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Partial hysterectomy and menopause

By May 22, 2015 - 7:35am
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How can you tell you are going through menopause when you no longer have a period due to a partial hysterectomy?

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Hello mom2mba,

Thank you for your question. In a subtotal or partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed.

With your ovaries intact, you will experience the symptoms of perimenopause like every other woman.

For women who undergo partial hysterectomies excluding the removal of one or both ovaries, early onset of menopause is unlikely to occur, since they continue to produce estrogen. Even though they won't menstruate any more, they will typically enter menopause in the same age range as women who have not had a hysterectomy, although some studies show that those who have undergone partial hysterectomies face menopause about two years earlier than the average for women at large.

Of course, not every woman who experiences severe menopause symptoms and some who have a partial hysterectomy might not notice any fluctuations in mood or temperature at all.

Generally, a woman is said to have reached menopause once she has gone 12 consecutive months without a period. In your case, your gynecologist can order blood tests to check estrogen levels to determine when you have reached menopause.


May 22, 2015 - 8:57am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks for the answer. I wasn't sure how the partial would affect menopause.

May 22, 2015 - 9:59am
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