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The decision to undergo prophylactic removal of the ovaries and tubes to lower the risk for cancer is a difficult and personal one. Women who undergo oophorectomy prior to natural menopause will experience menopause from the surgery. Menopausal symptoms and the experience varies from woman to woman. Menopause can bring changes in a woman's health and well-being. Research has shown that menopause can be associated with the following:
Some women find hormone replacement alleviates their menopausal symptoms. However, research on hormone replacement is inconclusive regarding the benefits and risks to menopausal women. Because much of the research has been conducted on women who experienced natural menopause, the applicability to women experiencing early surgical menopause is uncertain.
In 2012, the North American Menopause Society released a position statement on hormone replacement therapy which included the following points important to woman considering hormone replacement therapy:
It is important for each woman to discuss menopausal symptoms with their doctor and to weigh the potential benefits and relief from hormone replacement vs. their individual risks from hormone replacement or other menopausal treatments.