LadyCare: Hysterectomy Menopause
A hysterectomy will result in a woman becoming menopausal at an earlier age than usual. Broadly speaking the surgery will be either a hysterectomy or an oophorectomy. In all cases your periods will stop and you will no longer be able to become pregnant.
In the case of an oophorectomy where the ovaries are removed, you will immediately become menopausal, post-surgery. If the ovaries have not been removed as part of the hysterectomy, you will become menopausal any time up to 5 years following the surgery.
This early menopause will give you the same symptoms as any normally occurring menopause.
24 menopause symptoms
Natural menopause alternatives may help reduce 24 symptoms associated with the menopause, including:
- Hot flushes
- Heart palpitations (feeling your heart racing)
- Mood swings
- Sudden tears
- Loss of libido, sex drive
- Feelings of doom and dread
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Inability to concentrate
- Trouble sleeping
- Urinary incontinence upon sneezing or laughing
- Itchy, crawly skin
- Sudden weight gain
- Hair loss
- Stomach problems: indigestion and gas
- Painful and sore muscles, tendons and joints
- Breast soreness, tenderness
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Disturbing lapses of memory
- Increased muscle tension
- Bladder infections
LadyCare is equally effective when used for surgically induced menopause as it is for natural menopause.
*NHS descriptions of types of hysterectomy:
- Total hysterectomy – the womb and cervix are removed; this is the most commonly performed surgery
- Subtotal hysterectomy – the womb is removed, but not the cervix
- Total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – the womb, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) and the ovaries (oophorectomy) are removed
- Radical hysterectomy – the womb and surrounding tissues are removed, including the fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue