A Survivor's Guide to Surgical Menopause

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This site has moved to a new home so that it can be more easily used and updated. We're now at http://surmeno.blogspot.com. We've left these old pages here because there are so many links to them around the web, but you really need to come to our new site for this same, non-commercial information, freshly revised and with new, advanced topic entries as well.

We're here to talk about surgical menopause. There are lots of ways to get to this state, but most of us got there as a secondary effect of having a hysterectomy with removal of our ovaries This is also called a TAHBSO or total hyst or some variety thereof--the critical element being the BSO, which is medspeak for bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

Once you get through the surgery and the recovery, which is itself no mean feat, you're left living happily ever after in your redesigned body. Or at least that's what your doctor told you, didn't he? Ummm, not to be disrespectful, but it's just not that simple. There turns out to be quite a lot that your ovaries were doing for you and that you now have to manage on your own. In a perfect world (yeah, right) you and your doctor would reach well-researched, well-reasoned mutual decisions on how to further and protect your total wellbeing. If you're there, you have our congratulations and you might as well move right along: you don't need us and what we have to say here. But if you fall in with the rest of us, bumbling along hoping someone got the license plates of that semi that just ran over you, welcome.

This website grew out of our having to do the work of figuring out what happened to us when we lost our ovaries and what to do about it. We're not going to tell you what to do because we're not you and haven't got a clue what you need. We are, however, perfectly happy to share what we've discovered along the way, so that you have a better information base to work with and can make more informed decisions about where you want to go with your body and your health.

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