Does abrupt menopause have more intense symptoms?

Not always, but abrupt menopause can have more severe menopausal symptoms than if the bodily changes were to occur naturally. This abrupt end to production of the female hormones is a more sudden change than if the body begins to naturally decline its production during perimenopause.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

OH, YES. Since estrogen production is shut off in one fell swoop, the typical symptoms associated with natural menopause can come on something fierce.


Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For some lucky women, menopause is really no big deal. They seem to glide into midlife, never developing serious problems with the dreaded symptoms older women had warned them about. However, women who undergo abrupt menopause can virtually count on having to cope with intense symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings and others.

Abrupt menopause occurs when a woman who is still menstruating has her ovaries removed. The ovaries produce estrogen and other female hormones. Women who have their ovaries removed lose the benefits of these key hormones all at once, instead of hormone levels gradually tapering off, as with natural menopause. That's why abrupt menopause usually hits women like a ton of bricks. If you are having your ovaries removed, talk with your doctor about strategies to control the intense symptoms of menopause that lie ahead.

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