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If I have fibroids, will I need a hysterectomy?

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Hysterectomy (pronounced hiss-tur-EK-toh-mee) is the removal of the uterus. It is the only certain cure for uterine fibroids. But it is not the only treatment option, and it is not the best treatment for every woman with fibroids.

If you want to have children, talk to your doctor about other treatments before having a hysterectomy. If your fibroids are small or if you have minor or no symptoms of fibroids, medical treatments may be effective. Surgical procedures that remove the fibroids without removing the uterus are almost always possible.

To learn more about treatment options, read the section What are the treatments for uterine fibroids?

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