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Prior to hysterectomy, we do recommend other options like birth control pills, prescription strength anti-inflammatories stronger than regular ibuprofen first.
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.
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.
Fibroids are one of the most common reason women will have a hysterectomy performed.
are there any health benefits in keeping my uterus I have heard that there may be some benefits for women in keeping it
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 ta***** *****ghtly (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.