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Natural Menopause vs. Surgical Menopause

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Does the process of going through surgical menopause last the same amount of time as a natural menopause?Does the process of going through surgical menopause last the same amount of time as a natural menopause?

Many women who have their ovaries removed go abruptly into menopause soon after their procedures. It can take a little time as residual hormones fade away, but there is a good chance that menopause symptoms will hit you a great deal faster and harder than someone going through natural menopause. A person going through natural menopause, on the other hand, is more likely to have a gradual shutdown of her ovaries over some time, with the ovaries still producing some hormones for a while. The process of natural menopause is usually more erratic than surgical menopause and can be slow or fast, difficult or relatively easy. There is a great deal of variation in women’s experiences.

Know that even if you keep one or more ovaries, they may shut down anyway. Sometimes they do not reestablish their hormone production after the shock of surgery, and you will experience surgical menopause despite having kept an ovary or two.

When going through menopause, whether surgical or natural, discuss your hormone replacement options with your doctor. Some women choose not to use hormone replacement therapy due to family history and risk factors. Others will find significant relief of their symptoms through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Seek a second opinion, ask the HysterSisters, and research until you are satisfied that you are choosing the right course for you.

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.

09-27-2011 - 07:33 PM


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