Kamal Brar is an Ostomy warrior. In this article she shares the physical, emotional, mental challenges and coping strategies post surgical menopause.
I never realized how much my hormones affected my mood until I underwent a hysterectomy that resulted in surgical menopause. I was blindsided by the intense emotions, physical changes, and relationship challenges that followed. Coping with surgical menopause can be a challenging journey, but with the right support and strategies, it’s possible to navigate this new chapter of life.
Surgical menopause can be a life-altering experience for women. It can lead to a range of physical and emotional changes that affect our mental health and well-being. Coping with these changes can be overwhelming and challenging, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll explore the emotional and mental effects of surgical menopause and provide tips on how to cope and find support.
”Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”
– Angelina Jolie, actress, underwent hysterectomy
Loss of Hormones:
The loss of estrogen and other hormones during surgical menopause can have a significant impact on our emotional and mental health. Hormonal imbalances can result in mood swings, anxiety, and depression. I remember feeling like I was on an emotional rollercoaster, constantly on edge and easily irritated. It wasn’t until I started hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that I began to feel more balanced.
If you’re experiencing mood swings or other emotional symptoms, talk to your doctor about HRT or other medical treatments that may help. You can also try natural remedies like yoga, meditation, or herbal supplements. I found that practicing mindfulness and deep breathing exercises helped me manage my emotions.
In addition to emotional changes, surgical menopause can also lead to physical changes like hot flashes and weight gain. These changes can impact our self-esteem and confidence, which can, in turn, affect our mental health. I struggled with hot flashes, which made me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.
If you’re experiencing physical changes, try making lifestyle changes like exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. Dress in layers to manage hot flashes, and talk to your doctor about medical treatments like hormone therapy, antidepressants, or other medications that may help.
Surgical menopause can also impact our relationships with partners, family, and friends. Changes in our mood, physical appearance, and sex drive can make us feel distant from those we love. It’s essential to communicate openly and honestly with your loved ones about what you’re experiencing. Let them know how they can support you during this time.
It’s also important to seek professional help if you’re struggling with your relationships or your mental health. A therapist or counselor can help you work through these challenges and provide you with coping strategies.
Self-Care and Support:
Self-care is critical during surgical menopause. It’s important to prioritize your physical and emotional well-being. Try to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself during this challenging time.
Finding support is also essential. Joining a support group can be a great way to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Online forums and community organizations can also provide a wealth of resources and information.
Surgical menopause can be a challenging journey, but with the right support and strategies, it’s possible to navigate this new chapter of life. If you’re struggling, remember that you’re not alone. Reach out to your doctor, a therapist, or a support group for help. Take care of yourself and prioritize your physical and emotional well-being. Remember, you’re strong, resilient, and capable of overcoming this challenge.