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Hysterectomy And Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How is a hysterectomy induced menopause likely to last?
    I had a full hysterectomy a year ago and have been going through an induced menopause ever since, I was just wondering how long it is likely to last as i know it is not as long as a normal menopause. I will not take HRT.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. Nobody can tell you how long you will experience the symptoms. Through research i have done ( i had a hysterectomy also ), it can be 1 to 10 years. Some women never have any symptoms at all ( hard to believe, but it's true ). Other women seen to experience symptoms for many years. I took hormones, and i regret it now. I have thyroid disease, and cancer. I believe taking hormones for 15 years caused both conditions. It may help with the symptoms, but it's not worth the risk. If i had it to do all over again, i would not have taken them. Having a hot flash is better then having cancer. Good luck. Hang in there :-)

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the risks of having a full abdominal hysterectomy?
    Today, my mom is having a full abdominal hysterectomy. She is going through menopause and her period consistently wouldn't stop. She became anemic from all of the blood loss. I was just wondering what are the risks of having this procedure and what are the steps in doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      i had a colon resection, which involves a similar incision. i spent five days in hospital. my sister had a hysterectomy thru her vagina last january. recovery time was much faster than incisional. can your mom do that? the recovery time for me and my 15 inch incision was a solid six weeks. abdominal surgery recovery was painful! i was on major pain killers in the hospital. i even had a pump to inject meds for pain.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it better in a total hysterectomy to remove everything including the ovaries or to leave them there?
    Hi. My mom needs a total hysterectomy but we were wondering if it is better to just leave the ovaries there instead of taking them out. Is it true that if the ovaries were left there and there happens to be a growth forming there will be no chance of knowing until the final stage?
    My mom is 47, already has type 2 diabetes, and is a little overweight but not obese or anything.
    Please kindly help.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a risk of ovarian cancer if the ovaries remain, but conversely there is the great benefit of having those hormones available for longer.
      Best get an opinion from your doctor and probably a decision would be best during the operation, depending on the appearance of the ovaries in relation to any apparent precancerous conditions.
      My wife kept her ovaries and didn't have any problems whatsoever and had little in the way of menopause symptoms at the age they normally occur.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I make it through the first year after my hysterectomy?
    I will be 32 in a few weeks and then having a full, laparoscopic hysterectomy a few weeks later, due to severe endometriosis. I am anxious about synthetic hormones, but I really don't know why. I don't want my sex drive to disappear or my weight gain to go through the roof. Any advice or experience would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I went through surgical menopause when I was 33. It was definitely a challenge when I started out. Probably the best advice I've seen was here: http://surmeno.blogspot.com/ as well as in the books by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet (see: Screaming to Be Heard).
      There are a lot books out, and a lot of people have their own spin on things. Some insist that "bioidentical hormones" are best (not true--they're no better or worse than most others), others insist that all women are severely deprived of progesterone and need massive doses to feel good (total BS!) You'll find out through experimentation what is best for you. When trying out estrogen, try the estrogen patch--increasingly, data is showing that the patch estrogen is better than the pill estrogen. The pill is the one that's been around the longest, though, so it's kind of a fallback for docs. But there have definitely been new and improved kinds that are not pills. Creams are also good--you see, creams and patches bypass the stomach and the liver, and that's important because if you take estrogen orally, it's processed by the liver and there are important changes that occur to the estrogen and other hormones that are produced in reaction to the estrogen (SHBG), with those changes and SHBG partially being responsible for lower sex drive and weight gain. If you have sex drive problems, you should look into using testosterone, preferably testosterone cream. i partially agree with the other person here who advocated creams. Yes, hormones delivered through the skin are good, but I don't like creams because they can get onto other people--your spouse, your kids. Bad--you don't want them to get your hormones! Since there are estrogen patches, they are therefore preferable because they won't get on other people because they lack the mess of creams. No testosterone patches for women yet, so cream is the best bet until they finally start selling patches.

      You'll find what's right for you and get through this. You'll be a new person without the pain of endo!

  6. QUESTION:
    What will the hospital stay be for abdominal hysterectomy?
    I'm 29, having an abdominal hysterectomy next week. I am having this due to a large fibroid on my uterus. My insurance isn't the best, so I'm sure I am going to have a lot of money invested in this. I have read that most people are in the hospital for 2 nights. Will there be anyway I will only have to stay for one night? If I am doing fine, will I have this option?

    • ANSWER:
      I had an abdomial hysterectomy 13 months ago. I was there for 3 days, but it was because they were afraid that I was going into pneumonia. I tend to breathe shallow. There is a yahoogroup for women who were or already had a hysterectomy and they were soooo helpful. They were so sweet and gave out alot of tips. I had two grapefruit size fibroids and then they said that there were smaller ones. What was really cool tho, my doctor took a pics of them for me. Everyday after surgery you get better and better. I didn't go back to work for 10 weeks. So don't go back too soon. Hospital food hasn't changed much. It's bland the first day. After that I loved the pudding, and popsicles. It is so nice not having your period anymore. Now mine was a total. I have her take everything out, so this is a decision between you and your doctor. But I figure, I am 50 at the time, and if I left my overies that what happens if they go bad and I had to go back in for surgery. I wasn't going to do that. Did your doctor talk to you about maybe trying to shrink them first?

