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Is My Sex Life Over After Hysterectomy?

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Woman wondering if sex life is over after hysterectomyI didn't have sex for several years after my hysterectomy. When I finally tried again, it was near impossible. Will I ever be able to have sex again?

Restoring your sex life after so many years may take a bit more work, but it is possible in most cases.

The first thing to do is talk to your doctor. If you had your ovaries removed, or if you've gone through natural menopause since your surgery, you may have a severe case of vaginal atrophy. Your doctor should be able to suggest a vaginal estrogen to help replenish the vaginal tissues.

The next thing to consider is a vaginal dilator. A dilator is a device used to help stretch and widen the vagina, making it possible to have intercourse comfortably again.

Pelvic Floor Therapy can also help relax the vaginal tissues. Therapy can include internal pressure, electrical simulators, and exercises. Exercises such as yoga, Pilates, and squats often prove helpful for stretching and strengthening pelvic floor muscles.

Possibly the hardest part in this endeavor is being honest and upfront with your doctor. She cannot adequately help you if he doesn't know the extent of your predicament. If it helps, try practicing the conversation with your partner, a close friend, or even just a mirror so that you are better prepared to say what you need to say in your appointment.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-16-2013 - 08:29 PM


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