• what does "sudden" menopause do to you when you have your ovaries removed?

    Asked by vizslagirl on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    what does "sudden" menopause do to you when you have your ovaries removed?

    i've been in chemically induced menopause for 18 months but i just had my ovaries removed 3 weeks ago & now i'm in SUDDEN, severe menopause. i'm only 37--what do i need to expect? is tiredness and lack of energy normal? anyone had this procedure and have some insight on what i can expect my body to do or not do? will my skin get thin & frail like my grandmother's?

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    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had my ovaries removed and a hysterectomy in November 2010. (My periods had stopped about 6 months prior to the surgery.) I then had 6 rounds of chemotherapy spaced 3 weeks apart. After the chemotherapy was over, I had problems with low energy for about 9 months but have gradually built back my strength as it was before now 1 - 1/2 years after my last chemo treatment. I had problems with hot and cold flashes for about a year after the surgery. I felt like my body was having trouble regulating its temperature. I learned to wear layered clothing that I could remove and put back on depending on how I felt. My skin may have thinned on my hands a little but not a lot. I've also noted a little more facial hair than before menopause. On the positive side, it's nice not to have monthly cramping, PMS, and other things associated with monthly periods.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There really is no such thing as sudden menopause. By definition, menopause is a process that begins when your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, whether from natural causes (aging), or surgical or chemical causes. In your case, you have both induced menopause and premature or early onset menopause because you are under 40. But the cause or age of onset doesn't alter the symptoms or the severity or duration of those symptoms. Fatigue and skin changes can symptoms of menopause but it can also be from cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation or other totally unrelated temporary or chronic conditions.

      about 8 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      I stopped getting my period after having chemo; however, I was never in menopause. After five years of being on Tamoxifen, I needed to be in menopause to go on Femara. Despite not having my period for almost 6 years, I still was not in menopause. I opted to have my ovaries removed, and a full laparoscopic hysterectomy. It has now been over one year since having my hysterectomy, and the only thing is I still get hot flashes. I am so glad that I had the procedure done. I was able to get on Femara, and not have to worry about ovarian cancer in the future.

      about 8 years ago
    • Laurie's Avatar

      Tamoxifen decreased, but didn't stop, my periods. Recurrent cancer, so got the DaVinci robotic oophorectomy/ hysterectomy (Wow---a piece of cake! Unexpectedly nearly pain free surgery!!! I should be iin their ads!!!!!) to be able to take AIs.. I didn't really see any change. I'm still hot all the time (no flashes, but I never expected to be able to set my house heat at 65 degrees and be quite comfortable in a T-shirt---saves on gas bills!!!!). I think I have LESS frequent night sweats (I get the cold sweat kind, not hot). My skin is dryer and thinner maybe, but maybe just age and not menopause per se. I'm not sure it changes anything from those of us already in peri-menopause. But, if you weren't having any perimenopause symptoms, that might be different. With perimenopause, you gradually over the years start getting various symptoms. With surgical induced, you might not have any today, then, voila, now you do. I don't think there are any studies that show the symptoms are necessarily any worse than natural menopause (which, of course, varies from person to person anyway).

      about 8 years ago

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