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. Overutilization of hysterectomy has been estimated to range from 16 to 70 percent, according to the study. The research found that alternatives to hysterectomy, such as UFE, are underutilized. ...