It’s completely normal for someone to have a lot of questions after having a Scottsdale hysterectomy and to worry about what their life will be like, including their sex life.
And even though everyone heals differently, a person may experience some common side effects after surgery that may initially affect sex. But when given time to heal, many women find their enjoyment of sexual activity remains the same following a hysterectomy, while others say it actually improves.
Read on to find out what to expect.
How long should you wait to have sex? Although everyone heals at a different rate, it is recommended that people wait at least 6 – 8 weeks before having sex following a Scottsdale hysterectomy. A woman should refrain from putting anything in the vagina for about 6 weeks, including a penis, fingers, sex toys, tampons, and douches.
The emotional impact. In addition to physical effects, a hysterectomy can have a significant emotional impact on how a woman feels about having sex. A woman’s feelings about sex following a hysterectomy can vary depending on the reasons for surgery, her personal situation, and whether surgery has prompted menopause.
What to expect. Although a Scottsdale hysterectomy can cause certain changes in the pelvic regions, it typically does not affect the ability to enjoy sexual pleasure. In most cases, a woman can resume a fulfilling, healthy sex life after she heals.
Effects on orgasm. Removing the cervix and uterus typically does not affect the sensation or a woman’s ability to have an orgasm. The vagina may be slightly shorter than it was before the surgery, but this should not cause problems with sexual pleasure.
Bleeding and/or pain. As long as a woman has had sufficient time to heal, pain or bleeding should not occur. If it does occur during sex, talk with your doctor.
A loss of sex drive may occur after a Scottsdale hysterectomy. Although many women do not experience sexual issues after a hysterectomy, some do experience complications including:
- Loss of sex drive;
- Pelvic floor weakness;
- Vaginal dryness;
- Change in sexual sensation.
Sex and menopause. Having the ovaries removed during a hysterectomy will activate menopause, regardless of a woman’s age. Although not every woman will experience sexual problems following menopause, it can have some effect on a woman’s sex life. Some women choose to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help manage issues, including decreased libido and vaginal dryness.
Tips for sex after a hysterectomy:
- Don’t rush things;
- Using lubrication;
- Communicate with your partner;
- Try different positions.
It’s common to wonder what effect, if any, a Scottsdale hysterectomy will have on a person’s sex life. In most cases, having one will not negatively impact sex in the long term. Women who experience sexual problems after a hysterectomy, such as pain or a reduced sex drive, should talk to their Arizona gynecologist about possible solutions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.