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New Here with Lots of Questions

Well, heck. Sorry you're in this predicament...

If you have to pick a reason to need a hyst, fibroids are a good one. No, they are almost never cancerous. They come right out - they don't get entangled with other things for the most part - removing them is pretty straightforward. They cannot "come back" after a hyst. They don't require any ongoing therapy. And if that's all you've got going on, then there's no reason to take your ovaries, so you can avoid taking hormones, too.

Did either of the doctors discuss keeping/taking your ovaries? Be sure you are well informed about your situation, and your options on that point. Family history, your age, etc. enter into it.

And do not let them rush you into anything. If you are not comfortable with this, cancel it. You can schedule it later, once you've had time to think. If you aren't suffering, bleeding terribly, or dealing with other urgent problems, then there is no reason you can wait a few months. Do it **only** if *you* think it's the right thing to do. If you feel like you've been "pushed" into this, you're going to resent every moment of it. If you have any complications, and you feel like it wasn't something you chose or wanted... well, I'd be permanently PO'd. I wanted (demanded) a hyst, and didn't mind having to go through the whole process, I understood and accepted the risks... but if I hadn't thought it was necessary, I would have been *really mad* about everything.

Look at all the options with regards to fibroids. There are several - Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), myomectomy (just removing the fibroid), hormones.... I didn't want any of those - I wanted the problem fixed for good, but you should at least research them and see if you think one might be right for you... If you're really interested in avoid a hyst, that is.

Here's a really good site with lots of info about fibroids:

Keep reading and asking questions, and stand your ground. I'm not suggesting that you "really don't need a hyst", but it should be your informed choice to do it.
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