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Hysterectomy and Menopause

Menopause can occur both naturally, and is brought on after hysterectomy. In natural menopause, the menstrual cycle stops as the ovaries stop producing eggs. Natural menopause is experienced by women in the age group of 45-55. Hysterectomy too, results in menopause.

Often, medical experts use the term ‘surgical menopause’. Surgical menopause refers to the menopause caused due to hysterectomy where the ovaries have been removed. The menstrual cycle comes to an abrupt stop if, in the hysterectomy process, the uterus, ovaries, and the fallopian tubes are removed. Women, who have had only one of their ovaries removed, enter menopause in the natural course of time. In cases where only the uterus has been removed, menopause will be induced, and the symptoms of menopause will set in earlier.

Experts are of the opinion that women going through a hysterectomy-induced menopause experience more severe form of menopause symptoms than the ones who experience it naturally. Some of the symptoms of menopause include depression, osteoporosis, and hot flushes. Women with surgical menopause are more prone to heart disease as well.

Mostly, doctors prescribe doses of estrogen to women experiencing hysterectomy menopause. If estrogen is not administered, then women may go through acute depression, memory lapse, and severe fatigue. Doctors also prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after hysterectomy.

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  1. tracey says:

    I have been wondering lately about menopausal symptoms, because I had a hysterectomy when I was 27 due to cancer removing my uterus only. And now I am 45 and maybe I have already had menopause,I am sure not all women have hot flashes and who dosent have mood swings even men.How can I be sure.

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