My Hysterectomy Story: How I determined my Fibroid Treatment

When I found out that my gynecological issues were uterine fibroids, I immediately started googling treatments, both medical and natural treatments.  In my research, I quickly ruled out natural treatments because there are so few of them and the few there were showed very little results.  Therefore, I was going to research what the medical community would offer me.

There are several ways to treat fibroids and you can read the details about the treatment options here.

Generally speaking, though, the treatments fall into 3 large categories:

  1. Watch and wait
  2. Treat the fibroids without removing the uterus
  3. Remove the uterus

Watching and waiting
This option was out for me; I was already symptomatic and it was obvious my fibroids were growing.  I needed to do something.  Fibroids naturally shrink during menopause, but I’m still years from menopause (hopefully!!!) and it was not in my best interest to “wait it out”.

Treat the fibroids without removing the uterus
As I researched this option first, I came to the following conclusions:
  • Depending on my symptoms, I could have possibly trie hormone therapy, like an IUD.  But, since I was not experiencing heavy, prolonged bleeding, this option did not appear to be beneficial for me
  • If the fibroids are removed (myomectomy) or shrunk (embolization), there is no guarantee that the uterus wouldn’t grow more fibroids. I  DID NOT WANT the fibroids coming back!  I may have considered this option if I was closer to menopause, but again, I am 37 and should still be years away from that stage of life.
  • This is a good option for women who still want to keep having children, since the uterus would still be in tact.  My husband and I have already taken measures to prevent us bearing anymore children, so this conclusion was not a weighty one for me.
  • There still could be surgery or other invasive procedures involved with this option, except for hormone therapy, which I was not a candidate for.

Remove the uterus
As I researched this option last, I came to the following conclusions:  
  • Since there is no uterus, there would be no more fibroids
  • This is a good option for women who do not want any more children
  • There would be no more menstrual cycles since there is no uterus and no lining of the uterus to shed (which is what happens in the menstrual cycle)
  • Removing the uterus does not mean the ovaries have to go as well, which is one of the primary hormone producers in the woman’s body.

In my case, I was not planning on having any more children and I did not want the fibroids to grow back.  The obvious choice for me was to go ahead and have the hysterectomy.

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