      Also, I have never in this year have any symptoms of menopause. I was very lucky. I don't take anything at all. I take vitamins from GNC, and make sure you keep up on your calcium okay. If you want to email me with questions, I would be happy to talk to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    What happens to a woman after having a hysterectomy?
    My mother is about to undergo a hysterectomy because of fibroids. What will happen after to her. What should I expect. I mean I will be there for her but are there any psychological effects that might happen, any changes to the body? Please let me know, thanks.
    fadded, my mother isnt a b!tch and watch your mouth. If you're not going to answer the question with a real and sincere answer then beat it.
    Thanks for your real kind answers. I appreciate it.
    The doctor said she has large fibroids and it has to be done. I am worried. but i know she will be ok once they are removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy patients may have a fever during recovery, and some may develop a mild bladder infection or wound infection. If an infection occurs, it can usually be treated with antibiotics. Less often, women may require a blood transfusion before surgery because of anemia or during surgery for blood loss. Complications related to anesthesia might also occur, especially for women who smoke, are obese, or have serious heart or lung disease.

      As with any major abdominal or pelvic operation, serious complications such as blood clots, severe infection, adhesions, postoperative (after surgery) hemorrhage, bowel obstruction or injury to the urinary tract can happen. Rarely, even death can occur.

      In addition to the direct surgical risks, there may be longer-term physical and psychological effects, potentially including depression and loss of sexual pleasure. If the ovaries are removed along with the uterus prior to menopause (change of life), there is an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease as well. These will be discussed later along with possible treatments.

      In making a decision, you should also consider that a hysterectomy is not reversible. After a hysterectomy, you will no longer be able to bear children and you will no longer menstruate. You need to think about the impact these changes would have on you.

      Some women report having a strong emotional reaction, or feeling down, after a hysterectomy. Most feel better after a few weeks, but some women do feel depressed for a long time. Other women experience a feeling of relief after a hysterectomy.

      Every person reacts differently, and reactions are a combination of emotional and physical responses. We still have much to learn about the effects of hysterectomy on sexual function
      and a few mood swings which hormone theropy will help with that.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is hysterectomy after menopause the best answer for hormone therapy when you have uterine fibroids?
    I have uterine fibroids and have gone through menopause. I desperately need HRT but due to uterine fibroids my doctor recomends hysteroctomy. I have also had steph infections in the urinary tract due to enlarged uterus. My urologists also recomends hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      if you have both doctors telling you the same thing then I say go for it ~ i never made it to menopause I had a hyst 8 years ago & all though it was a little mind boggling for me I made it through just fine & I did do hrt for about 1 month & quit due to the high risk of heart attack & stroke & death ~but I am fine without it & have no strange hair growing any where so I did well i do believe♦

  9. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between a total and partial hysterectomy?
    What is a total hysterectomy?
    I've also heard the term partial hysterectomy but does a partial hysterectomy have anything to do with the tubes and ovaries or is there a separate term for ovaries and tubes being removed?

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy has nothing to do with removal of the ovaries and tubes. During a hysterectomy the uterus is completely or partially removed. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed depending on the health needs of the woman but when ovaries and tubes are removed they are not called a hysterectomy they are called bilateral salpingo oopherectomy or BSO for short.

      Total Hysterectomy is removal of the entire uterus which includes the cervix.

      A partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy is removal of just the upper portion of the uterus, leaving the cervix intact.

      Bilateral Salpingo Oopherectomy or (BSO) is when both ovaries and tubes are removed. Bilateral (both) salpingo (tubes) oopherectomy (ovaries). There are many benefits to keeping the ovaries because if they are removed then the woman would go into immediate surgical menopause. If they are kept then she won't likely have to take hormone replacement therapy.

      The term hyster refers to the removal of the uterus and ectomy refers to removal of.

      The cervix is the neck or bottom part of the uterus and is about the size of a coat button. A woman can have a total hysterectomy keeping both ovaries and tubes or she can have an ovary removed keeping her uterus and cervix. Some women want to keep their cervix for some reason as it may help support the bladder or provide better sex but others don't have the option of keeping it for various reasons.

      You can see this link below for further information on the different types of hysterectomies. It's also possible for a woman to have an ovary removed like if she had a cysts or a problem with an ovary to keep her uterus and cervix. Just because a woman had an ovary removed does not mean she had a partial hysterectomy because hyster refers to the uterus not the ovaries or tubes. Depending on which ovary and tube she had removed it is termed a right salpingo oopherectomy or left salpingo oopherectomy. She can continue to keep her uterus and cervix if healthy and if she does she will continue to have periods.
      http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_hysterectomy_defined.htm

