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Surgical menopause — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 20 Apr 2019
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.


Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM (pictured).

Question

I'm in my mid 30s and have had to have a full hysterectomy. I'm struggling with the fact I'm young and there is really not a lot of information for surgical menopause. I'm struggling to get the right doctor as I'm young and in the bush; the doctors really don't know what to do. Thanks, Lisa.

Dr Elizabeth Farrell

Answer

If you have had your uterus and both ovaries and tubes removed, then you require long-term high-dose oestrogen therapy until 51-52 years of age, unless you are not able to take hormones.

Surgical menopause is the same as premature menopause, with similar risks such as earlier onset of heart disease and osteoporosis. On adequate oestrogen therapy, these risks diminish.

Read more about premature and early menopause here.

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