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Surgical vs Natural Menopause Surgical vs Natural Menopause

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Unread 05-17-2011, 02:23 PM
Surgical vs Natural Menopause

Hello sisters! I am scheduled for my hyst and RSO in June. The plan for now is to keep my left ovary in place. But just in case we aren't able to keep it, I want to be somewhat prepared. I do have one question about surgical menopause, and I'm not really even sure how to ask it. I'll do my best.

Does the process of going through surgical menopause last the same amount of time as a natural menopause? Does that even make sense? I know women who have "gone through" menopause meaning their symptoms are gone and they have moved on to the next phase of life. Will this eventually happen after a surgical menopause, and will it necessarily be any longer or shorter? I know that everybody is different, but I'm just curious if you should expect something different if your ovaries are removed.

Sorry for stumbling over this question so much. I learn as I go! Thanks in advance for your understanding.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:06 PM
Re: Surgical vs Natural Menopause

I think everyone is different on some of this because your body has some hormones stored.

My personal experience, not on HRT, is that a couple of weeks after surgery, my body felt like I was going to start my period. I was easing into menopause, but the Dr told me I would slam into it. It didn't hit me anywhere near as hard as I expected.

Hope that helps.
Unread 05-17-2011, 04:45 PM
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Everyone is different. Personally, I was slammed into surgical menopause. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as this way before all the info on the internet. It took me some time, but I did eventually find balance.

I think the difference between natural and surgical menopause is that with natural the change can be gradual, that is; the ovaries continue to emit hormones, but in reduced amounts. With surgical the effects can be immediate. Although you may have some residual hormones that take a bit to go thru.

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Unread 05-17-2011, 05:53 PM
Re: Surgical vs Natural Menopause experience..I kept my ovaries -- I'm 48 . I'm about 8 mo post op and they don't seem to be coming back to life. I started feeling 'off' about 4 mo post op but in the past 2 months - especially the last month, I feel like I was just immediately menopausal - night sweats, a lot of anxiety, exhaustion, hot flashes (I thought they were panic attacks), and I'm very dry. It really seemed to just arrive out of nowhere. I'm finally feeling pretty good healing wise, and now this. Everyone is different. My dr thinks I was in peri-menopause before my surgery. I couldn't tell because I was having so many issues before surgery. Good luck to you! Hugs!!
Unread 05-18-2011, 03:30 PM
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I kept my ovaries after hysterectomy, but within 4 months, they quit so I became menopausal (estrogen tested post-menopause levels). Years later had ovaries removed (endometriosis - yes, even without any HRT), I was shocked into surgical menopause. Very much more harsh then when they just shut down (they must have been producing some small amounts of hormones).

I use HRT since 4 days after ovaries removed. Life is improved with HRT for me.
Unread 05-18-2011, 03:44 PM
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They had left one ovary with me as well,after thinking I was waking up to nothing due to being age 40 but this past March I had the other removed due to endo and cysts.The one ovary didnt produce enough esto and I was on HRT one wekk post op in 2008. I was however slammed into menopause and have just now this very month started to feel better with the hot flashes and night sweats but am still struggling with weight and being very dry My docor said I am full blown into menopause now and its been since 11/2008 ugh! I hope things go well for you but I would consider taking everything as to not be like me and face another surgery.

Unread 05-23-2011, 07:41 AM
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I agree that it is more sudden with surgical menopause. I also think that it is a huge LOSS to face especially when you are not informed of the changes that may happen to you. When you all of a sudden go from one thing to another, it is important to take time to grieve the loss of how sex used to be or whatever other changes you've had. Although, one of my friends is now 1 year post menopausal naturally and she is not having any fun either. She can not have sex without pain and is having awful hot flashes and the list goes on. She is suffering greatly as well even with natural menopause.
Unread 06-06-2011, 04:26 PM
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I thank God I went through it "surgically". Over and done with. The natural seems to be so inconsistent from what I've observed and heard from other women. One day UP. The next day DOWN. The next day MAD. The next day, SAD. Geez! I had enough of that garbage when I had regular periods!
Unread 06-06-2011, 05:28 PM
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Diamond Dawn, you made me giggle. I just read a post today where someone said that menopause is a natural part of life for EVERY woman. We'll all go through it sometime, and it will be different for each of us. That really reassured me. I need to do what I need to do now, and I won't worry so much about something so unknown. After all, I'll have to go through it sometime.
Unread 06-06-2011, 05:52 PM
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There is always an unknown it comes to menopause. One never knows how the body is going to react. Sorry; but to me; surgical menopause is not a matter of "going thru the inevitable". During natural menopause the ovaries do still continue to emit hormones, just in lessening amounts. Surgical menopause can be like sliding quickly down a slope. One may not realize what those ovaries were doing until they have hit the bottom of that slope.

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