      And just for clarification if the uterus and cervix are left she will contine to have periods. If there is no uterus or cervix and she keeps one or both ovaries there is no more periods.. The uterus is the organ that has the linning that builds up each month. When there is no uterus or cervix there can't be a linning to bleed every month. The eggs from the ovaries just disinigrate and are absorbed back into the system. Women who have their tubes tied will continue to have periods till menopause because of the linning that builds up in the uterus but the eggs will not be able to pass through to the uterus. Occasionally there are women who had their tubes tied and still managed to get pregnant.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind?
    I am 23 years old and mother of 2. I am going through issues with severe dysplasia that is getting worse. It is a genetic thing. With the birth of my last child, my uterus ruptured so it is now really weak on one side and pregnancy is pretty much out of the question. I am seriously considering a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind for hormone production. My family is really against the procedure because they are scared it will mess with my hormones and make me crazy. I really need all the information I can get before I willingly decide to go through with the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      You are talking about a partial hysterectomy. A "total" is when they take both the uterus and the ovaries. You should not feel much different except that you won't get a period anymore. You will not need hormone replacement therapy nor will you experience menopause since your ovaries will not be removed. You need to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor. Your family are not the ones who are having the health problem. If you are married, have your partner accompany you to the doctor's office. You both can ask questions and get professional answers. You won't be crazy. I had a total hysterectomy when I wasn't much older than you, and I am not crazy!!. Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have pain in the abdomen because of ovulation even after a hysterectomy?
    I had a hysterectomy one year ago; I still have my ovaries and I have had a pain twice in the past month and a half. Is this a sign of ovulating or something else should I look for?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely, you will still ovulate after a hysterectomy if the ovaries are not removed. You will go through natural menopause just as you would if your uterus was never removed. The ovaries are not dependant on the uterus in order for ovulation to occur. But, remember, it does not hurt to have an examination by qualified medical personel, just to be sure there is nothing more serious occuring. If nothing else, it will give you piece of mind.
      Hysterectomy with ovarian conservation will not induce menopause. Sometimes a temporary decrease of estrogens is seen, but within a few months normal ovarian function is restored. http://www.obgyn.net/meno/meno.asp?page=/meno/news_articles/ask_expert_0401#Question5m
      If the ovaries are not removed, they may still produce hormones and eggs if a woman has not yet gone through menopause. Since the eggs are not fertilized, however, they dissolve in the abdomen. http://fcs.tamu.edu/Health/Health_Education_Rural_Outreach/Health_Hints/2002/may/hysterectomy.php

  12. QUESTION:
    Why would they prescribe her vitamin D after hysterectomy?
    My mother had a hysterectomy a while ago and the doctors prescribed her a high dosage ( 50,000IU) of vitamin D and she suffering from some side effects and i was wondering whats going on? What can she do to get off of these meds? Does anybody else suffer from this?

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to tell the doctor about the problem. Is she suffering from side effects related to too much vitamin D (unusual) or side effects of surgical menopause (more likely)?

  13. QUESTION:
    Any thing I can do for early menopause due to hysterectomy?
    I got a hysterectomy a few months ago and have ben on hormones ( Prempro ) for a little over a month now. I hate them they have all these side affects that are driving me nuts and I don't want to take them anymore. They give me cramps, nausea, depression and am really tired all the time and they also make me jumble my words some times. What can I do for hot flashes night sweats and mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      For menopause and it's health problems , I invite you to : http://menopauseandweight.com/sitemap.xml Surf different links there to know more about your menopause and differents problems related.

  14. QUESTION:
    Are meopausal symptons common after a hysterectomy, where you still have your ovaries?
    Also, is there still monthly pain, if you retain your ovaries?
    Are there hormonal changes, if you retain your ovaries?
    Lastly, is depression associated with a hysterectomy, in the instance you retain your ovaries, shown to be caused by the physical changes or only psychological perceptions of a loss of femininity?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I still have the normal issues with having ovaries, but no more cramping!!! There are no hormonal changes when you still have your ovaries. If you keep your ovaries there are no psychological issues. In fact, since I got rid of those fibroids, I feel sooo much better. My fibroids were so big and many, my uterus was the size of a six month pregnancy.

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to still have children with a partial hysterectomy?
    I had a partial Hysterectomy 18 years ago. They left one ovary. Is it possible that that ovary is still producing eggs or is it dormant? I am not on any kind of hormone therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends upon what was done. A hysterectomy is the removal of your uterus, which must be in place to carry a child. A partial hysterectomy usually involves removing the uterus but leaving the cervix. An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both ovaries. If you had a partial oophorectomy and your uterus, fallopian tubes and one ovary are still intact it is possible-- not all ovaries go dormant after this kind of procedure. If you had a partial hysterectomy it would be unlikely and inadvisable, although still possible if enough of the uterus was left intact.

      Hormone therapy is usually just prescribed for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Not all women have the 'normal' night sweats, hot flashes and other associated symptoms of menopause (surgical or otherwise) and they would not be placed on hormone therapy if it was not needed.

      I would talk to your Dr. he or she would be able to give you a realistic picture. You can always seek a second opinion as well. Best of luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Older women who have had a hysterectomy after menopause?
    I recently had a hysterectomy at the age of 66 and although I have not had mensturation for many years, I am now experiencing hot flashes off and on throughout the day. (never had any during menopause). Has anyone else experienced these symptoms and if so, what did you do about them? Would appreciate some help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I also had a complete hysterectomy - at the age of 44.
      I took HRT for about a year and gradually lowered my dose to get off it.
      After being totally off HRT, the hot flashes started.
      I learned in another forum that sometimes drinking a small glass of that
      "Silk" soymilk twice a day helps. I figured I'd give it a try. It works for me, but I recommended it to a friend and it didnt work for her. It's worth a try.
      I recommend the chocolate flavor or the very vanilla flavor. The plain taste a little too "soy" for my liking.

  17. QUESTION:
    What does weight gain have to do with a hysterectomy?
    I may have to have a hysterectomy. Everyone says you gain weight after the operation. Why? What does one thing have to do with the other?

