You are 25 years old and you have severe fibroids, you have a hysterectomy to cure the problem.  The hysterectomy removes your womb and cervix, thank god you think no more periods or cervical smears.

So then you get to 30 and you are getting hot flushes (and not just from passion), a dry vagina, you don’t want your partner, you are moody, you are weepy.  Were you warned that this would happen?, have you had these symptoms and been told that you were imagining them?.  What sort of information did you get from you GP or hospital?, have you had regular blood tests to monitor the levels of oestrogen in your blood?

Are you aware that you are probably going through the menopause?  The menopause at 30 you think, but my ovaries were left intact, they weren’t removed and they should be continuing to work right up until I’m 50 (or thereabouts) shouldn’t they?

In actual fact 1 in every 4 women who has a hysterectomy which leaves their ovaries in position will go through an early menopause within 5 years of their operation.  Many women are aware of the issues concerning menopause, that our natural protection against heart disease wears off leaving us with the same incidence as men, that somehow oestrogen production is linked with osteoporosis and this causes many of the problems with fractures that older women can suffer.   The earlier you have your menopause the earlier you will begin to experience problems such as those above and others associated with ageing.   All women need to be aware of the potential risk of an early menopause when they have a hysterectomy and they need to understand what that may mean for their life in later years so that they can take adequate measures to safeguard their health.

If a woman has a complete hysterectomy she should be offered hormone replacement therapy, in one form or another, from the outset.  She may or may not choose to take it and there are many ways to help yourself without taking HRT, and with the right information the right choice can be made.

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  1. I had a hysterectomy at 25 in 1994 it was for heavy periods I do think they wouldn’t now go to that measure. They left my ovaries I have had a couple of bone density scans and hormone checks every few years and all have been ok. I am now 48 and having hot flushes, issues around my urine intact, the doctor have refused to now give me a blood test to check my hormones as I am the natural age for menopause. I think I have been lucky that my ovaries have kept going this long. I haven’t took HRT I was once offered it as a precaution by a nurse practitioner in my thirties. Glad I declined after lots of research and speaking to a dr as it was 1 in 3 chance of breast cancer. And I wouldn’t actually of needed it as here I am at 48 natural menopause age to now go through it.

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