If a woman undergoes a hysterectomy and the surgeon also removes the ovaries, this is 'surgical menopause'. A woman undergoing a hysterectomy gets a 'crash course' in menopause if the ovaries are removed, and she should be offered a discussion of whether or not she should be placed on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Backing up for a moment, wait just one moment. Actually, we must first question whether the ovaries should be removed at all. Stay tuned for the next article, which will address this issue.