Talk to your Doctor about Uterine Fibroid Embolization. Hysterectomies are always the procedure they push. And, you do not have to have a hysterectomy if that's not what YOU want. Also, it has been said by Doctors, that women could try and wait it out until they are in full blown menopause (1 year without a period). It is the estrogen that keep fibroids blood supply going and increasing in size. When you're in menopause , they have found that you're estrogen levels drop and the fibroids shrink or disappear altogether.
Many women experience a lot of pain, emotional problems, and complications from hysterectomies as well. I'm sure every woman is different. How severe the size and position of these fibroids make a difference in the type of treatment you decide upon. I've heard that they do come back in most cases with a lot of the other treatments. Again, every woman is different. Maybe, this would not happen in your case. I had four and she could only remove "stalk" one. Because, the rest were deeply embedded in places that were risky.
I'm not planning on having children. I still do not want a hysterectomy. Because, some women have gone through hell after having them. And, many have said, "knowing what they know now, they wouldn't have had one." These type of choices are personal. So, try not to worry too much. And, find out all of the options, and pick the one that is best for peace of mind. Don't allow your Doctor, OB/GYN, or anyone else pressure you or make you feel stupid for not desiring to just get it over, with a hysterectomy. It might seem like the simple answer for them. But, this is about what you feel comfortable with and what would also stop the issues you're having. Good luck.
- Response by thelovedovefor1
, Female, 46-55, Atlanta, Who Cares?