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Hysterectomy and the menopause

In the UK, most hysterectomies are performed in women in their 40s

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For immediate release: 3rd February 2011

Hysterectomy and the menopause

One in five women has a hysterectomy at some point. A hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the uterus – may be performed for various reasons, including fibroids, cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovary, prolapse and period problems that can’t be treated by medical means. Some women experience an early menopause after a hysterectomy and may be advised to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for symptom control and to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

In the Winter 2010/11 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Dr Sheela Swamy and Professor Janice Rymer from the KCL School of Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, look at the reasons for a hysterectomy and the different types of hysterectomy that are commonly performed. They also look at the role of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and testosterone in improving the symptoms of an early menopause.

“In the UK, most hysterectomies are performed in women in their 40s,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Not all women who have a hysterectomy experience an early menopause, as this often depends on whether or not their ovaries were conserved. But if women do experience any symptoms of oestrogen deficiency (e.g. hot flushes) after a hysterectomy, they should consult their GP.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Winter 2010/11 issue include vaginal dryness, bio-identical hormones, osteoporosis medicines and yoga and Tai chi.


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NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: the perimenopause; types and forms of HRT; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; phytoestrogen and herb safety; menopause relief through your pharmacy; sleeping better at the menopause; coping with headaches and migraine; vitamin D; coping with stress; and premature menopause.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.
6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.