    • ANSWER:
      If a woman's ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy (a complete hysterectomy), her body is instantly pushed into menopause. The ovaries produce estrogen, progesterone, and androstenedione. When they are removed the levels of these hormones drop dramatically and the effects on a woman's body can be varied. One of the frequent complaints of women who have had a hysterectomy, is weight gain, particularly around the waist. This a complaint they share with many women who experience a similar type of weight gain as they grow older and go through menopause.

      Abdominal weight gain is believed to be tied to an excess of androgens, and a relative decrease in estrogen. Men tend to gain weight in their waists rather than in their hips or thighs, where women more commonly gain weight. Decreased levels of estrogen can lead to a similar effect in women. Androgens are the "male hormones" that are normally present in a woman's body. Menopause or a hysterectomy can skew the balance of these androgens against estrogen. Other elements that may be at work are a slowed metabolism, and water retention. It is yet unclear whether estrogen treatment itself has these effects on women.

      The best way to manage a weight gain that finds its source in hormonal imbalance is to better address that source. Any woman who is menopausal or has had a hysterectomy and is experiencing discomfort, should ask her doctor about customizing her hormonal treatment. The answer is often found through trial and error. She should try changing doses, and changing hormone combinations

  18. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take Estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?
    I'm 44 and am at a higher risk for osteoporosis without any estrogen. However, endometrial cancer is estrogen dependent, so my thought is it wouldn't be wise to take it for risk of recurrence elsewhere. I can deal with the other menopausal symptoms, but am concerned about bone loss since I would typically have had several more years of estrogen before hitting menopause. Any alternatives or thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that it is probably not safe for someone who has had endometrial cancer to take estrogen replacement therapy but the only way to find out for sure is to double check with your dr to see what they think.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you get endrometriosos after having a complete hysterectomy?
    I have lower abdominal cramps, I had a hysterectomy 13yrs ago due to endometriosos, my doctor is sending for an ultra sound of the pelvis. The pain feels the same way it felt when I had my menstral. My doctor told me it could be endometriosos, is that possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy is not a guarantee for removing endometriosis!

      For many women, a total hysterectomy is advised by their doctors if they have severe endometriosis. These women are hopeful of gaining relief from the pain and symptoms of this disease by having a hysterectomy. This advice is fuelled by the thinking that if you remove the diseased organs then you will remove the disease. This is not the case. It is known that the implants, and the evidence of endometriosis can be found all over the pelvic cavity. So removing the uterus and ovaries will very often leave some of the disease behind.

      Some surgeons will attempt to remove the disease which is scattered around the pelvic cavity, as well as removing the reproductive organs. But even so, this can still leave undetected or microscopic implants behind.

      There are many reported cases where a woman has had a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and ovaries) as treatment for endometriosis, only to be given hormone replacement therapy. This can encourage the disease to flare up again, because estrogen is part of the hormone replacement therapy, and endometriosis feeds on estrogen. Of course hormone replacement therapy is prescribed to replace the hormones that are lost because of the removal of the ovaries. This begins to turn into a vicious circle. So hysterectomy is not the answer for endometriosis no matter what stage the disease is at.

      Some women as young as their early 20's are opting for a Hysterectomy as a means to gain relief from endometriosis. It is doubtful whether these young women are aware of the possibility of a return of the disease. Then there are the problems of dealing with a surgically induced menopause at such a young age. These women will be prescribed synthetic hormones (hormone replacement therapy) for years, only to have to deal with all the side-effects they can bring.

      You can read more about it at the following link:

      http://www.endo-resolved.com/hysterectomy.html

      I would recommend seeing your gyneacologist to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  21. QUESTION:
    How young is too young for a hysterectomy and oophorectomy?
    I'm 27 with 2 kids I was told I'd never have. I have endometriosis and recurring ovarian cysts and adhesions. I've had 7 surgeries (6 laparoscopies and 1 laparotomy) in the last 10 years and I'm going to have another one in less than 2 weeks. DH and I were hoping to try for a 3rd baby later this year but with the pain I'm in I'm almost ready to throw in the towel. Is it too soon to give up? BTW - my mom was only 23 when she HAD to have a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      There's never a 'right age' for a hysterectomy. There are extensive potential long-term risks involved in early surgical menopause. However, often, the reason or basis for the hysterectomy outweighs the potential risks. However, Endometriosis is not one of those reasons.

      Endometriosis is absolutely not cured by hysterectomy and it needs no HRT to continue thriving following removal of the uterus/ovaries. Endo implants themselves produce their own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme, known as aromatase, and therefore, any disease left behind during the hysterectomy will continue to cause symptoms.

      The key to living well with Endo is to remove disease, not healthy organs. Before going into this next surgery, take time to learn about excision surgery. See the following websites:

      http://www.centerforendo.com
      http://www.endometriosistreatment.org
      http://www.endoexcision.com

      Hysterectomy has a role in Endometriosis treatment, particularly in advanced stages in those who also have adenomyosis. However, it is not a valid treatment to simply remove the uterus and ovaries without removing all the disease left behind.

      Good luck to you.

