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I haven’t had menopause yet. How will surgery to remove my ovaries affect me?

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If you have not yet reached natural menopause and have surgery to remove your ovaries, you will have what is called “surgical” menopause. Among other things, this can cause:

Your doctor may recommend low-dose hormone therapy, or other medications and lifestyle changes, to help you with the symptoms.

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • A higher risk of osteoporosis

SOURCES:

Women’s Health.

Hall, J. , February 2006. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mayo Clinic, “Tests and Procedures, Oophorectomy.”

University of Michigan.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), “Surgical Removal of Ovaries and Tubes.”

NYU School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Women’s Health.

Hall, J. , February 2006. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mayo Clinic, “Tests and Procedures, Oophorectomy.”

University of Michigan.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), “Surgical Removal of Ovaries and Tubes.”

NYU School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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