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Sleeping Ovaries after Hysterectomy?

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Questions about ovaries going to sleep after hysterectomyDo the ovaries go to sleep or into shock after a hysterectomy?


Avoiding surgical menopause is one of the reasons to choose to keep your ovaries when you have your hysterectomy. So, if after your hysterectomy you find yourself dealing with some hot flashes, mood swings, and other menopause symptoms, it can be quite a surprise! Although it can be frustrating, there’s a simple explanation for what's happening.

Your ovaries might be sleeping or in shock–well, sort of!


Technically, your ovaries won’t really be a sleep and they aren’t really in shock; however, they might not be working properly. And there are a few reasons for their little vacation.

Maybe its the blood supply


During a hysterectomy, the ovarian blood supply can become compromised. When this happens, the ovaries have to re-established a new blood supply before they can function optimally. Unfortunately, this can take a few weeks or even a few months. Until then, you can experience menopause symptoms since your ovaries won’t be producing the right amounts of hormones.

It could be the stress and trauma


Even if the blood supply to your ovaries is good enough, your ovaries still might not be working properly for a bit. All the trauma and stress of surgery can affect your cycle, preventing you from cycling normally. If you don’t ovulate or there are extra days in your cycle, you might not have the hormones you need when you need them. The end result? Temporary menopause symptoms.

Hormones could be the culprits


Also, if you were using some type of hormonal treatment, such as birth control pills, you could also have some hormonal issues after your hysterectomy. It might take your ovaries a bit to get back into the swing of things and function on their own once the hormonal treatment has been stopped. Until they are functioning well, you could have some symptoms of menopause from hormonal imbalance.

It should be temporary


So if you have your ovaries but still find you are having hot flashes, crying for no reason, and are unable to sleep, take courage! Your symptoms should be temporary and last only until your body has had time to heal and adjust to your recent hysterectomy. Then your ovaries should function after your hysterectomy, just as you had planned!


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-29-2015 - 11:42 PM


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