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WHAT’S HAPPENING?  WHAT DO I DO?
A GUIDE TO MENOPAUSE

IF YOU’VE HAD A HYSTERECTOMY

Actually the term hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus. Often the ovaries are removed with it but not always. If the ovaries are left in, they will eventually cease to make estrogen as they do in all women. Of course there are no periods to stop but otherwise, the symptoms are the same. When the ovaries are taken out, the symptoms are likely to come on right away and are often quite uncomfortable. As with natural menopause, the discomfort can be helped with estrogen. Higher doses of estrogen may be needed right after the surgery but often can be tapered down later. When the ovaries are removed at a young age, estrogen replacement is particularly important to prevent problems with bones and also to keep the vaginal and pelvic tissues in a youthful state.

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