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how long does surgical menopause last?

By June 12, 2011 - 10:36pm
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Hi Gina M.,

Just to clarify-- are you asking how long the procedure lasts? If so, The surgery lasts normally about a half hour to an hour and you may remain in the hospital over night for observation.

If you're referring to symptoms post surgery--It is observed that a woman undergoing surgical menopause experiences certain symptoms more profoundly than women going through menopause normally. Since there is abrupt disruption of hormones after hysterectomy, the menopausal symptoms are more severe, more frequent and last longer when compared to natural menopause. The symptoms are triggered by the body's sudden inability to make certain hormones due to the removal of ovaries.

Hot flushes and night sweats are the commonest symptoms of surgical menopause. It is estimated that about 75 - 90% of women who have had surgical menopause experience them. This is due to the disturbance of the central thermostat located in the hypothalamus which is kept stable by normal circulating estrogen.

Other symptoms of surgical menopause range from sleepless nights, vaginal dryness and itching to decrease in sexual desire and painful intercourse. An understanding and informed partner can help in such situations. Depression is another common result of low estrogen level. Thyroid dysfunction, bladder infections, incontinence, weight gain, migraine, and irritability are also symptoms of surgical menopause.


Best wishes,


June 13, 2011 - 10:41am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks so much for the information. I am 7months post op of both ovaries. I have had really bad hot flashes and night sweats. I sleep with a mini fan on my night table. the flashes are constant. How long will this problems last? How long will i have hot flashes and night sweats? How long does the symtoms of surgical menopause last?

June 13, 2011 - 9:15pm
(reply to Gina Maize29506)

Hi Gina,

Well, The average length of perimenopause is four years, but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years. I can't really say how long surgical menopause would last but once you've gone a full year without a period, then you should expect a decrease in symptoms. I hope you're in the home stretch!

Best wishes,


June 15, 2011 - 7:34am
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