Hysterectomy and Auxiliaries

My mother is scheduled for a total vaginal hysterectomy for severe uterine prolapse. The doctor automatically added ‘auxiliaries’, meaning he wants to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes, as well. Is it necessary to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes during a hysterectomy?   A hysterectomy is a surgery used to remove a woman’s uterus. Your … Continued

Fibroids Treatment Options for Someone with a Family History of Cancer

I am a 53-year-old African American woman with severe menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. Over the last 19 years, I have had two myomectomies and two UFEs. I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy because the fibroids keep returning. Several people have suggested that I have an oophorectomy due to my family history of cancer. … Continued

Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids

I am 48 years old with five fibroids and an enlarged uterus. I’m looking for surgery options with very little recovery time. My doctor suggested I take a 3-month shot of Lupron and then have a partial hysterectomy. I’ve heard horrible things about Lupron. Can you suggest alternative treatment options?   Lupron is the most … Continued

Prolapsed Bladder and Treatment Options After a Hysterectomy

I had a complete hysterectomy 14 years ago and now my bladder is “fallen” and I want to know what my options are. Someone told me the only thing I could do is bladder suspension – is this true?   A fallen bladder, also known as cystocele or prolapsed bladder, is common after hysterectomies. It … Continued

Is a Pelvic Examination Necessary After a Hysterectomy

I had a hysterectomy in 2012 because of an abnormal menstrual cycle. One doctor that I would only need a pelvic exam every three to five years. Another doctor that I still needed my yearly pelvic exams. I do my yearly mammograms. My question is which is correct, and is there less of a chance … Continued

At What Age Can I Get A Hysterectomy

At what age do doctors allow women in the USA to have a hysterectomy?   For women of reproductive age, hysterectomies are the second most often performed procedure in the U.S. There are several reasons why a woman might choose to have a hysterectomy. It can be because of uterine fibroids, heavy and persistent vaginal … Continued

Is A Pelvic Exam Possible

I had a hysterectomy in 1980 due to fibroids and endometriosis. I was 41 at the time and my ovaries were removed also. Then in 1997, I had breast cancer (DCIS) and had a lumpectomy. In 2004, I had a second breast cancer and opted to have a double mastectomy. Now no doctor wants to … Continued

Is Getting a Hysterectomy My Only Option for Treating Fibroids

I was recently told I have a fibroid 16cm large. Is it possible for me to have the fibroid removed without having a full hysterectomy? Alternatively, if I do have a hysterectomy, how would this affect my sexual life?   Fibroids, or muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, are extremely common. According to … Continued

Women and Fibroids: Making the Best Decisions

Uterine fibroids are an extremely common, but not very well-understood, women’s health topic. When a woman is told that she has fibroids, her first question is usually “What do I do?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question, finding the answers often leads her to embark on a confusing journey in which she is likely … Continued