After a hysterectomy, you'll no longer have periods or be able to get pregnant.
If you had your ovaries removed, you'll begin menopause immediately after surgery. You may experience symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes and night sweats. Your doctor can recommend medications for these symptoms, if you need treatment.
If your ovaries weren't removed during surgery — and you still had periods before your surgery — your ovaries continue producing hormones and eggs until you reach menopause.
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