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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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Anonymous

Hi

I had a partial hysterectomy (uterus only removed, cervix, fallopean tubes and ovaries left in situ) in 2011 when I was 41. I don't have periods, but I do occasionally get a small amount of menstrual blood from my cervix when I would normally be menstruating. I was told to expect this and it's perfectly normal.

I've just been diagnosed with a type of breast cancer only found in post menopausal women. I have had no menopause symptoms whatsoever - no hot flushes, no mood swings and no vaginal dryness. I'm also still getting ovulation pain, change in vaginal secretion linked to ovulation and some acne two weeks later. My GP says I must have gone through menopause and not noticed it. Is that really possible? He also said there's no blood test available that would confirm it. I know this isn't true because my former GP gave me a blood test in late 2015 and the results said I wasn't even peri-menopausal. I'm now 48 and on average, my family go into menopause in their early 50s. Any advice gratefully received, thank you.

September 11, 2017 - 12:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm 56 and had a partial hysterectomy at age 51and I have no symptoms of menopause either.

November 19, 2017 - 3:50pm
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Anonymous

I had a partial hysterectomy 2 yrs ago I'm 46. Now I'm getting hot flashes at night everyone thinks I'm crazy cuz I'm hot and there saying it's perfect tempature? What should or can I do ?

July 16, 2017 - 11:36am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

It sounds like you are experiencing symptoms of perimenopause.

Here are the links to articles that you might find helpful.
"Hot Flashes at Night? Options to Help Keep You Cool"
http://www.empowher.com/menopause/content/hot-flashes-night-options-help-keep-you-cool

"Perimenopause – What to Expect"
http://www.empowher.com/perimenopause/content/perimenopause-what-expect

Maryann

July 17, 2017 - 8:28am
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Anonymous

Thanks for the information.
I had a partial hysterectomy in 2006, (I'm now 46) I still have my ovaries and falopan tubes, what would I expect and when could it possibly occur when it comes to menopause, thank you

March 24, 2017 - 5:16pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Your gynecologist is the best person to ask. But, generally speaking, since you have your ovaries, you can expect to see the early signs of perimenopause in the next four years or so.

Most women begin perimenopause in their 50s. As levels of estrogen rise and fall unevenly, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. Other symptoms include vaginal dryness, hot flashes and mood swings.

You have reached menopause when you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months.

Regards,
Maryann

March 28, 2017 - 8:19am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks for that, I haven't had a period since I had the partial hysterectomy so I won't be able to judge it by that. Thank you

March 28, 2017 - 12:47pm
Guide

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.

Regards,
Maryann

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

i had a partial hysterectomy, many years later had 1 ivary removed. i suffer from depression. my doctor ordered hormone levels and they are all extremely, stating post menopause. my question is could my messed up hormone levels be causing my mood issues with my depression. how do i find out and understand this whole process.
TM

October 6, 2017 - 5:50pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

The short answer is yes - depression can happen in menopausal and post-menopausal women due to lowered estrogen.
Have you considered hormone replacement therapy?
Susan

October 9, 2017 - 2:51pm
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