Are there non-surgical options to hysterectomy?
Yes, there are several non-surgical options.
Choosing the right option depends on your condition: Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding. Read more about Hysterectomy Reasons to learn more. As always, talk with your doctor to learn more.
To prevent the abnormal growth of the endometrium, your doctor may provide you with some hormone therapy or perform a small procedure:
- Oral Contraception: This can be used to treat the symptoms of endometriosis by controlling ovulation, and therefore the build up and break down of endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus
- Hormone Therapy: Hormones can be used to shrink the endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus
Laparoscopic surgery can be used to remove the endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus.
- Hysteroscopy: This is a procedure where the doctor can look inside your uterus to diagnose the reason for abnormal bleeding
- Myomectomy: This is a procedure that can remove uterine fibroids from the wall of the uterus, without removing the uterus.
- Endometrial Ablation: In this procedure, the doctor will destroy the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium)
- Dilatation and curettage (D&C): In this procedure the lining of the uterus and the contents of the uterus are removed
- Hormonal or Nonhormonal medication can be used
- IUD: An intrauterine device can be implanted to decrease bleeding
Kegel exercises can be used to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor to improve their ability to support the pelvic organs.
Pessary Device: this is a device that can be placed inside the vagina to support the uterus and bladder
Hormone therapy: can help make the muscles of the pelvic floor stronger