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All The Symptoms Of Natural Menopause

Menopause is best described as the natural end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. It is important to recognize that menopause is a natural event in every woman’s life.

Surgical And Natural Menopause

Surgical, however, is a condition where a woman enters menopause, not through natural means, but through surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus, often associated with a hysterectomy, but might be the result of certain cancers as well. 

When a woman has a hysterectomy, she automatically enters surgical menopause. Surgical menopause has the same symptoms that are associated with natural menopause. 

The significant difference between surgical and natural menopause is that surgical menopause is sudden and the result of a medical procedure. 

Some of the most prevalent symptoms associated with both surgical and natural menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, depression and anxiety, vaginal dryness that can lead to painful intercourse, loss of libido, gaining weight, feeling hungry all the time, loss of hair, feeling irritable, incontinence and frequent bladder infections. 

Additionally, the most profound symptoms include the loss of menstruation and cessation of fertility.

When a woman enters menopause through surgical methods she can feel overwhelmed with many conflicting emotions. 

The reality that a woman will no longer bear children can cause great anxiety and depression. 

Since a woman’s hormones are made in the ovaries, surgical menopause results due the to the lack of hormones being produced in the body. 

Before undergoing menopause surgery it is important to discuss the side effects as well as possible complications with your health care provider.

Women who have previously entered menopause will not notice any symptoms should they have a surgical procedure or other treatment that causes the ovaries and fallopian tubes to stop working properly or to be completely removed. 

The most problematic aspect of surgical menopause is that the onset of menopausal symptoms happens immediately after the surgery. 

Unlike natural menopause, that can take several years to complete, a woman must adjust immediately to numerous changes in her body.

Physical Menopause Symptoms

How Long Does Surgical Menopause Last?

Since the onset of surgical menopause is immediate, the symptoms are severe and greatly intensified.

Some women who undergo natural menopause might find that the symptoms are tolerable and that they adjust to the changes in a gradual manner.

When menopause is brought about due to surgical methods the sudden changes on the body can cause a great upheaval. 

Additionally, the age that women undergo menopause surgery is often many years younger than they would otherwise enter natural menopause. 

Many hysterectomies are performed on women who are in their 30’s.  These woman might have not have entered natural menopause for another twenty years.

Another factor that contributes to the severity of surgical menopause is the aspect that a woman who is undergoing surgical menopause is also being treated for a medical condition. 

This compounds the symptoms of sudden menopause, as a woman also needs to heal due to they underlying health condition.  Often this adds to the level of anxiety and depression that the woman experiences. 

Women who are undergoing menopause surgery should speak openly with their health care provider regarding any fears or concerns that they might have. 

Additionally, after the procedure, they should let their health care provider know of any symptoms that they are experiencing, whether they are physical or emotional. 

Your health care provider will talk about treatment methods and possibly prescribe estrogen to help alleviate the symptoms.

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Surgical Menopause
Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 7, 2013

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