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Unread 12-31-2011, 12:25 AM
Question - hysterectomy after menopause hysterectomy after menopause

I am wondering about what to expect as far as my hormones, after my hysterectomy - I have been through natural menopause already, for over six years, (I am 57). They will be taking out my cervix, uterus, ovaries, and all, due to atypial cells.

Anyone out there also have a hyster after menopause and not find that they started having symptoms? I currently feel basically okay, have never had hot flashes or any other symptoms other than not having my periods. I never planned on taking HRT, and my menopause has not needed any, but now with the surgery I am worried that I may start having problems...

Some things I have read say that there will be almost no change, since my ovaries have already finished their job. I asked my surgeon, and he said that it really varies, that he even had one 80 year old woman start having menopause symptoms! I know that basically I just need to wait and see but the not knowing is really difficult for me.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 08:57 AM
Re: hysterectomy after menopause

I agree with your surgeon that it varies! I read here where ladies see no difference but I had new symptoms I'd never had before. It came as a surprise. For your sake I hope you see no change. Best wishes for your surgery.
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Unread 01-01-2012, 06:02 PM
Re: hysterectomy after menopause

I would agree it does vary for every woman from what my doctor has indicated to me. 4 days ago, I went for my 2 week post TLH and although we'd previously agreed that 5 years post meno was enough for me to probably not need any hormone (and I've never been on HRT either), she reminded me that if I do develop menopausal problems to call and she can prescribe something.

I can tell you what I've experienced. Before the surgery, my biggest problem was hot flashes--intense, long ones that disturbed my sleep. I'm still getting them so it's no big deal to me for them to continue. However, they do not last as long as they used to; they pass quickly and are less intense. I did get a temporary estradiol patch when I left the hospital but I removed it a week after because it was itchy. I also felt I didn't need it. Right after surgery, it's difficult to know what symptoms to attribute to the meds you are taking or to stress, but I attributed my nighttime nervousness to the patch and indeed, once I removed it, after 2 nights, the weird, jittery feeling I was waking up with dissipated.

Other than that, I feel pretty much the same. My energy is returning but I still have some pelvic pain which is thus far attributed to shadow pain (hope it goes away eventually) but no more spotting that was so upsetting since there is ovarian cancer in my family tree. I've watched my mother and aunt live with hysterectomies and saw that they have done fine in transitioning so I was not too worried that I would have any problems. Perhaps that attitude has helped me adjust.

Hope everything goes well.
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