Complications of Menopause
Out of every 100 or so women, one will suffer from ovarian problems before she gets to her forties. For this reason, hysterectomies in North America seem to be more common than ever. Whenever both ovaries are removed, the complications become more complex. When a woman begins to experience menopause due to surgical removal of her ovaries, there is a dramatic, immediate drop in estrogen. The normal, gradual lowering of estrogen takes up to 10 years. When forced upon the woman because of ovarian removal, the immediate hormone change may add to further complications.
Women experiencing menopause during the expected time, and in a natural process, do not tend to suffer the vasomotor type of symptoms that early menopausal women may experience. Women approaching menopause at a natural pace are eased into the change of their bodies in a smoother, less dramatic process. Vasomotor symptoms are more crucial in younger women, as forced or early menopause presents a sudden body change with an immediate drop of estrogen. Natural menopause may come with symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. However, complications beyond that are less severe than for a woman who has surgically initiated menopause. Early menopause may last for more than eight years. Women with natural menopause have milder complications, lasting several years less than early menopausal women.
When a woman has her ovaries bilaterally removed, or an oophorectomy, a patch is sometimes applied in order to begin the estrogen replacement process. This is done because oral medication may not be advisable just after the surgical procedure. The patch allows estrogen to gradually release into the blood flow over a cycle of days, providing an even balance needed to get the body on the road of hormone mending. Patches are placed on the lower part of the abdomen in order to efficiently excrete estradiol, a form of estrogen to prevent hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. They are conveniently sized and will withstand daily activities such as showering, swimming, exercising, and more. These patches are changed twice weekly, and are effective is preventing symptoms due to estrogen loss.
Although hormone replacement is often used to combat the effects of an early menopause, and even for natural menopause, synthetic hormones are not always at the top of the list of treatments for women suffering from various symptoms during the change of her body. Some women fly by without a problem when using synthetic hormone replacements. Even so, women with a family history of heart disease and breast cancer are advised to check with a doctor before hormone replacement therapy is considered. Some side effects of this type of treatment are more life threatening and severe than the actual menopause symptoms a woman may be attempting to avoid. A woman should research all of her treatment options, and use the best method for her individual needs with serious consideration of the long term consequences of whatever she may choose.