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5 Ways to Fire Up Desire After Hysterectomy
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I'm healed from my hysterectomy, but I have no desire for intimacy anymore. Is something wrong with me?
Did you know that women are two to three times more likely than men to be affected by a decline in sex drive as they age? In fact, a woman’s libido typically starts to decline in her late 40s or 50s. There are many different factors that can affect your desire or lack thereof, including hormones
, pain, stress
, medications, and more.
The good news is that many factors can also mean many solutions.
Here are some treatment options recommended by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS):
1. Examine Your Relationship
Unresolved relationship issues can put a huge damper on desire
. If there are any unresolved issues in your relationship, this is a good time to get them out in the air and start to work them out.
2. Dig a Little Deeper
Sometimes, emotional roadblocks need professional help. If your physician
cannot pinpoint a medical issue, and your relationship seems to be in good order, you might also consider sex therapy/counseling
to help unravel any personal psychological roadblocks standing between you and a healthy intimate relationship.
3. Mind Your Meds
Some medications (such as certain antidepressants or blood pressure drugs) can curb your desire. Sometimes, lowering the dosage or finding an alternative can make a dramatic difference. If you are using these medications or any others that are known to affect libido, ask your doctor about changing things up a bit.
4. Ask the Doc
Believe it or not, loss of libido is a medical issue, and your doctor may be able to help more than you think. There are various prescriptions available for testosterone
and other treatments that can help balance your hormones and boost your libido. If intercourse is painful
for you, he may even suggest vaginal dilation therapy
5. Find Your Center
Some yoga poses can help calm the mind and rejuvenate blood flow to the areas that matter most. Child’s Pose, Goddess Pose, and Bridge Pose, for example, are all great poses to start fueling up your libido.
Firing up your desire
can sometimes take a while. In the meantime, take care of yourself by getting plenty of exercise
, eating a well-balanced diet
and nurturing yourself
. And whatever you do, do not beat yourself up over this. This is not your fault
. Whenever you start having negative thoughts about yourself, engage in positive self-talk instead. And most importantly, don't give up. If your current doctor cannot help you, don't be afraid to seek out another.
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.
06-16-2014 - 09:28 AM
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