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Unread 08-31-2004, 03:57 PM
surgical menopause vs natural menopause

Please give me Your opinion: A friend of mine, in the medical field but is NOT a dr, said that according to the "scientific journal of medicene"- the years after having a TH and the symptoms from a TH are the same as if you went throught natural menopause. BUT I was told that no matter what, if you go through natural menopause, you always have some hormones that our ovaries will always produce. She said no, that when you get older your ovaries are shut down, just like when you have them removed. Any insights on this or opinions. Thanks! Judy
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Unread 08-31-2004, 05:14 PM
surgical menopause vs natural menopause

Judy, I was given the impression that since I had gone thru menopause my body was no longer making any hormones. I am 58 years old. I have been taking Prempro for 5 years.

Had surgery 6 weeks ago, am still taking Prempro, the Doc said
he would address my hormonal needs at my 6 week apt tomorrow. For the last 3 weeks I have been having hot flashes,
night sweats and not sleeping well. I think my ovaries and
uterus were making hormones. I will be interested in hearing what the Doctor has to say about my second menopause.
Probably all in my mind
Unread 08-31-2004, 05:21 PM
surgical menopause vs natural menopause

I find this really interesting. My Aunt has been visiting. She is 82. Obviously past menopause right? She just had her Ovaries removed because of Ovarian Cancer. Guess what! Hot Flashes! So from what she is describing to me, they were still working somewhat.
Just a thought
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Unread 08-31-2004, 06:07 PM
surgical menopause vs natural menopause

I am certainly not an expert, but it's been my understanding that the difference between surgical and natural menopause is that a) with natural the change can be gradual vs with surgical it is instant b) during natural menopause the ovaries do continue to give off some hormones, although the amount is gradually diminished over some years time (not sure how long that is, and it probably varies from woman to woman)

From my personal experience with surgical menopause and watching my MIL go thru natural menopause, while there are similiarities I do see a difference.

One thing between natural and surgical menopause is the same though, that is we are all different and each of our experiences can be different. I've heard of women going thru natural menopause and never having a symptom, than there are those who get all the symptoms.
Unread 09-01-2004, 05:50 AM
surgical menopause vs natural menopause


I have to agree with Kim M

When your ovaries do not work any longer you are in menopause.
Surgical menopause happens overnight.You are immediately thrown in to full menopause. You are no longer producing hormones. You do however have a stored amount of estrogen in your abdominal fat which is why some women might not feel the symptoms for awhile until that is depleted.

Natural menopause you are still producing hormoes just at a smaller amount until eventually you stop producing them. Natural menopause is a gradual event. This usually takes years to happen. Your body gets time to adjust to the missing hormones.

In surgical menopause the body does not get use to the missing hormones over a period of time, it is sudden and that is why alot of women have a harder time with surgical menopause.

So there is a big difference between the two.

As Kim said, we are all different and each of our symptoms are different rather it be natural or surgical.

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