Someone once asked me if I was going through “the change” I replied “No” I’m in Surgically Induced menopause (SIM), and when I say that I always get a look of “what’s that” pretty much the same look I get when I talk about endometriosis. My disclaimer is that I am not a medical professional although sometimes I feel like I amfrom all of my visits to hospitals and multiple doctors I sometimes feel like I could truly make in the profession, but I am not I am a woman who has been through a lot in my health and my experience had given me the authority to discuss this topic. However, I do advise you to speak to a medical professional for additional information or advice. Alright let’s get right into it.
SIM is not “The Change” which is often referred to menopause, women/young ladies who have radical hysterectomies (some who have partial) are not experiencing “The Change” because our bodies are not going through the gradual change that occurs to women who are in their early 40’s to 50’s who experience a change in their menstrual cycle and have gradual symptoms of perimenopause then lead into menopause. After a radical hysterectomy (sometimes partial) a woman’s body goes into menopause immediately, thus eliminating the “The Change” that the average woman experiences.
Keep in mind that everyone’s body is different when “The Change” occurs, not every woman will experience the same thing such as hot flashes, and some will experience extreme hot flashes and others minimal. I’ve often heard that women who have had difficult menstrual cycles experience harsher menopausal symptoms. SIM is different because of the sudden loss of estrogen, therefore making your hormones out of whack and the body becomes shocked causing a woman to have symptoms in as little as two weeks post her hysterectomy.
The reality is we all are going through a difficult time in our lives MENOPAUSE, and we all need support. My is to eliminate the stigma behind menopause that it is something that women don’t like talking about or something to be ashamed of because the fact of the matter is we are all going to experience it at some point in our live if you live long enough. I believe we should be open about our reproductive health, I believe that we should share information with the women/teens in our families about our reproductive health because this will help them not only be aware of their bodies, but this is information that can be shared with doctors to assist with the screening and care of the individual.
For those of you who are reading this and unfamiliar with the symptoms of menopause here are a few:
Difficulty In Controlling Weight
Can cause bone loss (osteoporosis)
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