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Surgical Menopause after Natural Menopause

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Woman talking to her doctor about whether or not having her ovaries removed after natural menopause will cause her to go through menopause againI have already gone through natural menopause. If I have my ovaries removed during my hysterectomy, will I go through menopause again?

Unfortunately yes, you could go through menopause again. You may even find you will need some hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to manage the symptoms.

During natural menopause, the ovaries continue to secrete trace amounts of hormones. This means you may not be completely without hormones even though you are in menopause. When you have your ovaries removed, the remaining traces of hormones are completely eliminated, plunging you into surgical menopause.

Surgical menopause can be more severe and last longer than natural menopause. The severity of symptoms has caused some post-menopausal HysterSisters to choose HRT to help manage them, even if they had not needed them during natural menopause.

There are also serious healths risks connected with a bilateral oophorectomy. While the risks for post-menopausal women are not well defined, women within this group can still be negatively impacted by the removal of their ovaries.

Because of the health risks involved and the possibility of facing menopause symptoms a second time, you should seriously discuss your situation with your surgeon before choosing a bilateral oophorectomy. Unless there is a risk of cancer, you should do everything you can to keep your ovaries. Either way, you and your medical team will need to weigh all the pros and cons for you before making a final decision. You should also seek a second opinion before scheduling this surgery to help ensure you are making the best decision 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.

07-19-2013 - 09:51 AM


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