Nurses have a major role to play in helping women avoid unnecessary hysterectomies as part of new national guidance on heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB).
NICE launched the guidance to ensure all women are aware of and have access to the alternative treatments for HMB. The debilitating condition affects over one million women in the UK, but only half of these sufferers seek help from GPs, according to NICE research.
Women will now have to be informed of the full range of treatment options. Hysterectomies, which cause infertility and early menopause, should be a last resort. They will also have a right to a second opinion and should have access to all alternative treatments, whether or not they are currently provided by their PCT.
The guidelines can be viewed at www.nice.org.uk.