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Friday, October 24, 2008

Know your options...

As women and especially as women who have had children often times some of us find ourselves in a position where a hysterectomy may be recommended by our OBGYN to help solve a variety of health issues. This is a major surgery and often leaves women with a lot of lingering questions, and uncertainty only to rely on our doctor for information and the next steps to take. When something like this comes up in our lives, I think it’s important to gather information and research in many different places, and by different people to make sure we’re doing the absolute best things for ourselves and our bodies.

Finding more information especially when it comes to minimally invasive treatments for things such as heavy bleeding and a number of other common pelvic health conditions such as fibroids, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapsed is important and the fact that these are very common issues with women makes it even more important. Did you know that at least one-third of women will experience one or more of the above conditions in their lifetime due to a variety of factors? This is why we need to inform ourselves and know where to turn.

There are treatments options for these conditions that don’t always require the traditional surgery which often times comes with a risk of complications and a long healing process. Finding ways to have minimally invasive procedures when possible allows us to have the surgery done quickly and easily and they also require less healing time and less pain often times though, patients don’t know that these options exist because our doctors don’t have the skill or research to know about these newer less invasive procedures. Most of the times doctors stick to what they know and what’s traditional, but as women, we need to explore these newer options and take control of our health care decisions, just because your doctor only suggests one option doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a second opinion or do your own research, it is in fact your body and your health why just take 1 persons word.

If you’re ever faced with the reality of one of these conditions you need to be informed and aware about your health and your options to correct it. Be sure to talk to your doctor abut less invasive options and do your own research.

Visit for more information and to find a list of doctors who can help you find minimally invasive options.

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