• Is a robotic hysterectomy less invasive or safer than the more traditional types?
  • NO, multiple studies show that in hysterectomy for benign disease, there are no advantages of robotic hysterectomy over vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy and robotic hysterectomy is more expensive.
  • Does uterine prolapse or vaginal prolapse (cystocele or rectocele) always require surgical treatment?
  • NO, many women have some mild prolapse, if this is not a bother or problem to the patient, no treatments are necessary. If a women wants something done, conservative treatments include physical therapy and pessaries (plastic ring for support). There are numerous surgical options available.
  • Does urinary incontinence always require surgical treatment?
  • NO, if your leakage is mild or not bothering you, no treatment is necessary; however, if you want therapy there are conservative treatments available. Physical therapy and medication are some of the more conservative treatments.
  • If I take estrogen therapy, do I have to take progesterone?
  • NO. Since data shows adding progesterone increases breast cancer risk, estrogen only is the preferred way to go; however, if you have not had a hysterectomy, you need to add progesterone to avoid thickening of the uterine lining and uterine cancer.
  • Do birth control pills increase a women's risk of female cancers?
  • NO. Birth control pills actually decrease a women's risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. Most studies show no significant effect on breast cancer risk.
  • Do post-menopausal women with minimal bleeding need evaluation?
  • YES. Any bleeding in the post-menopausal phase of a woman's life needs to be evaluated, as does any irregular bleeding in women 40 or older.

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