Is a Hysterectomy an Option

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Is a Hysterectomy an Option

In the past, treatment options for women with uterine fibroids were very limited. In fact, more often than not, one of the first lines of treatment was a hysterectomy.

Though there are now many different treatment methods for women with uterine fibroids, a hysterectomy is still an option to consider, and sometimes it is necessary. Therefore today, let’s take a look at what a hysterectomy is, and why it can be a potential treatment option for women with uterine fibroids.

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus and the cervix. The procedure is usually done through either an incision in the abdomen or belly button, or it is done vaginally.

One of the benefits of having a hysterectomy is that in removing the uterus, the fibroids are also removed. In doing so, not only are the fibroids eliminated but so is the possibility of them growing back. To put it frankly, no more uterus, no more fibroids.

Another benefit of a hysterectomy is that because the operation removes the uterus, menstruation, and fibroid-related bleeding are stopped entirely.

Though there are several medications that can halt menstruation and stop or lessen fibroid-related bleeding, these medications are not without their issues. In fact, some women will opt to get a hysterectomy as a permanent fix to avoid having to use these medications long-term, which can increase the risk factors involved in taking them.

Some of the side effects and risks associated with medications for uterine fibroids that women may wish to avoid are:

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists: Lupron, Synarel, and Zoladex

  • These medications are used to shrink fibroids and reduce bleeding but can cause an increased risk of osteoporosis.

Tranexamic Acid: Lysteda

  • This medication is used to ameliorate fibroid-related heavy bleeding, however, it is expensive and it interacts with several other medications which as a result, can be potentially harmful.

Birth Control Pills: Lo Loestrin FE, Norethindrone

  • Given that some of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills out there can increase estrogen and therefore increase the size of fibroids, unless the birth control is the right balance of hormones, it could make the fibroid situation much worse. Also, using birth control is known to mask the severity of fibroids and other underlying conditions.

Combination therapy of Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists and birth control: Oriahnn

  • This medication can reduce period bleeding, but its treatment is limited to 24 months due to the risk of it causing permanent bone loss. It’s also expensive and interacts with many other medications.

A hysterectomy is an option for women with fibroids that would like to avoid having to take medication and experience the side effects associated with them, as well as avoid the risk of fibroids returning following some of the other treatment procedures available.  However, a hysterectomy is a major surgery, and it is not without its own side effects and risks.

In our next article, we will take a look at some of the potential side effects and risks associated with having a hysterectomy, as well as what can be expected in regard to the recovery period following the procedure.

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