Surgery Induced Early Menopause

While many women are gradually introduced to menopause through a natural progression of the aging process, other women are subjected to it through surgical means. Hysterectomies can be performed on women of any age and in many cases force the body to undergo early menopause. Not all women who have hysterectomies will immediately enter into menopause as some women will undergo procedures that will remove the uterus or the uterus and fallopian tubes, however in all cases where women undergo a surgical removal of the ovaries during a hysterectomy procedure will enter into menopause and the transition will not be pleasant.

During a hysterectomy, a portion of or the entire reproductive tract will be removed. The ovaries are responsible for producing estrogen. As long as the ovaries remain intact, there is a good chance the woman will not enter into menopause after surgery.

Common underlying health conditions that will require surgical intervention include fibroids in the uterus, endometriosis, various cancers, uncontrollable vaginal bleeding, and complications arising from childbirth. Not all of these conditions will require the removal of the ovaries.

Women that enter into menopause after having a hysterectomy will experience the same symptoms as women that enter menopause naturally. These include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, loss of memory, and dry skin. These women, like other menopause sufferers, are encouraged to seek relief through eating a proper diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and adding Natrol Soy Isoflavones soy to their diets. Soy contains naturally occurring compounds known as phytoestrogens. These compounds help to relieve menopause symptoms by mimicking the natural hormones previously manufactured by the ovaries. Adding soy into the diets of hysterectomy induced menopausal women is especially important as the onset of symptoms is usually strong and immediate versus the gradual onset of symptoms in women with naturally occurring menopause.

The good news is that women experiencing menopause due to a hysterectomy will not suffer any more severe symptoms that women with naturally occurring menopause and the length of time the woman suffers from symptoms may be shortened due to the abrupt lack of estrogen instead of a radical fluctuation of estrogen production.

Talk to your doctor about what treatments are available to you to help you manage your menopause symptoms.

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