Natural menopause occurs when your ovaries deplete their lifetime supply of eggs and gradually shut down their hormone production system. The average age for this shutdown is about fifty-one years, four months, but the process begins many years before. In contrast, a surgical menopause occurs when the ovaries are surgically removed and its onset is sudden and full-blown.
I HAD A HYSTERECTOMY IN MY THIRTIES. I HAVE ONE OVARY LEFT. I AM NOW FIFTY. WlLL I EXPERIENCE MENOPAUSE?
Yes, you will. The one ovary has obviously produced enough estrogen for you to remain premenopausal, but you are now in the menopausal age range and can probably expect menopause shortly.
After a hysterectomy (with both ovaries Some women with hysterectomies sail through menopause, while others suffer through it just as some women with nonsurgical intervention would. Usually symptoms do herald the onset of menopause. You may experience hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, or vaginal dryness. If you have no overt symptoms yet, an FSH test or measuring your serum estradiol concentration (described in Chapter 2) will let you know whether or not you are menopausal.