Hysterectomy Often Performed Unnecessarily, According to Study

Blue Cross Blue Shield has begun a campaign to reduce hysterectomy rates, after their study determined that as many as 2 out of 3 hysterectomies performed could have been avoided. Those are pretty shocking stats!

A hysterectomy is a serious procedure that removes a woman’s reproductive organs. It leaves a woman unable to carry children, has lasting hormonal side effects, increases the chance of heart disease, and carries surigical risks as well.

Surgical removal of the uterus is usually recommended to treat uterine problems like fibroids or endometriosis. Sometimes hysterectomy is the best treatment plan, but there are other options available. The Blue Cross Blue Shield investigation in Michigan will encourage doctors to share information with patients about less invasive options. Yes, please — our reproductive organs are not disposable!

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