  22. QUESTION:
    can a hysterectomy cause early menopause even still having ovaries?
    I've been having bouts of hot flashes and profuse sweating,not sleeping sound. I recently turned 50 and had a hysterectomy when I was 33. Is this menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Hysterectomy is the main causes of early menopause. Even if you still have ovaries, your estrogen and progesterone levels plunge, leading immediately to menopause.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you have any symptoms after having a partial hysterectomy?
    I'm just having my uterus removed (it's enlarged and prolapsed and is causing alot of issues...I'm not having any bleeding problems etc,) my tubes and ovaries will be left alone. I know I won't get a period any longer, but since I won't be needing hormones, I should be OK, right? No mood swings or any other symptoms I'm hoping. I'm not going through menopause, I've been tested via bloodwork and also a uterine biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends...you will feel moody and will still feel like you normally did at your "time" of the month for a while and I do still 23 years later. I had a partial and then years later ended up having the rest removed. I'm 48 and now am "going through the change". It isn't as bad as people say. I cannot take hormone replacement therapy because I've had cancer. You will have some mood swings but you'll be able to work through them, trust me. If you cannot, talk to your Dr. Good luck. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
      Peace & Love :)

  24. QUESTION:
    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.

  25. QUESTION:
    Would it be better to have a tubal ligation or a hysterectomy?
    My mother has terminal cancer (started at breast, breast was removed, and now through body). I want no more children. Already have 3 ages 16, 11, and 2. My family has a history of different cancers. Considering this, would a hysterectomy be better in the long run?

    • ANSWER:
      Few physicians will do a prophylactic (preventative) hysterectomy. It's an abdominal-incision surgery that can require up to 3 months' recuperation. In addition, if the hysterectomy is total (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus) you will have surgically-induced menopause.

      Regarding tubal ligations, there is the theory that interfering with the vascular system of the fallopian tubes can cause post-tubal-ligation syndrome. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51216
      http://pregnancy.families.com/blog/post-tubal-ligation-syndrome

      You don't mention whether there's a history of ovarian or endometrial cancer in your family. If you're concerned about cancer, discuss your options with your physician.

      If your main concern (other than cancer) is birth control, you may want to discuss vasectomy with your partner/husband. While tubal ligation http://12.31.13.3/library/healthguide/en-us/images/media/medical/hw/nr551764.jpg and hysterectomy require general anesthesia, a vasectomy requires only a local anesthetic and is done in a physican's office http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/vasectomy-14387
      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/vasectomy/article_em.htm

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that women, who have gone through the menopause can still suffer with PMT?
    A friend of mine had a hysterectomy aged 26. For years afterwards she suffered mood swings every month. I haven't catalogued it but every so often, my Partner winds me up so much that I fly at him. Could this be linked to PMT or PMS 8 years after the event?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't forget the old saying:-
      "Older woman - post menopausal - low in oestrogen - high in attitude!"
      I'm afraid that as our testosterone and oestrogen levels become more nearly equal we do become a little more "masculine" in our tolerance levels.

  27. QUESTION:
    what are the sympotoms after getting a hysterectomy and ovaries being taken out?
    my mom just got a hysterectomy and she also got her ovaries taken out with the uterus SO. what are the symptoms during recovery that she could experience?

    • ANSWER:
      If you get your ovaries removed, you won't produce any hormones and you'll go into surgical menopause and stop having periods. Her risk of osteoporosis and dental problems will increase. She might have migraine headaches as well as dry skin. She might have depression related to brain chemical changes, since the ovarian hormones perform over 200 functions in the body. The hysterectomy can cause some abdominal muscle weakness so she shouldn't lift anything for awhile. In general she'll be tired

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you gain weight after a hysterectomy?
    I'm having a hysterectomy in May and have heard various stories about weight gain. Is it possible to lose weight after the operation? I struggle with my weight and am upset at the thought of gaining a lot of weight on top of all the other effects. Would apprectiate any feedback from anyone that has been through this? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Not everyone does, some lose weight.
      If you have an abdominal hysterectomy (as opposed to laparoscopic which is through a small incision) you might need to take things easy for a bit and take refuge in comfort eating. You can soon get rid of any weight gained once you are fully active again.
      If you have your ovaries removed at the time of your hysterectomy then you will have an immediate menopause. If you have a hysterectomy and your ovaries are left intact then you have up to a 50% chance of your ovaries failing within five years of your hysterectomy.
      If you have HRT afterwards side effects include: possible weight gain, breast tenderness and headache - similar to those you might have experienced prior to your period every month.

      A colleague at work had a total (including ovaries) hysterectomy and had always had to watch her weight. She looked so well afterwards and 15 years later is the same weight she has always been.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there an age when menopause is over?
    I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 31. I was on Premarin but now I am 46 and my Dr won't prescribe them anymore. Is there an age when I won't have these symptoms??!!?? Can you give me some remedies for these sweats that I have at least 20 times a day. It is embarrassing. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask ur Dr to continue Premarin.

      As u had undergone hysterectomy u have no chance of developing any Cancer.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the typical signs of menopause?
    I'm 45...shouldn't I be showing signs by now? I'm not. I can't ask my mother because she had a hysterectomy at 36, and my grandmother is dead. There's no one else in my family to ask about the average age for our family, but it seems like I ought to be showing symptoms by now!

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't start going thru menopause until they are in their fifties. Some of the most common symptoms are
      Changes in your menstrual cycle - i.e., longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter periods, or missed periods
      Hot flashes (power surges -- sudden rush of heat from your chest to your head)
      Palpitations, skipped heartbeats
      Internal shaking / tremor-like feelings
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness
      Dry skin and skin changes

      You may be one of the lucky ones that will breeze right through it.

