A surgical menopause or hysterectomy
refers to a menopause that is induced by a surgical removal of the
uterus. If the ovaries are removed at the time of surgery the fall
in hormone levels of both estrogen and testosterone is sudden and
severe. Testosterone plays an important part in maintaining energy
levels, sex drive and in a number of other important functions.
If the ovaries are not removed, they may continue to function and
produce adequate levels of estrogen and testosterone, until the
time that a natural menopause would have occurred. However, as it
turns out, in as many as 50% of these cases, the retained ovaries
cease to function normally within three years after surgery. It's
easy to see why a surgical menopause/hysterectomy has a greater
potential to disrupt health and the quality of life.