Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your doctor might recommend myomectomy for troublesome fibroids — that is, those in which symptoms are debilitating or interfere with your normal activities — if:
- You plan to bear children
- Your doctor suspects uterine fibroids might be interfering with your fertility
- You prefer to retain your uterus
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