Dear all, Has anyone or your near/dear ones undergone hysterectomy before your enter menopause? If so, could you kindly share your experience with the surgery, post recovery and well-being after menopause? In a span of 2-3 days, I had to say yes to a total hysterectomy and salpingo oophorectomy (The removal of ovaries) to prevent endometriosis pain & to remove an unwanted cysts in one of my ovaries. The doctors suggested it was the best decision to prevent future struggles with the big C. So, I had to trust them with limited to no choice. Since the cyst was big, and there were endometrial tissues in my bladder & rectus the Drs advised it was best to go for abdominal - open surgery instead of laparoscopic one. My 2 previous c-sections were another reason to validate their decisions. I am just 40, and I had to accept this surgical menopause with no choice. The surgery went well, and the wounds healed completely on the first month itself. Although I had pain here and there, and felt extremely tired I pushed myself a bit to be active in order to bring back the stamina. I could not eat well during the first few weeks, and survived only with liquids. However, from the 3rd week onwards, I was up and started cooking, walking inside the garden and even going out in the car for follow up checkups and few church visits. Just after the first month, I took up a 24hr long flight (6 hr layover in Dubai) to come back to my duty station from Sri Lanka and started going to office from the second day of landing. With jetlag, messy house, difference in food, time etc..etc... I was totally down for a few days and hardly got up from bed. But then, I quickly recovered and resumed my usual work, that includes mini travel on weekly basis. Now that, its been 2 months since I had the surgery, and 1 month since I am here, yet I feel dull. Some days, I feel fit & normal. I feel energetic to do cooking, walking and eating as usual. But many days, i feel the fatigue and restlessness. I experience severe heart beat even to climb stair-case, sweating, and feeling extremely weak. I look plump after the surgery and defintely put on a lot of weight within these 2 months. I have no stamina even to maintain a diet program or to resume mild work-out as I was advised not to lift anything heavy or to strain my body for at least 6 months. On the other hand, I am so worried about menopause. I am mentally not prepared to this at this age, even though I am free of pain & other discomfort associated with my period now. It feels as if I have become old suddenly. Even though I am 40, I have always felt very young at heart, and looked much younger to my age. Now that, post surgery fatigue & weakness, weight gain and menopause, I feel horrible. My doctor did not advice me to take hormonal pills after the surgery. He has only asked me to come back or check with another Gynecologists in 6 months time. But many people are advising me to go for hormone therapy and take supplements as I won't be producing any since the removal of my ovaries. When I browsed on-line, conflicting information confuses me. Some say, go for hormone therapy as it can help prevent osteoporosis later. I already have joint pains, and unable to work as before. But some other sites have information related to hormone therapies and breast cancer. One of my relative recently had breast cancer following hysterectomy, but she was 60 when she did the surgery. I thought my physical condition will improve after hysterectomy, but I feel worse in terms of physical health following this surgery. Can anyone share your experience, and advice (if any) in relation to this? Thank you!