Hello! Welcome to Together in Surgical Menopause, a patient led, fact based resource for those who are either experiencing or would like to learn about surgical menopause.

So frustrated by our own difficulties in receiving timely and up to date support, we decided to create this website in the hope that it will offer useful information and advice, along with reassurance that you’re not alone in this, we’re right behind you.

Sophie & Kayleigh x

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Catch Up & A Cuppa With. . .
Diane Danzebrink

Join us as we chat with the wisest of owls, Diane. Founder of Menopause Support and the #MakeMenopauseMatter Campaign.

"Surgical menopause is so much more than the surgery and therapeutic support can be so important. I think every woman should have the opportunity to speak to somebody prior to surgery to allow her to prepare by being able to ask all her questions and talk through any concerns."

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Dr Louise Newson

Join us as we ask Dr Louise Newson all about Testosterone. Dr Louise Newson is a GP and menopause specialist.

"Testosterone is an important hormone for many women and in fact testosterone levels are higher than oestrogen levels when women are young. Many people incorrectly think testosterone is only important for men and this is not true. Mainly produced by the ovaries, levels of testosterone naturally decline with age."

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Dr Hannah Short

Join us as we chat with the lovely Dr Hannah Short. Hannah is a GP and accredited specialist in menopause and premenstrual disorders.

"All women who are in surgical menopause should have the option of being referred to a doctor with specialist knowledge in this area. A holistic and individualised approach is required for all women in surgical menopause, whether or not HRT is used. Dietary and lifestyle measures are of great importance."

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Catherine O'Keefe

Join us as we chat with Catherine, Ireland’s very own ‘Wellness Warrior’

"In relation to bone health the key ingredients are Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K. These all work in synergy with each other aiding and enhancing absorption of calcium into the bones.
Vitamin D is also very important for our immune system, it’s the one vitamin I believe we should all supplement . . ."

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Dr Mandy Leonhardt

Join us as we ask Dr Mandy Leonhardt all about PMDD and Surgical Menopause. Mandy is a GP with a specialist interest in women’s hormonal health.

"Unfortunately, the brain of a woman in surgical menopause due to PMDD continues to be sensitive to sex hormones for the rest of her life. Removing the ovaries, removes the hormones and the fluctuations, but not the response to these hormones in the brain. It is important that fluctuations are avoided when using HRT. . ."

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Jane Lewis

Join us as we chat with the wonderful Jane Lewis. Jane raises awareness for vaginal atrophy and is the author of Me and My Menopausal Vagina.

"Vaginal atrophy, more commonly known as vaginal dryness and whose official worldwide term is GSM (genitourinary syndrome of menopause), is a set of symptoms that can affect the whole urogenital area. This is the inside of the vagina, the vulva (external), bladder, urethra and the whole pelvic floor area. . ."

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Preparing for your hysterectomy

We understand that going into hospital can be very daunting. Planning ahead for your hospital stay and recovery can help reduce stress. We've put together some useful checklists of things to consider before your surgery. Including things to pack in your hospital bag and questions to ask your consultant.

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Symptoms of surgical menopause

Menopause is usually a process of gradual change; however, following surgery, medication or serious illness, it can be sudden and acute. Women who enter premature menopause due to surgery (oophorectomy) tend to experience a severe and wide range of symptoms.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Surgical menopause is a permanent state and is an acute deficiency of the hormones normally produced by the ovaries. Without replacing these hormones, most women are likely to develop severe symptoms of oestrogen deficiency and can also develop female androgen deficiency.

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Real Stories: Endometriosis and Surgical Menopause

Last year we spoke to four very lovely and inspirational women over Zoom; Jill (UK), Rachel (UK), Rebekah (USA) and Vicki (UK).
All kindly and bravely shared their personal experience in great detail of living with endometriosis, and how having a hysterectomy has turned out for them. One thing these women all have in common is their desire to raise awareness and pass on what they have learnt to help others.

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