Many people wonder if their sex life will change after a hysterectomy. “It depends on the type of hysterectomy you undergo,” says Dana B. Jacoby, Obstetrician and Gynecologist in New Jersey. “If the doctor removes your ovaries along with your uterus, which occurs in about half of all hysterectomies in this country, then yes, your sexual desire may change.”
Your ovaries produce many of your hormones, primarily testosterone and estrogen. Both are important to your feelings of sexual desire. Without estrogen, the vagina can become drier, thinner and more likely to lead to painful intercourse. Supplemental hormonal therapy can help prevent or minimize this.
However, many report an improvement in sexual function after their hysterectomy. Typically cases report women feeling discomfort from fibroids or other symptoms that caused them to receive the hysterectomy in the first place. Now that those pains are gone, they enjoy intimacy much more.
Remember that it’s important to talk with your doctor about your own hysterectomy and what’s involved, since there are many different types of hysterectomy that remove different parts, like the ovaries, cervix, and even the upper part of the vagina. Your doctor will be able to explain details about the surgery, what to expect, and how long to wait before becoming intimate again until you are fully healed.
Here at NVSCC, we specialize in cancer care and hysterectomies since 2005. Our experienced and compassionate doctors take pride in giving the best care available in the Las Vegas area. If you have been putting off a surgery, there’s no better time to take back your life and begin again pain-free. Contact the NVSCC on our website or call 702-739-6467 to make an appointment.