Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is not the best option for every woman with uterine fibroids. If you want to have children, then you would want to avoid this treatment. Likewise, if you don't have symptoms of uterine fibroids, or your fibroids are small, you may have better results from pain medications or hormone treatments. Health care providers are also exploring less-invasive surgical treatments for fibroids that save the uterus.

In some cases, though, a hysterectomy is the best method of treatment. If you have uterine fibroids and are thinking about having a hysterectomy, make sure you talk over all features of the surgery with your doctor and your family. Having a hysterectomy means that you will no longer be able to have children. This process cannot be reversed, so be certain about your choice before having the surgery. Keep in mind that the physical scars of the procedure may heal quickly, but some of the effects of hysterectomy are long-lasting. You may want to talk to women who have had the procedure before you decide to have your surgery. Many health care centers, women’s clinics, and hospitals offer support groups for women who have had, or are in the process of having hysterectomies.