Hello, I had a radical hysterectomy in June 2018 and had my ovaries removed - I'm 45 and had not agreed HRT at the time, but did agree to discuss it post op. Fast forward and I found that my menopause symptoms started about 8 weeks after my operation - for my check up I had written down everything to ask my consultant and he put me on HRT tablets - I have to say, it has worked for me - my symptons showed as:
- tiredness (although part of that was recovery from a major operation anyway)
- night sweats (trust me to get those in that hot summer - I couldnt work out if it was the heatwave or night sweats for a while!)
- hot flushes - blimey, these caught me by suprise as to be honest, I am the 'older' of my group of friends so no one has been through this, so I dont think I was prepared for this!
- forgetfulness - this one still bugs me, being a control freak there is nothing worse that putting your glasses down, or your cup of tea, and not remembering where you put them. Now this is one thing my mum did suffer from as well (I finally plucked up the courage to ask her as in our family its quite a 'get on with it' and we don't always discuss stuff like this!)
- frustration - at myself for forgetting things, I am a very calm person so it upset me that I got upset and that made it worse (hmmm... odd but true..), I could see how it could escalate into losing my temper and when I felt like i was going to I found a quiet space to calm down - so far I have avoided screaming at anyone!
Of the above - it didnt take long for the HRT tablets to sort out my night sweats and hot flushes, I am accepting that I do get forgetful a bit - not as much though as at first - and I make lists now. I dont feel the need to find a quiet space before screaming anymore either!
Hope this helps - I am now 9 months into recovery, so far so good - back at the gym, swimming and working. Just had the OK for the second time since the op so staying positive.