Surgically Induced Menopause
surgically induced menopause

What Is Surgically Induced Menopause?

Menopause – the bane to a women’s existence, but a naturally occurring condition as we age. Normal Menopause is the gradual decline of female hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone.  Surgically induced Menopause is a result  of medical procedures that induce menopause. 

Medical procedures like hysterectomies, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) or Fibroid Artery Embolization (FAE), or chemotherapy can induce a fast decline of estrogen and progesterone in the body causing early menopause and intense menopause symptoms. 

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Common Surgical Procedures That Induce Early Menopause

At age 39  I had the procedure UAE which threw me into intense and immediate menopause.  I had the procedure to relieve intense menstrual pain and heavy bleeding during my cycle,

UAE or FBE:  Fibroid Artery Embolization (FAE)  or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is  is a medical procedure that shrinks fibroidsFibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding and monthly cycles that can be quite painful. 

In the past, fibroids were surgically removed without removing the uterus and associated tubes, but many times grew back and the procedure would have to be repeated.  I had the fibroid removal surgery 3 times prior to an FAE procedure.

The Pros: 

  • Less invasive than a hysterectomy with little recovery time.
  • Fibroids do shrink causing less bleeding and pain during periods.  
  • Eliminates or tremendously lessens the cramps that go with your monthly cycle.

Hysterectomy:  A hysterectomy is a medical procedure that removes the uterus and/or the ovaries when women have various issues.

The Pros:

  • Eliminates menstrual cycles.  No more bleeding and pain, if this was a part of your regular cycle.
  • No fear of uterine cancer.  If you don’t have a uterus, then you can’t get uterine cancer, right?
  • Also, used to remove fibroids

Bilateral Oophorectomy:  Surgery where only the ovaries (uterus is left intact) are surgically removed used normally for cancer, (cervical, endometrial, or ovarian) or endometriosis and fibroids.  

The Pros:

  • If cancer was the issue, removal of the ovaries can save your life.  
  • If done to remove fibroids, this will cause less bleeding and pain during the menstrual cycle

The Cons

The cons for these procedures usually result in a sharp decline or elimination of our estrogen and progesterone hormones which throws us into early menopause with intense and usually immediate effects. 

Results of Surgical Induced Menopause

As a woman’s hormones decrease menopause symptoms come in with a vengeance and include extreme and intense hot flashes in numbers, in intensity, extreme fatigue, night sweats, osteoporosis, hot flashes, insomnia, just to name a few. Additional symptoms could include hair loss, dry skin, vaginal dryness, body aches and pains, mood swings and little to no sex drive.

These symptoms can be harsh with a major impact on a woman’s lifestyle and body so we look to find solutions, medicines, etc. to ease the intensity of symptoms of surgically induced menopause. 

Finding Relief From Surgical Induced Menopause 

I had the Fibroid Artery Embolization (FAE or UAT).  I was asked to be in the clinical trials for this procedure when I was 39.  Being thrown into intense menopause was a side effect I didn’t expect.  I’ve since tried various remedies over the years for relief from these intense symptoms and I have learned what works best and what doesn’t.   

My hot flashes came quickly and intensely. One day I counted 30 knockdown, drag out, take my breath away – hot flashes!  They were so intense sometimes I’d lay down on the kitchen floor or bathroom floor (tiled) just to try to cool down ASAP.  It was exhausting and incredibly tiring, draining all of my energy from my body. 

So with my search for relief from the intensity of the hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms ,I discovered what really works.  There were lots of remedies and you don’t have to live with no relief.    

So What Works Best?

Our bodies are so different it is difficult to find a one size fits all solution.  It depends on the intensity of the menopausal symptoms of the woman and her system. So be prepared to try different methods until YOU find what WORKS FOR YOU.  

Natural remedies or supplements do NOT ALWAYS work for those who suffer from medically/surgical induced menopause.  If so, the procedure was just recent, and the hormone levels have not dropped drastically enough yet to where it has stabilized.   Ingredients and specified levels for natural products are not regulated and it will be difficult to find ‘the levels’ that work for you.

Surgically induced menopause usually REQUIRES medical intervention to replace the hormones to a level where you will not suffer with intense menopause symptoms.

Final Words

If you are suffering intense symptoms of surgically induced menopause see a doctor first.  There is relief in many forms.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) probably works best as it replaces the hormones your body is now missing, but can have it’s own side effects.  There are natural replacements but knowing how much and what to take can cause women to be discouraged as they go through the process to see what works for them.

So what are your menopause symptoms like?  Do tell?  Do you need help determining what will work for you?  If you have questions, please leave a comment below or send me an email me for a free discussion about options to help you find menopause relief. 

God Bless,

 

 

 

 

 

barbara@barbaracharles.org 

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