Surgical Menopause – Dealing with the Effects

by Laura Ramirez on December 11, 2010

Surgical menopause happens more frequently than most people would think. Though the majority of women will experience menopause naturally, many women will experience menopause symptoms as the result of surgical intervention. Unlike natural menopause, the surgical type can happen to women in their 20’s and 30’s, and the effects can be quite devastating.

What accounts for this dramatic difference in menopause experience? In natural menopause, the estrogen supply is diminished gradually over time. This can result in a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and diminished sex drive. Where a menopause hysterectomy or oophorectomy is performed, the loss of estrogen is more sudden and symptoms can be much more severe.

Though the effects can be drastic, many women actually opt for surgical menopause, usually as a preemptive strike against another condition such as ovarian cancer or endometriosis. While removal of the uterus and ovaries can, in fact, prevent or treat conditions such as these there is no guarantee that it will provide relief and so great care should be taken before opting to go this route.

It is crucial for any woman to undergo full hormonal testing before having a menopause hysterectomy. This way, your doctor can be sure of your hormone levels before surgery and have a better idea of where your levels need to be in order for your body to function normally.

Even with careful testing, surgical menopause is never an easy decision. It can produce many of the same symptoms as natural menopause including vaginal dryness and itching, lack of sex drive and sleepless nights. Hot flashes are the most common symptom, with between 75-90% of women who undergo surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries experiencing them.

There are many ways of treating the symptoms brought on by menopause hysterectomy. The most prominent is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). This has had some level of success with many women, but it is not without significant risks, including greater possibility of developing breast cancer. Other treatments include herbs and dietary supplementation.

Eating right and getting plenty of exercise are particularly important for women experiencing surgical menopause. Getting the body moving helps to release endorphins, which improve overall well being. It also helps to keep bones strong and fit, something which is an ongoing concern for women who have undergone menopause through surgical means as the abrupt loss of estrogen can lead to severe bone loss. Taking a good natural supplement with ingredients like Pasque Flower and Black Cohosh can make your transition for surgical menopause a lot easier with no side effects.

Menopause is never an easy proposition, but undergoing it through surgical means before the natural onset of symptoms can intensify the experience even more. Before considering this drastic step, be sure to consult with your doctor and take all the necessary precautions. If it is the way you choose to go, be aware of your options for treatment and keep a positive attitude and you can continue to live a full and happy life.

Copyright © 2010 by Laura Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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