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Can You Have Menopause Symptoms After a Hysterectomy? | Ask the Expert
The experience of going through <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/menopause/menopause_perimenopause.page">menopause</a> is extremely variable. Some women breeze through it with little or no troubling symptoms, others are made miserable by <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/menopause/hot_flash_relief.page">hot flashes</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sleep/insomnia_women.page">sleep disturbance</a>, heavy menstrual periods and more. Most people think of menopause as the point at which a woman stops menstruating, but in fact, it is a process that usually takes years. Typically, women will have irregular menstrual periods for 1-2 years before stopping altogether, but menopausal symptoms can occur many years before or after that. For women who have no uterus, or who have had surgical procedures to stop them from bleeding, menstrual periods will not be a clue as to where they are in the process. If you still have ovaries, you are susceptible to any of the other symptoms of menopause, which commonly include hot flashes, <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/menopause/menopause_mood_changes.page">mood changes</a>, <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/low_sex_drive_women.page">decreased libido</a>, vaginal dryness and sleep disturbance. So, to answer your question of how you will know if you are in menopause, my answer is that if you are lucky, you won't, and you don't need to. On the other hand, if you are among the women who do have unpleasant menopausal symptoms, you can discuss treatment options with your doctor to improve your quality of life.
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I had surgery to have my uterus taken out because of a large fibroid. I don’t have periods anymore, and have not had any since my surgery in 2011. How will I know when I am actually in menopause? I turned 50 in May.

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Caroline Schreiber, M.D.Caroline Schreiber, M.D.Family MedicineAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Caroline Schreiber, M.D.Family MedicineAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Schreiber chose Family Medicine because she loved the idea of caring for patients at all stages of life. "To care for such a variety of people with such a variety of medical challenges is wonderfully rewarding. In particular, I enjoy women’s health, and feel that Family Medicine offers me the opportunity to manage non-surgical gynecology in the context of the whole body and its medical and psychosocial complexities", says Dr. Schrieber.

The experience of going through menopause is extremely variable. Some women breeze through it with little or no troubling symptoms, others are made miserable by hot flashes, sleep disturbance, heavy menstrual periods and more.

Most people think of menopause as the point at which a woman stops menstruating, but in fact, it is a process that usually takes years. Typically, women will have irregular menstrual periods for 1-2 years before stopping altogether, but menopausal symptoms can occur many years before or after that.

For women who have no uterus, or who have had surgical procedures to stop them from bleeding, menstrual periods will not be a clue as to where they are in the process. If you still have ovaries, you are susceptible to any of the other symptoms of menopause, which commonly include hot flashes, mood changes, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and sleep disturbance.

So, to answer your question of how you will know if you are in menopause, my answer is that if you are lucky, you won't, and you don't need to. On the other hand, if you are among the women who do have unpleasant menopausal symptoms, you can discuss treatment options with your doctor to improve your quality of life.

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