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gracie1978

Surgical menopause

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gracie1978

Just after some advice to support a friend who is about to go through surgical menopause.

 

She's had everything take out due to cancer.

 

I've been reading online but I can't find anything about how long it lasts. I know she can't have typical support therapies like HRT.

 

If you've been through it and there is anything your friends could have done to be supportive I'd really appreciate the advice.

 

Also wondering does it usually last five years?

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purplekitty

Do you mean a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) is involved?

 

The menopause as a result is permanent.

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gracie1978

Do you mean a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) is involved?

 

The menopause as a result is permanent.

 

Yup that's what she had.

 

I'm aware it's permanent, but does it take five years to work through like naturally occurring menopause would? Or because it's more severe take less time?

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purplekitty

It's more acute than a natural menopause but there will be some variation in symptoms and how long they last between people just as there are with a natural menopause.

 

Hormones slowly decrease naturally but it is an abrupt cessation with surgery.

 

That's how I understand it anyway.

 

Is she having chemo,her Medical Oncologist should be able to answer questions about it.

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gracie1978

Nope, no chemo

 

She's hadn't been given much info at all.

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Anonforthistime

I would suggest she join the hystersisters online forums. There are some excellent resources available through that forum. I had a hysterectomy but didn’t go into full menopause as I kept 1 ovary.

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purplekitty

Cancer support groups might be able to help with information.

 

Needless to say her surgeon should have counselled her about what to expect.

It's part of the care she should receive,they are not merely technicians.

 

Who referred her to the surgeon?

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BusbyWilkes

The couple of people I know who have had that surgery went into menopause quickly after. Agree with Purple Kitty though, her surgeon/nurses or GP would be best placed to discuss her specific case with her.

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