Fibroids: Is a hysterectomy necessary?

I have fibroids, and my uterus is enlarged (13-14 weeks pregnant). My doctor wants to do a hysterectomy. Should I have the operation?

Ask your doctor about alternatives to hysterectomy. There are drugs, but they are highly unlikely to be enough in the situation you describe. Removing the fibroids alone and leaving the uterus is an option. However, the large size and your hemoglobin (which I will assume is due to the fibroidal bleeding) may be factors that are causing your doctor to favor total hysterectomy and disregard the others as impractical. Whether or not you want (more) children is also a factor in determining the best treatment option.

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