Hysterectomy and Menopause – A Woman’s Woes Hysterectomy and Menopause come together like bread and butter. You could not take one without having to bring the other one along. When you undergo such an operation, your surgeon would be removing either or all of the following – fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries. You shall be under a general anesthetic so you would just sleep through the whole operation. The nightmare actually begins when you wake up. Do not be shocked or scared since your body will have this intense feeling that you never have dreamt of. What happens here is that right after the Hysterectomy, your body’s estrogen levels would plunge down so fast that you might be overwhelmed at the palpitations, hot flashes, irritability, depression, fatigue and all sorts of symptoms that you would naturally feel and go through via normal menopause. The sad realization here is that menopause would take you with your guard down, allowing the need for you to be immediately administered with different kinds of HRTs or Hormone Replacement Therapy. Your body would immediately go through “estrogen withdrawal” which is almost similar to going through a certain kind of addiction. The recovery period from your operation would take you a minimum of four weeks and depending on your immune system, recovery time could even extend to as much as 6 weeks. Nevertheless, you shall be given medications to help ease any external and internal pains that you would be experiencing. The only problem here is the immediate cessation of menstruation. If you have already gone through the period then healing – both physically and emotionally – would not be a problem. But if you are in your late thirties when you had the operation, this would be a little roller coaster ride. It would be advisable to seek the love and patience of your family during times like this. Here is some info about Oprah talking about Hormone Replacement Therapy.