A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the womb; having this procedure can relieve pain and other symptoms from conditions like fibroids or endometriosis. And if you have uterine or cervical cancer, it could save your life. Today we’re discussing sex after a hysterectomy in Arizona.
Any surgery can have both short-term and long-term side effects. A hysterectomy can cause side effects like pain and bleeding. Once you have this procedure, you won’t be able to carry a child. It can also impact your sex life in the weeks following the procedure. Yet it shouldn’t prevent you from having sex – and enjoying it – once you’re healed.
Here’s a look at how a hysterectomy can affect your sexuality and what you can do to ensure you don’t lose this important part of your life.
How soon can I start having sex following hysterectomy in Arizona?
Most of the surgery-related side effects diminish and your body should heal within two months. We recommend that you not insert anything in your vagina for the first six weeks after your surgery.
You might have some light bleeding and discharge after your surgery, and you’ll no longer get regular menstrual periods. Pain, burning, and itching around the incision site are also normal. If your ovaries were removed, you’ll likely have menopause-like side effects like hot flashes and night sweats.
How do hysterectomies change how I have sex?
A hysterectomy will put your sex life on pause for a few weeks, but it shouldn’t end it. Most women have said that their sex life either stayed the same or improved after the procedure. They were finally free from the pain or heavy bleeding that caused them to have the surgery.
Having your ovaries removed during the procedure could dampen your desire for sex because your ovaries produce testosterone and estrogen, which are hormones that are integral to your libido.
Can I still have an orgasm following a hysterectomy in Arizona?
Some women do report that they have less intense orgasms or no orgasms at all after surgery. This is because removing the uterus can cut nerves that enable you to climax.
Will sex still feel the same after having a hysterectomy in Arizona?
A hysterectomy shouldn’t affect sensation in your vagina. However, removing your ovaries will put you into menopause, which can dry out the tissues of the vagina and make sex more painful.
What’s the safest way to start having sex again?
First, make sure you wait at least six weeks (or as long as your doctor before you start having sex again. Take your time easing back into sex. If vaginal dryness is making sex too painful, ask your doctor about using vaginal estrogen creams, rings, or tablets. Or, try a water-based or silicone-based lubricant when you have sex.
What steps can I take to improve my sex life?
If you’re having difficulty getting back to your normal sex life after a hysterectomy, try these tips to get back on track:
1. Take your time. When you have sex, don’t rush. Give yourself time to get aroused.
2. Experiment. Try different positions until you find one that’s most comfortable. Explore options other than vaginal sex, like oral or manual stimulation.
3. Be honest. Be open with your partner about what feels good and what hurts.
If these tips don’t work, consider seeing a sex therapist or counselor with your partner.
Once you pass the six-week mark after your hysterectomy in Arizona, you should be able to go back to a normal sex life. If you’re still having problems with arousal, orgasm, or comfort during sex, don’t just accept it – call us to schedule an appointment. Together, we can strategize ways to make your sex life as good as – or even better than – it was before your surgery.