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After a total abdominal hysterectomy, when will the symptoms of menopause start?

After a total abdominal hysterectomy, when will the symptoms of menopause start?

Depends: If they removed your ovaries or not, i assume they did. But a total abdominal hysterectomy means removal of the uterus and cervix. If they also remove your ovaries that is called total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo- oophorectomy. If both ovaries were removed most patients usually get hot flashes within a few days but could possible be longer and the severity can vary per person. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Will you still get vaginal sloughing after partial hysterectomy and are done with menopause?

Will you still get vaginal sloughing after partial hysterectomy and are done with menopause?

Vaginal sloughing?: The vaginas in post menopausal women can lose some ability to stretch as estrogen declines. The vaginal surface then "thins" as the surrounding vaginal musculature contracts around it. I am not sure what you mean by the term "vaginal sloughing" as the vaginal lining does not "slough" off except some brief cell losses with intercourse which regenerate. ...Read more

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Having a robotic hysterectomy what are some non estrogen alternatives for hot flashes also weight gain. history of breast cancer. Recovery time?

Having a robotic hysterectomy what are some non estrogen alternatives for hot flashes also weight gain. history of breast cancer. Recovery time?

Soy, Black Cohosh: All nonestrogen alternatives are non prescription and non FDA approved. Can try but no evidence they work. Lifestyle changes can help, try to avoid triggers of the hot flashes. Recovery time would be about a month ...Read more

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After a total abdominal hysterectomy, when will menapause start?

After a total abdominal hysterectomy, when will menapause start?

Not changed: The timing of menopause is not effected by hysterectomy as long as the ovaries are not removed. ...Read more

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10 weeks post hysterectomy. Kept ovaries, but having hot flashes, weight gain and headaches. Is this normal for recovery?

10 weeks post hysterectomy. Kept ovaries, but having hot flashes, weight gain and headaches. Is this normal for recovery?

Probably normal: Recovery from surgery can include many symptoms, and different individuals have different symptoms. Weight gain is not at all unusual following hysterectomy. If your symptoms are very uncomfortable you should see your doctor. Otherwise, try to relax and allow your mind and body to recover. If the symptoms continue or get worse, you should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Will you go through menopause after a partial ovary removal/partial oophorectomy?

Will you go through menopause after a  partial ovary removal/partial oophorectomy?

Unlikely: Assuming that you have your other ovary, removal of part or all of the second ovary will not put a woman into menopause. The remaining ovary will still produce estrogen and ovulation will occur every month from the remaining ovary. I hope this helps you! ...Read more

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On hormone replacement therapy since hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to end HRT for normal menopause age?

On hormone replacement therapy  since  hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to  end HRT  for normal menopause  age?

Add progesterone: Estrogen continues to be made from the fat cells and adrenal glands so you need to be on natural Progesterone forever to balance the estrogen. It stimulates the p53 gene to protect you from cancers. ...Read more

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Will i get depressed after my hysterectomy? Will hormonal adjustments and losing my uterus cause depression after a hysterectomy? .

Will i get depressed after my hysterectomy? Will hormonal adjustments and losing my uterus cause depression after a hysterectomy? 

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Depression: If they are only taking out your uterus and leaving your ovaries, don't think you will get depressed! No hormonal adjustments needed. Also take Deplin 15 mg one week before surgery and 3-4 weeks after keep you from going into a mild depression. Its only a very strong Folate (folic acid) which has show to help depression, no side effects. ...Read more

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Having a complete hysterectomy done, what does hormone theropy consist of?

Having a complete hysterectomy  done, what does hormone theropy consist of?

Estrogen: Hormone therapy is given to women after removal of ovaries, or at the time of menopause. Typically most doctors will do everything they can to spare a women of 28 years from having her ovaries removed, as removing ovaries prematurely puts you at increased risk of bone loss and cardiovascular disease. Often reserved solely for diagnoses of cancer. Hormone replacement would be estrogen. ...Read more

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34 year-old woman continues to suffer gynecologic pains, especially with bodily movement, after da Vinci surgery for fibroids and endometriosis.....?

34 year-old woman continues to suffer gynecologic pains, especially with bodily movement, after da Vinci surgery for fibroids and endometriosis.....?

Ovarian conservation: Unfortunately this is fairly common; my best guess is it's related to recurrent or ongoing endometriosis. There are many (good) reasons for preserving ovaries when having a hysterectomy, but good data show that if ovaries are conserved women are 6 times more likely (62% vs. 10%) to have recurring symptoms, and 8 times more likely to need additional surgery (31% vs. 4%) than those who have them removed. Adhesive disease is certainly another possibility. ...Read more

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Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Can't be sure: Hot/cold flashes are clearly a part of menopause, but without a clear explanation of cause it's hard to give a clear plan to when they will diminish or stop. Research continues, but no definite answer is agreed to at this time. ...Read more

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Could someone take estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?

Could someone take estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?

Sometimes.: Always check with your oncologist before starting any hormonal therapy after having endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to drive after my total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and bladder sling?

How long should I wait to drive after my total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and bladder sling?

Depends: We usually recommend 2 weeks off from driving but it depends on how you are feeling and if you had an open procedure or laparscopic hysterectomy. For uncomplicated laparascopic procedures 1-2 weeks. Ask your md what she recommends. ...Read more

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Should i expect weight gain and early menopause with a partial hysterectomy? I am 35 years old.

Its possible: Menopause has been shown to start around 2 years earlier than average (49 instead of 51) in woman with a hysterectomy. So, you still have plenty of time before that is an issue. The weight gain is more of a myth. If you eat healthy and exercise regularly you will significantly reduce any risk (hysterectomy related or not) of weight gain. ...Read more

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Total hysterectomy 1.5 years ago for endometrial cancer. Bleeding today after my vaginal vault pap for screening. Is this normal?

Total hysterectomy 1.5 years ago for endometrial cancer. Bleeding today after my vaginal vault pap for screening. Is this normal?

Yes: You have low estrogen levels because of the removal of your ovaries. This causes the vaginal tissues to thin out and dry out and it becomes very easy to traumatize them and cause bleeding, even from the pap swab. More serious problems should be detected by the pap itself. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more