Sex After a Hysterectomy: Never Better
Related Media: Hysterectomy Many American women have their uteri surgically removed each year. In addition to the usual worries about major abdominal surgery, they are concerned about how a hysterectomy will affect their health and lives, especially their sex lives. Sexual functioning actually may be foremost in women's minds before surgery. However, there is good news about sex after hysterectomy. A study revealed that hysterectomy can have positive effects on a woman's sex life, especially if she was experiencing significant medically-related sexual problems before surgery.
The Good NewsOne study followed the experiences of 1,101 women during the first two years after a hysterectomy. The results were surprisingly positive. Overall, the study group's frequency of sexual relations increased after surgery, and the number of women experiencing pain during sex dropped from 41% to 15%. Although improvements in vaginal dryness were not as marked, women in the study group did report strong orgasms almost 15% more frequently one year after surgery. Even more impressively, almost three-quarters of the women initially experiencing low libido reported an improvement after surgery, and two-thirds of the women who reported not having orgasms before hysterectomy were having them a year later.
A Change in Thinking?Although hysterectomies are common among major surgeries performed in the US, the procedure has not had the best reputation among the general public. Common knowledge held that removal of the uterus was the cause of many problems, including increased vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, lack of interest in sex, and lower number and quality of orgasms.However, the study results did not come as a surprise to some experts. Women usually have the procedure because they are experiencing medical problems; therefore, it is logical that their quality of life would improve after surgery.