Surgical Menopause

Surgical menopause occurs as the result of either a bilateral oophorectomy (when both ovaries are removed) or a total hysterectomy (when the uterus and ovaries are removed), both of which eliminate the body’s hormone-producing organs. Women entering menopause as the result of surgery often experience more severe symptoms than women who come to menopause naturally, due to the sudden and extreme shift in hormone levels.