  31. QUESTION:
    When did humans stop forcing hysterectomies on women who acted unladylike?
    I know the middle eastern countries still force hysterectomies on women who dont follow societys' norms. But when did europeans stop doing this? I know that up until a certain point a womans male guardian could force a hysterectomy on her if she was opinionated, interested in the work of men, not interested in "womens work," playing like a child when she was deemed to old for anything other than learning to be a wife and mother (an average age of about 8) etc... But i cant find anything on when this became outlawed

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomies cause early menopause which make women LESS inclined to want to be mothers and wives.

      OmG for some reason when I read your question I thought you were a sexist troll "hilariously" advocating for hysterectomies. I don't know a true answer to you question I tried google but the closest I've come to an answer was that hysterectomies as treatment for hysteria was a practice of the 19th century. There was a movie about it recently if you're interested. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1435513/

  32. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to cure night sweats?
    I had a complete hysterectomy in 1998, and I'm done dealing with HRT, due to all the bad effects it causes, and it never did help with my night sweats anyway!! Is there anything out there I can take for them that is natural?

    • ANSWER:
      I entered peri-menopause and I simply refuse to take HRT. You are a smart girl to discontinue them but you do need some sort of help with your symptoms.

      What I use is a Bio-Identical Hormone Cream which comes from wild yam. I order mine online at www.askdrhelen.com. If you go to her website (Dr. Helen Pensanti) there is a simple questionaire that you can fill out and it will tell you which hormone cream is the best suited for you. It is very inexpensive and I have never had a problem with ordering from them.

      My periods were coming once every 3 months and since I started using the cream, approx. 6 months ago, I now have regulated back to a once a month menses. You rub a small amount of the cream, approx. 1/4 tsp., on your inner thighs or inner arms. I believe it states that if you have problems sleeping or have night sweats you can rub it on your face and the back of your neck. I personally don't get the hot flashes.

      Also, if you have questions you can click on to the section where it says "contact Dr. Pensanti" and you can write questions to her and she will respond back to you. I have gotten very prompt responses when I have written to her.

      A jar of her Phyto-Progesterone cream runs about .00 - .00 and one jar lasts me about 4-5 months because you use such a small amount. I have had NO side effects from this product and I am very pleased with it.

      Do a little check on her website and read through her material. I hope this helps you to feel better soon! Good Luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    what is safe treatment for menopause after endometroid cancer?
    HRT isn't an option as it is oestrogen based and I have had aTotal Abdominal Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy .

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't having any symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, etc. I wouldn't worry. My doctor told me I would experience problems right after my total hysterectomy and I got a shot of estrogen in recovery and he put me on premarin. I stopped taking it because it gave me headaches and have not had any problems.

      You might talk to your doctor about non estrogen supplements that might help if you are having problems. Most of the "natural" supplements I am aware of contain estrogen. (black cohash, soy...)

  34. QUESTION:
    How to reduce hot flashes after the ovaries have been removed?
    I recently had partial hysterectomy ( I still have my uterus ) and the hot flashes began soon after.Night sweats very often disturb my sleep,anxiety with no apparent reason and depression.I'm not very good at taking medications and looked into natural remedies.Primrose oil,black cohosh,magnesium etc.However,studies show that there's no proven effectiveness and there are side effects too,like damaging the liver.I need help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take hormones. The hormones are better than the menopause.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you have any symptoms like mood swings, after having a partial hysterectomy?
    I'm just having my uterus removed (it's enlarged and prolapsed and is causing alot of issues...I'm not having any bleeding problems etc,) my tubes and ovaries will be left alone. I know I won't get a period any longer, but since I won't be needing hormones, I should be OK, right? No mood swings or any other symptoms I'm hoping. I'm not going through menopause, I've been tested via bloodwork and also a uterine biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to read a book called You Are What You Eat by Gillian Mc Keith. Her 11 week eating and exercise plan really straightened out my hormones major big time plus I lost weight but its not really about losing weight, its about being healthy.

  36. QUESTION:
    I am 51 and just recently started having a few dizzy spells, is this is related to the menopause?
    had a hysterectomy 11 yrs ago, still have one ovary. Have had my blood pressure done recently all ok. Dizzy spells come when sitting down and standing, feels weird and unnerving.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is probably related to menopause. But "probably" does not mean "definitely," and some causes of dizziness can be serious, so you should not just rely on the opinions you read here from strangers.

      Go to the doctor as soon as you can and explain what is happening. Have her or him examine you. Most likely it is nothing. As I said, it is probably related to menopause. But find out for sure. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some of the signs of early menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy when I was 22 and I'm 35 now. I've been having hot flashes, moodiness and excess hair on my face....should I see my doctor about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms include irregular periods, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, disrupted sleep, headaches, dry eyes, vaginal changes (dryness), hair loss, weight gain and a loss of interest in sex. Someone women may also experience extreme emotional distress. Other common physical signs of menopause are infertility, bladder control issues, heart palpitations, increase in facial hair, changes in body odor and dry mouth or other oral symptoms. You should seek the advice and attention of a medical professional if you are experiencing symptoms which are difficult to deal with.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat severe endometriosis pain?
    I have suffered from this for 4 years and had surgery to laser off endo growths from my abdominal cavity three years ago. The endo came back and about a year ago I started depo shots, which stopped the periods and helped. Sometimes the depo seems to wear off early and I will have a period with intense pain. I am trying to find other options to treat the pain besides anti-inflammatories, which have caused ulcers. Any ideas as to what would help with the pain? I plan to have children and would like to avoid a hysterectomy for at least three years.

