Why Many Women Unnecessarily Get a Hysterectomy

...Like many women, Fenoglia knew next to nothing about uterine fibroids when she first sought treatment. In addition to heavy bleeding during menstruation, they can cause pelvic and lower back pain and painful sex. While Fenoglia conducted enough research to find an alternative to surgery, a collective lack of knowledge leads to countless unnecessary hysterectomies, some physicians say. More than 400,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, according to research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March 2015.

What to do when you get uterine fibroids

You have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors. What do you do now? About one-third of all women will develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime that require treatment or observation. There are few studies on women with fibroids but some estimates are that eighty percent of all women will develop fibroids. With so many women developing fibroids, there is surprising little information about a woman’s options for dealing with the benign tumors.


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