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Are there any health benefits of keeping your uterus after

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Are there any health benefits of keeping your uterus after you are no longer having children.
I have fibroids and I.am thinkning about the options that I have in getting them removed.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Monika Hearne, M.D. replied 6 years ago.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Hello, I would be happy to assist you.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Prior to hysterectomy, we do recommend other options like birth control pills, prescription strength anti-inflammatories stronger than regular ibuprofen first.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

There is also a medication to stop your periods which can shrink your fibroids. It works by placing you into menopause. Its called Depo Lupron.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Ultimately, if you don't desire to try the other options or if the other options fail to relieve your symptoms, a hysterectomy is the next step.

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

Fibroids are one of the most common reason women will have a hysterectomy performed.

Customer:

are there any health benefits in keeping my uterus I have heard that there may be some benefits for women in keeping it

Monika Hearne, M.D. :

No benefit to keeping the uterus, especially when it's being a 'pain.' However, there are risks to having surgical complications so the decision to have surgery shouldn't be taXXXXX XXXXXghtly (bowel, bladder injury, needing transfusion, etc). Some studies show that women who have a hysterectomy will enter menopause sooner than they would have otherwise. Most often though, there are no complications and menopause occur near the average age of 51.

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