    • ANSWER:
      The more answers I read on here to questions about Endo, the more I realize the complete lack of factual information that still abounds throughout society concerning this disease. It's quite staggering and unbelieveable that in 2006 - almost 2007 - doctors are still telling their patients that their options are superficial laser ablation/vaporization, pregnancy, hystererectomy or drug therapy. It's no wonder women and girls find this disease impossible to live with and confusing, and are not able to choose successful options to help them feel better - their doctors are all practicing medicine like it was 1935.

      Here are some facts - real facts, grounded in science and current research, not old wive's tales that certain physicians are still espousing.

      #1) There is no absolute cure for Endometriosis - not pregnancy, not hysterectomy, not menopause - BUT there are ways to live well with it. Telling a patient that their options are to have a hysterectomy or a "prescribed pregnancy" is just plain bad medicine.

      #2) The key is to remove disease, not organs. Lack of a period does not equal cured Endo. Of course the disease will "come back" after superficial surgeries and drug therapies - it was never removed in the first place.

      You need to have the Endo removed from ALL locations (and yes, it's possible) in order to feel better. Anything less is just a temporary, stop-gap measure.

      #3) Studies show time and again that surgical removal through meticulous, advanced excision can alleviate painful symptoms and infertility for the long term, even in stage III and IV patients. For example, one Endo treatment specialty center (centerforendo.com) has a better than 50% success rate in their stage 4 Endo-related infertility patients, and 75% in their stage III infertility patients, and a better than 80% success rate overall in all stages for non-recurrence of pain and other symptoms; in some cases, 20 yrs. out.

      Remove disease, not organs. Get the help of a true specialist, someone who's practice is dedicated to the care and treatment of women with this disease. Someone who has advanced endoscopic surgery skills, not just some average Joe Gyn who took a weekend laser course and now "zaps" Endo in between delivering babies and prescribing Lupron to patients. Someone who understands the enigmatic, invasive nature of the disease and takes it seriously. Help is out there, it's just sometimes really hard to see through all the BS thrown at us from the medical establishment at large.

      See http://www.centerforendo.com, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/erc, http://www.endoexcision.com, http://www.endometriosistreatment.org, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/endodocs and http:www.endocenter.org for more info and support. You're not alone. Good luck to you, and find a better doctor worthy of treating you with accuracy and compassion - someone who will help you get your life back and not force an ineffective treatment down your throat.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have been trying to stop taking Premarin but the symptoms during withdrawal are horrible. Advice?
    I started taking Premarin at 40 after having a radical hysterectomy. Now 14 years later I'm trying to get off the stuff. The hot flashes and general feelings of being very unwell are debilitating. I've tried the natural remedies offered at the health food stores but none have been effective. Any one out there gone through this? How long does it last? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't remember if it was Premarin that my friend was taking prior to deciding to try a natural product called Menopause Balance Complex and is extremely pleased with it.

  40. QUESTION:
    When a cat gets spayed, is this the same as a hysterectomy?
    Is it any different from a human getting a hysterectomy? Like suppose I decided that I never want to get married or have kids. I don't want to have periods anymore, so why couldn't I get myself spayed, like cats do? Wouldn't I live longer that way, like spayed cats also do?

    • ANSWER:
      Spaying a cat or dog is called an ovariohysterectomy. The uterus and ovaries are removed, a hysterectomy is when the uterus only is removed. It is a sure fire way to avoid uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer. But the side effects for people (was "spayed" six years ago) includes immediate menopause, hot flashes, osteoperosis, increased risk of breast and bladder cancers as well as acne from the HRT therapies.

  41. QUESTION:
    How serious are the risks of a 50 year old woman taking birth control?
    Since my friends monthly friend is so heavy, the doctor wants her to have a hysterectomy, but she won't. She thinks birth control will be better to stop the heaviness. Is 50 too old to be on birth control due to side affects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, sorry i'm a day late on answering.

      There's got to be something else going on with your friend that birth control would not fix, otherwise her doctor would have certainly recommended this first. One of the many things going on could be fibroids growing in your friend's uterus. Fibroids are minimally effected by the pill, so it would not help at all. If she has fibroids and seems far away from entering menopause (fibroids tend to shrink in menopause) then her doctor probably would have recommended a hysterectomy. There are other ways, but none of them permanent, to get rid of fibroids. Only a hysterectomy would make sure they are gone for good and not coming back. All other methods would only be a temporary fix.

      But, since your friend is already 50, the temp fix might just be enough. Your friend is close to menopause. So I would recommend she speak to her doctor one more time to really make him understand her thoughts on the matter. If he is adamant, then she should go for a second opinion for sure, before doing anything.

  42. QUESTION:
    Women who have had hysterectomies - How does it affect your sex life?
    Women who have had hysterectomies - How does it affect your sex life?

