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Q: How long is menapause after a full hyster? i had surgery 9 weeks ago and i have been experiencing hot flashes just wondering how long this will go on?

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
11/15/10 10:26am

Hi, Kricket,

 

Nina provides some great first-hand experience. I also wanted to provide some feedback so I went to "The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause" by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge. They wrote that the North American Menopause Society has found that up to 90% of women who have undergone surgery-induced menopause report hot flashes.  "Although some doctors maintain that over time, hysterectomised and oophorectomised women find that their hot flashes decline, becoming similar to rates of women going through natural menopause, this is just not borne out by the evidence, and many women continue to suffer hot flashes even into their seventies and eighties," the pair wrote.

 

Amy Hendel wrote a great sharepost on how to get hot flashes under control that may be helpful. You also may want to talk to your doctor about what you're experiencing.


Take care and keep us posted!

 

Dorian

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Kricket, Community Member
11/15/10 1:15pm

Thank you Dorian, this is very helpful!  I did speak with my doc about hormone replacement and i really didn't like the side affects i read up on such as the estradial.  I figured if i could just hold on and try to handle the hot flashes for as long as possible. I think i would rather take a more natural product with min. side affects. thank you for responding you have been most helpful.

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NC, Community Member
11/14/10 5:50pm

Hi Kricket,

 

Did you keep the ovaries? if you don't have the regular hormone, the menopause can last a long time. I had this one in 2000 and I still have bad hot flash problem. I had cancer at that time so I only take plant hormone supplement sometimes. I cannot take hormone replacement even though my doctor gave me that prescription. My cancer was cured in 2001. If you don't worry about cancer, you can try hormone replacement and etc. If you are in the 40s or 50s, I think it will take quite a long while. I am in the early 50s.

 

Regards,
Nina

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Kricket, Community Member
11/15/10 1:07pm

Hi Nina,

Thank you for your response!  They did a full Hyster. My doc gave a prescription for estradial (sp?) but i didn't like what i read about the side affects so i have not taken it and figured that i would hang on as long as i can! The hot flashes are not extreme they come and go but i am sure i am just in the beginning stages but this is the only thing i have experienced so far.  I was just curious on how long you go thru menopause.  I am 43 so you think this will go on for a long time?  years?

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NC, Community Member
11/15/10 2:51pm

Hi, I started it at about the same age like you. So far I only found the plant hormone a good one to take. But I am trying not to take it by habit or everyday. Maybe I need to go back to take it. I still have hot flashe during the nighttime in bed. Not so much on the bed sheets but my hair and pajamas gets wet and that kind of thing...

You also need to be concerned about bone density issue and take more calcium/milk and also vitamin D for keep the bone quailty.

I asked about ovaries because one of my sisters kept her ovaries and that helped her some. Now she has hot flashes too as she is in her early 60s.

 

Like what Dorian said, it may last a long time until the 70s or 80s...

The funny thing is my Mom who is 85 does not know what hot flashes is!! She had given birth to 6 kids. I guess she didn't pay attention to it... People in that age didn't worry about it too much.

 

Take care,

Nina

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NC, Community Member
11/15/10 3:17pm

I found that if I take this plant hormone or supplement I got in the health store, it is quite helpful even after just one pill. I got this one for hotflash specifically. It has soy in it and black cohosh/Dongquai and etc.

I believe this has less hormone that may cause cancer. My oncologist recommended this kind of supplement. Men don't understand: my husband does not want to take any of this for potential problem. But he does not know the suffering we endure!!

 

Hope you will find some good supplements.

 

Nina

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