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6 Tips to Help You Prepare for Surgical Menopause

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How can I prepare for surgical menopause?How can I prepare for surgical menopause?

If you will be having a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries), then you are facing surgical menopause. Surgical menopause often occurs years before you would have dealt with natural menopause, and it occurs instantly rather than gradually as natural menopause does. As a result, symptoms may be more intense and your body may have a tough time adjusting to the sudden change.

Being aware of what surgical menopause is and your options for coping with it can help you get ready for this new phase of your life. Below are 6 tips to help you understand and prepare for the coming changes you could experience.

1. Learn about common menopause symptoms.

Knowing what common menopause symptoms are can allow you to prepare for them. You can purchase products in advance that can help you manage them, and you can prepare yourself mentally so you aren’t blindsided by them. If you know in advance what to expect, you can take charge and even make some changes now.

2. Learn about your HRT options.

There are a number of different hormone replacement therapy (HRT) options which can help you manage your surgical menopause symptoms and health risks. There are several different hormone delivery systems to choose from, as well as a variety of doses depending on what your body needs. You can also choose pre-made HRTs or have specially formulated ones created at a compounding pharmacy. If you and your doctor discuss your options in advance, when the time comes you can more easily obtain a prescription for the choice you feel is right for you. You can also make more logical decisions when you are not trying to cope with hot flashes, anxiety, and brain fog!

3. If HRT is not an option, learn about alternative choices.

If HRT is not right for you, talk to your doctor about alternatives for minimizing menopause symptoms and health risks. There are prescription and over-the-counter options which may help with hot flashes, osteoporosis concerns, and more. Whether you use HRT or not, you may also need to consider supplements and lifestyle changes.

4. Choose a knowledgeable doctor.

Whether you will use HRT or alternatives, it is important to have a doctor who understands menopause and will work with you. Your menopause experience will be unique to you, so you need a doctor who will partner with you and help you feel your best. Your current gynecologist or general practitioner may be a good choice, or you may need to find a new doctor to help with this part of your health.

5. Talk to female relatives.

Though surgical menopause can be more intense than natural menopause, knowing how the other women in your family were affected by menopause can give you a heads up regarding the symptoms you may experience. You can also ask them what remedies they found helpful for their menopause symptoms. If any of them underwent surgical menopause, you can ask about what they chose for their HRT.

6. Be as healthy as you can be.

Eating well, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly can help you cope with the symptoms and changes that can occur with surgical menopause. You can start today to make healthy changes to your lifestyle that you can follow throughout menopause.

7. Talk to your doctor.

Before putting yourself into surgical menopause, it's wise to get a second opinion to be sure that it is the right decision for you. Once your decision is confirmed, partner with your doctor to prepare for the coming menopause issues. Your doctor can help you understand what your body will be going through and what you can expect, as well as monitor your overall health as you journey through surgical menopause.

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.

11-21-2014 - 09:09 PM


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