Surgical menopause occurs when the ovaries are removed, causing an immediate cessation of hormone production, which leads to menopause. Unlike natural menopause, which is a gradual process, surgical menopause results in an abrupt change that can have significant effects on the body.


While the symptoms of surgical menopause can be similar to those of natural menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness, they often occur more abruptly and can be more severe. This is because the body doesn’t have time to gradually adjust to the decrease in hormone levels.


A pivotal tip for women undergoing surgical menopause to achieve positive health outcomes

involves adopting a comprehensive approach to health that addresses both physical and

psychological well-being. This approach should encompass:


  1. Lifestyle Modifications: Embrace a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Regular physical activity is crucial; aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, along with muscle strengthening exercises on two or more days a week.
  2. Mental Health Support: Surgical menopause can have a profound impact on mental health, leading to feelings of loss, anxiety, or depression. Seeking support from counseling or support groups can provide emotional relief and coping strategies.
  3. Bone Health: The abrupt decrease in hormone levels can accelerate bone density loss, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Calcium and vitamin D supplementation, along with weight-bearing exercises, can help strengthen bones.
  4. Cardiovascular Health: Postmenopausal women have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. Monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise are essential steps in prevention.
  5. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): For some women, HRT may be beneficial to manage symptoms of menopause and protect against bone loss. However, it’s important to discuss the benefits and risks with a healthcare provider, as HRT isn’t suitable for everyone.
  6. Regular Medical Checkups: Regular check-ups and screenings (such as mammograms and pelvic exams) are vital to detect and treat any health issues early.
  7. Mind-Body Techniques: Practices such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help manage stress and improve overall well being.

Adopting these strategies can help manage the symptoms of surgical menopause and contribute to a healthier, more balanced life post-surgery. It’s important to work closely with healthcare providers to tailor a plan that suits individual health needs and lifestyle preferences.


Dr. Mia Chorney

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer TPT Inc.