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Unread 07-09-2005, 10:36 PM
Surgical menopause

Anyone have any tips on what to expect with the surgical menopause? My Gyn. already has me taking 10 mg Provera once a day (because the bleeding would not stop) until the surgery on Aug. 3. Anyone have a lot of the symptoms and maybe advice to get through them. I'd love any help.
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Unread 07-09-2005, 10:59 PM
Surgical menopause

Hi There!

I experienced surgical menopause, and the the resource I found most helpful was:

Survivor's Guide to Surgical Menopause

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself about what may happen, so that, in partnership with your doctor, you can work together to remedy that which does happen.

Many s and Best Wishes,
Unread 07-09-2005, 11:09 PM
Surgical menopause

I intend to! Thank you for the link. Have to go check it out now. Thanks again
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Unread 07-10-2005, 01:18 AM
Surgical menopause

I'm happy to hear that you're going to educate yourself about this. You owe it to yourself to be as informed as you can possibly be!

I would like to add that, although surgical menopause can be quite a "challenge" (to put it mildly!) for some women, it's not bad at all for others. And as far as I know, there's no way to predict how a patient will respond. Try not to worry yourself at this point. From what I have been told by my doctor and other "medical" people who have explained it to me, the younger a woman is, the more likely it will hit hard. However, if it does, there are many HRT products available to help you combat the symptoms.

Good luck to you!
Unread 07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
Surgical menopause

From what I have been told by my doctor and other "medical" people who have explained it to me, the younger a woman is, the more likely it will hit hard.
My DR said basically the same thing to me because of my age. (26) I'm about 1 1/2 weeks post op and have started having the hot flashes, night sweats and crying spells. Although it's definately annoying and not something I would wish on anyone, it's not unbearable at this point. I would say for me so far, it's almost like the side effects I experienced with Lupron. We'll see what the next few months have in store LOL

I was also told that based on the fact that I have battled endo for so many years, that even with a hyst, my best route was to avoid any HRT at all for at least 6 months. ( Estrogen feeds endometriosis ) We will re-evaluate at the end of 6 months and go from there.

Best wishes to you and your quest for knowledge! ~ Knowledge is power!
Unread 07-10-2005, 11:17 AM
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I am 33, and have also been on the Lupron. I remember vividly how my body responded. I have had perimenopause symptoms for months already and am preparing myself for it to "hit hard". My family is struggling trying to cope with my symptoms now. They'll plot to put me in a room downstairs by myself when I come home from the hospital. (Although, that actually sounds like a heck of an idea). Thanks again for the site, it was extremely helpful!!
Unread 07-10-2005, 11:23 AM
Surgical menopause

I was faced with surgical menopause at the age of 44. I was scared to death about all the symptoms that I *could* have. I am a little over a year post-op now, and I have been surprised. The hot flashes are under control now, and the night sweats are few and far between. I still have a few hormonal issues, but I have been one of the lucky ones. I agree with what troubled tabby siad though, get educated, and find out all that there is to know, and get with your doc, so you can get a plan that works for you..
Unread 07-11-2005, 04:08 PM
Surgical menopause

Thanks for the great advice! I am learning a lot of valuable information for those first few weeks.
Unread 07-11-2005, 04:25 PM
Surgical menopause

Everyone is different, get as much information as you can and keep the communication lines open with your Doc.
Unread 07-12-2005, 04:11 PM
Surgical menopause

In my quest for knowledge I think I may have crossed the line. I found a site with some really graphic pics of the surgery step by step. Talk about an image stuck in your head. At the rate I'm going, I'll be able to assist my surgeon at my own hyster!

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