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Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries? Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

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Unread 06-17-2008, 09:24 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

I have been reading the Post-Op board cuz I wanna see how recovery may be. I have noticed some mentioning hot flashes even when they have kept their ovaries. So does everyone have menopause symptoms even if they keep their ovaries?
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Unread 06-17-2008, 11:12 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

Hi DoilyMaker,

I can tell you my personal experience as I have retained both ovaries. (I am 43 1/2 years). I have NOT experienced any symptoms I can attribute to menopause - no nightsweats, no flushing, no hot flashes. Sleeping has always been an issue for me, so I cannot blame my poor sleep hygiene on menopause. (Thank goodness for Ambien!) However, I do get the monthly breast tenderness & abdominal bloating/fullness as well as similiar PMS symtoms (chocolate/carbohydrate cravings,) which seem to lasts longer that presurgery (especially the breast tenderness) Last month was not as bad as the previous 3 months, so perhaps my body is still adjusting. I can deal with these monthly "nusciances" as it reminds & reassures me that my ovaries are still doing their job ...without daily continuous bleeding & wicked periods!
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Unread 06-18-2008, 12:53 AM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

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Originally Posted by DoilyMaker
I have been reading the Post-Op board cuz I wanna see how recovery may be. I have noticed some mentioning hot flashes even when they have kept their ovaries. So does everyone have menopause symptoms even if they keep their ovaries?

Hi DoilyMaker,

I had a lsh on April 29th and kept my ovaries and almost immediately the hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and crying for no reason started. I'm 45. My hormone levels were checked prior to surgery (because I wanted to see if egg retrieval was possible before the lsh) and my fsh was about 20 but my estrogen was fine. My hormones were checked at week 4 and my fsh had shot up to 75 and estrogen dropped rapidly. Now I'm trying Evamist spray. I didn't expect menopause symptoms after the hysterectomy since I had none before.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 02:18 AM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

I've been living with menopasual stuff for the past three years before my hyster so after my hyster was expecting more of the same ... nope seems that they hyster cured it .. not 100% still get the odd deal, but tis not a daily deal now like it was.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 04:40 AM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

Dollymaker,
I just had my pre-op appointment. My doctor said that I may experience some menopausal symptoms, night sweats, hot flashes. This is because of the surgery and the ovaries may be a little sluggish just like the bowels will be. He said it would only last a few weeks. My mother went through menopause at age 45 naturally. I am 45 now so to be honest I'm afraid this surgery will kick me into natural menopause. Who knows. everyone is different and we all just need to wait and see what happens. Wishing you peace, strength and courage.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 12:33 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

Hi Shelly,
I had a TAH,ASC, and TVT sling. I kept my ovaries. Sadly I went into surgical menopause. I have a hereditary skin condition that prevents me from sweating but it didn't prevent me from those hot sensations, super glued eyes, painful crutch, tons of hair loss, extra dry skin, severe joint/bone pain,etc. I had no menopause symptoms previously, well I have EDS and skin problems but nothing like this. I thought thyroid problem but no had a FSH I'm now menopausal. This is really bad since I have EDS (hereditary connective tissue disorder) and my bones are very bad before (was taking Boniva but too much abdominal pains).


Like Lori said everyone is different so you will have to wait and see. Take care and best wishes.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 01:48 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

Thanks for the responses. Its really interesting to hear your stories. I didn't mention it before but I am 38 and the surgical menopause has me concerned. I thought keeping my ovaries was the cure-all! I guess I will just have to wait and see...as with everything else!!
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Unread 06-18-2008, 03:21 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

I know I'm a little late on this one but wanted to throw in my .

I am only 32, kept both my ovaries, am 4 months post op and have an appt Monday to go back to my gyn to talk to him about all my menopause symptoms.

Apparently, it is possible for your ovaries to fail and for you to go through menopause...something I didn't know until recently. (However, it wouldn't have changed my decision on the surgery)

Hugs!
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Unread 06-18-2008, 07:33 PM
Will I have menopause symptoms even with ovaries?

I am 38 and kept both ovaries. Immediately after surgery and for the first few weeks I had HORRIBLE night sweats. I mean waking up several times through the night having to change clothes, put towels down on my soaked bed and so on. My dr. said a lot of that is just a reaction from surgery/anethesia and also the ovaries may be a little sluggish as well. I had my surgery on 4/15 and seems like the night sweats had diminished by my 6 week post op or shortly thereafter. They were progressively better by then anyway. I haven't had one in quite some time. So don't give up. It may take a couple of months for your body to get back to normal. I'm two months post op and feel better than I have in 10 years!!! Can't even tell I had surgery two months ago! I can jump buildings in single bounds...or whatever they call it (wink).
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