What you need to know about sex after a hysterectomy
Many women are concerned that sex after a hysterectomy will be less enjoyable, but the opposite tends to be true. In fact, most women find that their sex life is more enjoyable after a hysterectomy.
The conditions that require a hysterectomy may sometimes have a negative effect on sexual arousal and sex drive. As a result, a hysterectomy can help women enjoy sex again. While most women see positive changes in sex after a hysterectomy, other women may face new challenges. Our Austin obgyns are here to help you cope with any concerns you have after surgery.
Sex after a hysterectomy may be difficult due to physical and emotional changes
There are different types of hysterectomies. Regardless of the type of procedure a woman undergoes, she will need to refrain from sex after a hysterectomy for six weeks.
Women who have any type of hysterectomy may experience a loss of interest in sex, as well as feelings of loss or depression, due to body changes and loss of fertility. Our Austin obgyns are here to support you and connect you with resources to help you work through these emotional issues.
What you can do to deal with sexual problems
Our Austin obgyns encourage you to talk openly about sex after a hysterectomy. It is very important to contact your physician if you are experiencing any problems after a hysterectomy such as vaginal dryness or loss of interest in sex. Our Austin obgyns want to rule out any postoperative complications and recommend options that can improve your situation.
After an examination, your physician may recommend using water-based vaginal lubricants, over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers, having more frequent sex to stimulate blood flow to the sexual organs and spending more time on foreplay to increase arousal to improve vaginal dryness.
If you are experiencing a loss of interest in sex, our Austin obgyns may recommend lab work to evaluate your hormone levels, as hormonal imbalances can contribute to vaginal dryness.
Depending on your symptoms, our Austin obgyns may recommend MonaLisa Touch, which is designed to stimulate the production of collagen, allowing the vaginal tissues to regain volume and firmness to restore vaginal lubrication. The procedure is done in the office and you can return to your normal activities after treatment.
Our Austin obgyns don’t want you to suffer in silence due to problems with sex after a hysterectomy. We encourage you to contact us so that we can evaluate you and make recommendations that will help you feel more like yourself. We are here for you. Contact us to learn more.