At Advanced Women’s Healthcare, our goal is to help you live the healthiest life you can. We understand that an invasive procedure such as a hysterectomy can be a scary thing to think about and that it may also bring up an emotional response. Our experts are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping you make the best decision for your situation.
One thing you should know is that hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries among women. More than 600,000 hysterectomies per year were completed between 2000 and 2004. It’s a safe, common, and well-understood procedure. This post describes five common reasons women decide to have hysterectomies.
1. Fibroid tumors and/or heavy, painful periods
If you spend a week, or even two weeks, out of every month in sheer misery, and you and your doctor have tried other treatments that didn’t work, a hysterectomy could be the best way to deal with fibroid tumors that cause heavy, painful periods.
It’s difficult to function normally when you’re bleeding so much you need to change your pad or tampon hourly -- or more -- or when you’re in excruciating pain. However, depending on your situation, you may not want to have a hysterectomy. You may still be considering children, or you may have other reasons.
Talk to your provider at Advanced Women’s Healthcare openly about your options. A hysterectomy may be the best approach for you.
Like fibroids, endometriosis can cause excruciating pain. When the lining of your uterus grows in places it shouldn’t, like outside your uterus, your periods may be irregular or very heavy, and you may become infertile.
There are other ways to treat endometriosis, but in some cases, a hysterectomy is the best option. Your situation is unique, and it’s important to discuss all the benefits and drawbacks of other treatments as well as those of hysterectomy.
3. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
PID is a type of infection caused by bacteria, and it can cause extreme pain. If it’s diagnosed early, antibiotics are the first-line treatment, but if the infection spreads, it can cause damage to your uterus. In such cases, hysterectomy may be the best treatment option.
4. Uterine prolapse
Normally, your uterus is held in place by muscles and soft tissues, but when those structures weaken, it can slip down into your vagina. This condition is called uterine prolapse, and it can cause urinary and bowel problems.
Depending on the severity of your condition, you may have options to treat uterine prolapse other than a hysterectomy, but sometimes those aren’t the best choice. A hysterectomy may be the most appropriate treatment option, depending on an array of factors.
Roughly 10% of all hysterectomies are performed to treat cancer. Cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, or endometrium are commonly treated by removing the uterus. Additionally, some women choose to have a hysterectomy if they have the BRCA gene that indicates an increased risk of developing cancer.
Regardless of the reason, your doctor has suggested you consider a hysterectomy, it’s a good idea to take some time, think about your options, make a list of questions and concerns, and talk to your doctor. Our providers understand the psychological and physical impact considering a procedure such as a hysterectomy can cause. We’ll answer your questions and provide sound medical advice based on your medical history and current situation.
Book an appointment today to discuss your health concerns. You can schedule by calling 309-808-3068 between 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.