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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Am i eligible for a Hysterectomy?

    I have PCOS, Iron Deficiency and very heavy irregular painful periods and ovulation. My specialist told me to think about getting a Hysterectomy but now I have decided he wont do it. I am unsure on what to do or if I am eligible for one? I already have 2 children and do not want anymore and I am so certain about getting one. Do I have enough background history to be able to get one?
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  • Dr David Moore

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician

    David received a solid foundation to training in tertiary obstetric units and has developed skills in the management of complex and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. … View Profile

    Hi there.

    A hysterectomy is one option in the treatment of several conditions, including the menstrual problems you describe.  It is not so much about being "eligible" for a hysterectomy but, rather, having a comprehensive assessment of your particular symptoms and a discussion about the various options (including hysterectomy) and which may be best for you in your particular situation.

    If you have evaluated your options and wish to proceed with a hysterectomy, you should ask your specialist why he is not keen to offer it to you as a management strategy.  He may well have a sound reason; but, if you are not satisfied with his explanation or reasoning, you should ask for a second opinion.  You may need to ask your GP to refer you for a second opinion.

    You may find some more useful information here.

    I hope you find relief from your symptoms soon - good luck.

    Regards,
    David.

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