“Removal of both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy)
before a woman has gone through her natural menopause
is called “surgical menopause””.1

Umbrella
What may the Surgical Menopause Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopause Due To Surgery
  • Surgical Menopause
  • Surgically-Induced Menopause

Definition

What is surgical menopause?

DotS the definition of surgical menopause may vary. The Australasian Menopause Society’s (AMS) definition is:

  • “Removal of both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy) before a woman has gone through her natural menopause is called “surgical menopause””.2

Menopause Symptoms

Are menopause symptoms due to surgery the same as for natural menopause?

In What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Managing Menopause After Surgery the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

Surgical Menopause“If your menopause is caused by surgery, your oestrogen and testosterone hormones will suddenly drop, causing symptoms to be more severe than normal”.3

In Surgical Menopause: Key Points the AMS elaborate on:

“Negative effects include a sudden and severe onset of menopausal symptoms, increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction and loss of fertility”.4

Osteoporosis and Cardiovascular Disease

After surgical menopause, can the risk of osteoporosis and of cardiovascular disease, increase?

The JH note:

“If you are under 45 years of age when you experience surgical menopause, the drop in oestrogen levels can increase your risk of osteoporosis. It can also increase the risk of early development of cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart disease)”.5

Reactions

Are reactions to surgical menopause one-size-fits-all?

In What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Reactions To Menopause After Surgery the JH explain:

“After surgery you may feel different emotions, depending on the reason for your surgery and what’s happening in your life”.6

Depression

Is there an association between surgical menopause and depression?

The (Australian) Beyondblue note:

“Women who experience surgical or early menopause can be at even greater risk of depression. It is important to speak to your doctor about your wellbeing as well as your physical health. Treatment and support is available.

Activities such as eating well and keeping active – and doing the things you enjoy – are key to improving your wellbeing during menopause”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I have not bounced back after surgical menopause?

If you have not bounced back after surgical menopause, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The JH explain:

“It’s important to talk to someone if you feel very emotional, anxious or depressed after surgical menopause. Your doctor can help with symptom relief and refer you to a psychologist if needed”.8

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  1. Surgical Menopause: Key Points. Content Created: January 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/756-surgical-menopause Accessed: 17 November 2022
  2. Surgical Menopause: Key Points. Content Created: January 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/756-surgical-menopause Accessed: 17 November 2022
  3. What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Managing Menopause After Surgery. Last Updated: 20 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/causes-of-menopause#menopause-due-to-surgery Accessed: 17 November 2022
  4. Surgical Menopause: Key Points. Content Created: January 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/756-surgical-menopause Accessed: 17 November 2022
  5. What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Menopause After Surgery. Last Updated: 20 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/causes-of-menopause#menopause-due-to-surgery Accessed: 17 November 2022
  6. What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Reactions To Menopause After Surgery. Last Updated: 20 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/causes-of-menopause#menopause-due-to-surgery Accessed: 17 November 2022
  7. Factors Affecting Women: Menopause. Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/women/factors-affecting-women Accessed: 17 November 2022
  8. What Causes Menopause? Menopause Due To Surgery – Reactions To Menopause After Surgery. Last Updated: 22 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/causes-of-menopause#menopause-due-to-surgery Accessed: 17 November 2022
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