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Surgical menopause (SER-jih-kul MEH-nuh-pawz)
Describes a stop in a woman’s menstrual periods that is caused by surgery to remove her ovaries. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, trouble concentrating, and infertility.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.