Have you had a hysterectomy, oophorectomy, or even a type of radiation therapy? Then keep reading because there are key things you need to know about these procedures, which may induce menopause at any age.
Whether you are 25 or 50, induced menopause can occur and is often referred to as medically-induced menopause or surgical menopause. Radiation or certain drug therapies due to breast or uterine cancer, hysterectomies that remove one or both ovaries, and other treatments or procedures abruptly stop estrogen production and cause medically-induced (surgical) menopause.
Surgical menopause puts your body abruptly into menopause because there is a sudden vs gradual loss of ovarian hormones. Because of this, symptoms may be drastically different from natural menopause.
Some Additional Symptoms That May Occur From Surgical Menopause:
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain with intercourse or impaired sexual function due to vaginal discomfort
- Reduced sex drive
- Urinary incontinence
- Pelvic floor prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Vulvovaginal atrophy
- Loss of bone density
- Hot flashes
- Muscle and joint pain
- Generalized weakness
- Disordered sleep
Natural, At-home Remedies:
Women experiencing surgical menopause may not be candidates for hormonal therapy or topicals, which is often prescribed by doctors for menopause women with these symptoms. Thankfully, there are natural, at-home remedies and dedicated specialists to help women overcome surgical menopause symptoms.
When working with a dedicated specialist, like a pelvic physiotherapist, surgical menopause women often discover vaginal dilators (also known as vaginal trainers) and simple off-the-shelf remedies such as coconut oil suppositories. Today, these approaches are not commonly discussed at the physician level and often discovered during a pelvic physiotherapy appointment or by self-diagnosis.
Get In-depth with What You Need to Know About Surgical Menopause:
Karen Holly from Menopause Life and Dr. Stacy Sutton a licensed physical therapist from Sutton Health Advocacy, discuss medically-induced menopause and ways to help treat or work through these symptoms.
Listen to this 30-minute discussion now:
Dr. Stacy Sutton covers what you need to know about:
– medically-induced/surgical menopause
– what a physical therapy session is like for treatment of surgical menopause
– her recommendations of vaginal dilators/vaginal trainers and other natural remedies
– her tips on how to prepare ahead of procedures before experiencing induced menopause
– additional solutions like telehealth for at-home flexibility
– a patient success story on overcoming vaginal narrowing resulting from radiation therapy
“I have to use your dilator [Milli, discovered at Sutton Health’s physiotherapy session]. My vagina will eventually close up because of the cancers I have had due to radiation burn. I need testing every 90-days to make sure I am still cancer-free, so your Milli is my testimony to how good your product is. I’ve tried many other dilators, hard plastic, and they were just too painful for my vaginal tissues. Thank you, thank you, thank you.“— Sutton Health Advocacy Patient Testimonial
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