    A. No ovaries removed
    B. Ovaries removed

    • ANSWER:
      i still have my ovaries but it still started menopause early on me at 42 it did change my sex life for the worse but they say it will get better the hot flashes being cranky and very easy to upset i sure hope it gets better i stay run down all the time

  43. QUESTION:
    Are my eggs still fertile because I had a partial hysterectomy where only my uterus was removed?
    Are my eggs still fertile because I had a partial hysterectomy where only my uterus was removed my ovaries are still in but i never get period because I don't have a uterus. Are my eggs just going to die now

    • ANSWER:
      Your eggs should be fine and healthy, though you will probably go through menopause a few years earlier than average due to decreased blood flow to the ovaries when your uterus was removed. When your eggs have died, you'll know, because you'll get symptoms of menopause.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can bladder prolapse be repaired without have a hysterectomy?
    Stage 4 or 5 prolapse. I'm 53 my OBGYN whats to do a hysterectomy because if I don't it her bladder repair won't work. she also is recommending the hysterectomy because I don't need it only more. My uterus is healthy and I see not reason to remove it.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your bladder prolapse due to uterine prolapse? I can understand her recommending a hysterectomy if your uterus has also prolapsed. But, if only the bladder is prolapsed, I wouldn't think a hysterectomy would be necessary. If it were me, I would ask for a second opinion.

      By the way, if you're worried about menopause, you can have a hysterectomy and keep your ovaries.

  45. QUESTION:
    How much longer will my menopause last?
    I had a hysterectomy in 2001 in which I also lost an ovary. My menopause started not long after that and still continues. I took HRT for a while but stopped after moving to Spain as I don't have a regular doctor over here. I still have the hot flushes and the mood swings but the worse for me is the lack of sex drive. It is driving a huge wedge between me and my husband which I do understand from his point of view but am tired of being called sexless and frigid, I am scared he will leave me because of it. Is there any natural remedies or anything over the counter that will help me. Also, how long does the menopause last. Getting desperate here now.

    • ANSWER:
      Your menopause will last forever, it is permanent and not reversible....

  46. QUESTION:
    I am at the brink of menopause should I still get a hysterectomy because I have fibroid?
    Hysterectomy is still considered a big surgery and many painful days of recovery, the fibroid I have sits on my bladder that is making me very uncomfortable. My question is should I get it all taken out now?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally with the onset of menopause with the estrogen levels going down your fibroid tumors will shrink on its own. Hence is is worth to adopt a wait and watch approach in the hope that your fibroids will automatically clear up with surgery post menopause.

      In the meantime try making diet, lifestyle changes which can relieve you of fibroid symptoms to a large extent. Accupuncture is also very useful for treating fibroids naturally.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Diet,-Herbs,-and-Exercise---3-Components-of-a-Natural-Fibroid-Cure&id=4147877

  47. QUESTION:
    Why am I having hot flashes five years after a radical hysterectomy?
    I had a radical hysterectomy over five years ago. Within a few months all menopause symptoms were gone. Well, my husbands says it took longer than a few months but it definitely wasn't an insidious and long term situation. Over the last few months I have begun to have flushing and heat feelings from the neck up, anxiety, fatigue and trouble concentrating, staying on focus and completing tasks. I do have Sleep Apnea and have used an autopap for years.

    • ANSWER:
      Weird. Have you recently lost weight or anything like that? Or is it possible you have a thyroid problem?

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to completely stop the menstrual cycle?
    I have been on several different birth control pills and they all have caused me to gain weight and have severe depression. I don't want children and I figure I have about 20 years until menopause. I am not willing to "lose" 2 weeks of my life every month to this horrible, disgusting affliction during which my thinking and entire personality is altered by overwhelming hormones.

    Is there anything that will stop the mood swings, hormones AND the awful bleeding?
    If hormones are the problem then how would consuming even more hormones help?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few different options, Nuva ring, which can be replaced immediately with no down time which will eliminate you period. Same thing can be done with the patch. During the 7 days you are supposed to leave it off, don't, just replace immediately and it will supress the cycle. Depo-Provera shot is another option, but I don't recommend it because most people tend to gain weight from it. You can also take an oral contraceptive, I recommend Yasmin, and skip the sugar pills, just moving on to the next pack. OR you could look into getting Norplant, which is an implanted sub-dermal device, usually in your arm, that lasts for 3 years. It keeps a constant flow of hormones and works similarly to Depo, but I heard has less side effects because it releases the hormones slowly rather than in one big injection.

      Hormones will help regulate your current hormone levels, and the only way to stop the cycle without at least a partial hysterectomy is impossible without the dreaded hormones. Although they won't allow a hysterectomy unless you've had kids or if it's medically necessary.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is anyone experiencing menopausal symtoms from hysterectomy?
    I had a hysterectomy and ovary removal 8 weeks ago. I am now experiencing surgical menopause. Hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, lethagy etc. Anyone else gone through this. Input would be great. I don't want to go on to HRT. I would try natural remedies, but not medical.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a hysterectomy in January, 2007. I had to wait 3 weeks to start hormones because of endometreosis. I opted to do HRT, I was only 27 and think that is what was right for me. It has taken me this long to get my hormones right. I am now on 1 mg of estrace a day and I use Progesterone cream twice a day and it has really helped.. I don't know much about the natural remedies, except a girl at work says she uses Estroven that she buys over the counter. She swears by it. Hope this helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how estrogen creams relate to menopause and memory loss?
    My mom is premenopausal and is wondering how estrogen creams relate to menopause and memory loss.

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen typically will help with menopausal symptoms, because the memory loss problem is mainly due to lack of estrogen, and most of the menopause symptoms are due to low estrogen. But if you take estrogen, you need to take progesterone too if your mom has not had a hysterectomy, because estrogen without progesterone can cause uterine cancer. Taking progesterone with the estrogen eliminates that risk. There is a minority of people who believe that the secret to treating menopause lies in taking only progesterone. But most doctors and menopausal women find that to be directly contrary to their own data and experiences.

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