Menopause after Hysterectomy

I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 29. I am now 52 and am experiencing extreme fatigue, crying, night sweats, and depression. If I had my hysterectomy at 29 can I be having menopause now at 52?

 

Answer:

 

Yes, women who had a hysterectomy before menopause can still go through menopause later in their life once they hit a certain age. It depends on whether or not the ovaries were removed during the hysterectomy. A complete hysterectomy is the most common type of hysterectomy performed, and it involves the removal of the cervix and uterus, but not the ovaries.

 

In cases where the ovaries are removed during the hysterectomy, this causes the body to almost immediately go into premature menopause (only if the woman has not already gone through menopause). This is called surgical menopause and occurs because of the sudden loss of estrogen hormones.

 

The symptoms that are experienced during surgical menopause are often more severe and frequent than regular menopause. Usually these symptoms are controlled using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If only one ovary is removed, then the body will not go through surgical menopause because the remaining ovary can make enough estrogen to make up for the other.

 

When the ovaries are not removed during the hysterectomy they continue functioning like normal. Once the woman reaches the natural age for menopause, she will go through the process like other women. She will still experience most of the symptoms of menopause even though she no longer has her periods. This is because the ovaries are still producing a regular balance of hormones until the time of menopause. When estrogen hormones begin to decline, this causes the symptoms.

 

Some women wonder how they will know when they are going through menopause after having a hysterectomy. The first hint is that usually the normal menopausal symptoms will be present. If you're still not sure, you can get a blood FSH (follicle stimulating hormones) test to determine if you're going through menopause. FSH are hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs - during menopause, the levels of FSH are raised.

 

 

3 comments
Posted by DeeAnn on August 3,2009 at 3:54 PM

I had a hysterectomy at 25 and my overies were left.  I never had a problem at all until about a year and a half ago.  I began having hot flashes and night sweats.  I started taking black cohosh root for this and it worked terrific!  I only had very mild symptoms so I stopped taking the black cohosh.  Bad move.  I just turned 50 in June and I have started having hot flashes and night sweats to the point I am miserable.  I hate to get dressed because I know I will sweat, I hate to go anywhere because i have to get dressed.  I sweat so bad at night that I am spending most of the night taking the cover off then pulling it back up, because I get chills; this is just a continuous thing.  Hot/cold/hot/cold.  Except for 'crampiness' after, not during, only after intercourse, these are my only symptoms.  I hate this feeling.  I feel like I smell bad all the time, my bras have a 'funky' odor to them.  Is this normal?  I have 'coffee bumps' in my breasts and have had for years (fibrocystic breast disease) so I  worry about hormone replacement therapy.  I am going to get me some more black cohosh root as soon as I can bring myself to shower, dress and go out.  I really hate this.  This will last anywhere from 2 to even 10 years?  How is a woman supposed to deal with this?

Posted by patricia on March 25,2007 at 7:44 PM
This imformation as been helpful, i would encourage all women to find as much imformation as they can, & to know they are not alone in this area, although they may feel they are.                    thank's for the help
Posted by Melba A. Martin on August 23,2006 at 6:36 PM
I had a hysterectomy at 29 also. I was never told I would immediately go thru menopause, but I remember quite well all the hot flashes and how miserable I was.

So my question is am I done with menopause?
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