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I am 47 and have just had both ovaries removed. I am in surgical menopause and need help.

By November 1, 2011 - 12:28pm
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I had my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed (Oct. 26, 2011) as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer (I still have my uterus). Ovarian cancer runs in my family.
What are some natural ways to deal with surgical menopause?
If I were to take hormone replacements, what is considered the safest way to do this?

Any related information would be appreciated.
Thank you,

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Hi Carolyn,
I found a website for you, NetWellness.org., which is affiliated with University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University: http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/menopause/faq1.cfm

There is information on surgical menopause, which you might find very helpful.

To answer your questions about hormone replacement therapy, "Some women will be given estrogen immediately after surgery to try to prevent the intense changes, especially hot flashes. However, the use of estrogen is controversial, and is not recommended for women with existing, or a high risk of developing, cardiovascular disease. When taking estrogen, take the lowest dose for the shortest possible time, and consider alternative therapies. Some antidepressants or herbal therapy, such as black cohosh, or a diet high in soy, may help to relieve hot flashes. Women with surgical menopause should not take progestins. "

Here are the links to slide show presentations on the EmpowHer site which offer information on treatments for menopausal symptoms:




Wishing you a quick recovery,


November 1, 2011 - 4:15pm
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