Researchers at Duke University have reported in the December 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal that even when the ovaries are conserved in a partial hysterectomy, that this will not prevent a woman from experiencing a premature menopause, in fact it is possible that they double their risk of a premature menopause.
The researchers followed two groups of women, 406 women who had had hysterectomies with 465 who had not had one. They found some differences, for instance women who had a hysterectomy also had higher body mass indexes and were more likely to have a history of uterine problems. Their research confirmed research in the 1990’s by John Studd which showed that women having a hysterectomy that conserved their ovaries would experience the menopause roughly two years earlier than they might have expected to, had they not had a hysterectomy and that 50% of women would experience a menopause within 5 years of surgery.
However, what is not clear from the research is that the ovarian failure is definitely caused by the hysterectomy surgery itself and it is entirely possible that this is related to the underlying condition for which a hysterectomy was considered necessary.
We have a large section of information which is perfect for those women who are concerned about managing their menopause whether they have had a full or a partial hysterectomy and it includes details of the types of HRT available and also suggestions for managing your menopause naturally.
You can find the details of the research here: dukehealth.org/health_library/news/hysterectomy-increases-risk-for-earlier-menopause-among-younger-women