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Hello Everybody! I had my hysterectomy (TAH) in 2006, a joint decision of my doctor and my sister. I was suffering from the amassed loss of blood which (in turn) caused a stroke, which also caused me to suffer Aphasia; the blood loss was due to an enlarged fibroid (6 pounds). I regained the ability to speak and reason from the doctors at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center.
It was at least a year before I attempted to have sex and it HURT but I can't understand why. My doctor told me that it was possibly vaginal scar tissue. Has anyone here had this problem? It feels like being a virgin all over again...except much worse! And now I'm afraid to have sex again.
There are more than one reason it may hurt. Could be vaginal tissue problems, it could be that your vagina was forshortened, which happens a lot, and it definitely can be the scar tissue at the top of the vagina. But the pelvic floor specialist that did my enterocele repair said that I would always have pain, that vaginal pain was a given with a lot of hysterectomies.
I had a lot of vaginal tissue problems for a long time, that has improved, but it still hurts at the cuff, there just cannot be any deep thrusting. Your vagina sort of shrinks, also, and using it may help, but make sure you use plenty of lube.
Good luck, I know your pain.
(((Elysium221B))) Lube is fine to use during intercourse to try to make it more comfortable, but if the problem is scar tissue it won't fix it. Nor will it fix it if it's due to vaginal dryness and atrophy, which happens a lot, even in women who keep their ovaries.
I had a large adhesion form vaginally after my hysterectomy with A&P repairs. It required a second surgery to remove and cauterize the areas that were affected, as well as the use of estrogen cream afterwards to help with healing. Since then, everything is A-OK.
Your DR who said it was "possibly" vaginal scar tissue ... did he/she do an internal exam? Surely they could tell that way whether or not you had an issue with scar tissue? If not, perhaps you need to be seeing a new GYN for help with this.
By the way, I have to ask... you mentioned in your post that your hyst was a joint decision between your DR and your sister. Were you not involved in the decision process? Yikes! That would make it much harder to deal with any negative consequences of the surgery, at least for me.
I was unable to make a decision of any kind: I'd been brought in to the Emergency Room in an ambulance after the stroke and requiring 4 units of blood; I was unable to speak other than the word "yes" for about a week.
The doctor who did the initial exam and surgery, was the doctor that was "assigned" to me. I didn't have insurance and Los Angeles is a Wait-Your-Turn kind of place when it comes to medical plans.
The doctor I see now, is basically a Primary Care Physician; he answered my question about the possibility of it being vaginal scar tissue, and did not do an internal exam. This office is the kind of place that unless you ask for something, they don't necessarily say "You need this...". I don't mean to make it sound as if they aren't caring individuals...they are. It's just more of the L.A. County mentality, except that you don't have to wait as long as you would in County Hospital.
However, I can see the sense in what you're saying; I'm going to call and get a gynocological exam ASAP...or I'll be getting a new OB-GYN!