Jul 10, 2019 08:55AM Whatjusthappened wrote:
Hi Vampeyes, I just had an oopherectomy and hysterectomy a few weeks ago. I am 48 and was pre-menopausal before the surgery. I will say that for me, I started having some hot flashes within a week of the surgery, but nothing extreme and not many other symptoms other than some surgery-related fatigue and soreness. Recovery from the surgery itself has been pretty smooth. I started on anastrozole (every other day) about a week after the surgery, and the hot flashes/night sweats/insomnia have gotten worse, but now I'm not sure what's from the ovary removal and what's from the AI. I'm developing other SE's as well, but can't separate them out, so probably not much help to you there.
One plus to the surgery is that you will have more options besides Tamoxifen for treatment. Early menopause is obviously a con, but maybe the fact that you are already on Tamoxifen will help you acclimate a little better to the lack of estrogen. I did not take anything beforehand so was pretty much slammed into it, and if I had to do it again I think I would've asked to hold off on the AI a little longer.
Maybe some ladies whose surgery was longer ago can weigh in on their experiences and the long-term effects of early menopause. I think the opinion of a MO would be important. Best of luck to you in your decision!