Permanent Birth Control and hysterectomy

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Permanent Birth Control and hysterectomy
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 2:14pm

I absolutely know that I don't want to bare childern. would love to be done with having periods. But I don't know too much about hysterectomy. I always thought it being a serious operation and only done in certain situations because of the high risk. I want to know what option is best, rather health insurance will cover the cost  for either option or at least some of it, and how it would effect your sex life.

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 5:47pm

Welcome to the boards!  Interesting that you bring this up because at my annual exam earlier this year I asked about this very thing.  First let me say I live in the United States, so my gynos response is based on what may or may not be allowed here, if you're in another country then this info may not be much help.  What my gyno told me is that because the desire is an elective hysterectomy (not one that is deemed medically necessary) whether or not a doctor will do it is really going to depend on the doctor.  She said be prepared for several to say no before one says yes, due to their own moral standpoint on the matter and legally they can decline.  Insurance rarely covers any part of elective surgeries so she told me not to get my hopes up.  However she mentioned that funds in a health savings account (some employers offer these, but I don't know if you can get one independently) could possibly be used for an elective procedure.  Otherwise this procedure would be paid for entirely out of pocket, but the doctor may have payment options that offer some flexibility.

Now for more general information about what a hysterectomy is and how it can be done I found this article on webmd.

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