Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Can menopause "come back"?
    Cherylewithane posted:
    Hi...I had a complete hysterectomy at age 52 and am now 61. I was never on HRT, and did well. Recently I have been experiencing hot flashes and lots of tears, and just feel yucky (not horribly ill at all.) These symptoms 'seem' like what I went through during menopause. Could they be...again? Two other facts, don't know if they are relevant but who knows? I got married 7 months ago after 22 years of being single (and no sexual activity). Could hormones get stirred up from that? Also, I am almost 200 pounds less now than I was during menopause. The weight loss occurred 8 years ago, but am really in quite a 'different' body now.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Cherylewithane,
    First of all, congratulations on your marriage. And also congratulations on your weight loss several years ago: good for you!
    Now, the questions you ask are tricky. It is unusual for a lot of menopausal symptoms to crop up this late after a hysterectomy at which both ovaries were removed: one remote possibility is could you have had some ovarian tissue left inside, which has finally stopped working, leading to these potentially menopausal symptoms. There are also other causes of hot flashes, like thyroid disorders, or new medications. So I'd get your thyroid tested, if you haven't yet. All that being said, it is reasonable to try some interventions for your symptoms. Trying something like black cohosh (like Remifemin) or soy (like Icool) is totally reasonable, and if it helps, great. It is even a reasonable option to try a small amount of transdermal estrogen, if you'd like to-after discussing with your health care provider. So importantly, I'd think about other causes of symptoms, to get you better.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    Cherylewithane replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thanks so much! I am seeing my Pcp in the morning. 2 things I forgot to include...I also have 'cold' flashes but not as often, and I do have a benign thyroid mass that is being followed for yearly ultra sounds.

    Featuring Experts

    Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a nationally recognized obstetrician gynecologist, with a special interest in menopause. Dr. Minkin is clinical professor of ...More

    Helpful Tips

    Hot flash & Night sweat relief
    I am 51 and started perimenopause 6 years ago. I experience hot flashes and night sweats heavily every two weeks - the time I usually ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society website