these can be just as effective in treating some conditions while keeping your uterus intact. That means you can get relief from your distressing symptoms without being rendered infertile and having to go through the symptoms of an early menopause as well as through a lengthy recovery period.
Alternate treatments :
Alternate treatments, depending upon your condition, could be medicinal treatment of pain, hormone therapy and other general treatments. Alternate treatments often prove to be more than beneficial. An example is how uterine prolapse often responds to Kegel exercises, and how endometrial hyperplasia and early endometrial cancer respond to conservative treatment with strong progesterone.