There are several gynecological conditions that are common reasons for undergoing hysterectomy surgery including endometriosis, heavy bleeding, and a host of other conditions. Women who consider hysterectomy surgery for fibroids, abnormal bleeding or heavy periods are often concerned about surgical menopause and hot flashes.
Women who undergo a radical hysterectomy will experience immediate menopause due to the removal of one or both ovaries. This type of menopause is called surgical menopause. Because this change is so abrupt, many women report suffering from much more severe menopause symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of sex drive, fatigue, night sweats and insomnia.
Fortunately, most women who have hysterectomy for fibroids or other conditions are able to have a partial hysterectomy that leaves the ovaries intact. Women who have this type of hysterectomy will still experience menopause at a normal rate, but it may occur a couple of years earlier than it would have without the hysterectomy.
Preventing Hot Flashes
For women who do undergo a radical hysterectomy, the hot flashes that come with menopause can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and cause nights of lost sleep. Many women successfully manage their hot flashes with estrogen, but many women first try managing hot flashes with lifestyle changes. From dressing in layers to changing your diet, there are some small moves you can make that can noticeably improve hot flashes.
Remove Caffeine from Your Diet
If you have been drinking coffee all of your adult life, living without caffeine might seem just about impossible. Is it true — does caffeine make hot flashes worse? Well, it’s one thing that could make a big difference in how many hot flashes you have, according to a study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. A survey of 1,800 women that lasted over six years found that women who did not use caffeine had significantly fewer episodes of hot flashes and night sweats.
Removing caffeine from your day entirely might be a challenge you’re not willing to face and that’s ok. Researchers believe that even a reduction in caffeine consumption can help hot flashes and night sweats. Also remember that it’s something to work up to. Get rid of that extra cup of coffee you usually have in the afternoon, but keep the eye-opener you have first thing in the morning. Cut down bit by bit and eventually you may be able to switch to decaf or half decaf.