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Sex After Hysterectomy: What Studies Have Found

By Stacy Lloyd HERWriter
 
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studies' findings about sex after having a hysterectomy
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Many women are concerned about the long-term effects of a hysterectomy on their sex life, wrote About.com. Since every woman is different, hysterectomy doesn’t always affect the ability to enjoy sex.

Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, may also include removing the fallopian tubes and ovaries, said the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMM) website.

The leading cause of hysterectomies is uterine fibroids. The procedure may also be used for cancer treatment, abnormal bleeding or endometriosis, a condition which causes pain, bleeding or infertility.

However, wrote WebMD, surgeons haven’t known whether one procedure improves sex after hysterectomy. Researcher Jan-Paul W. R. Roovers, MD, an obstetrics-gynecology professor at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands and his colleagues compared effects of vaginal hysterectomy, abdominal hysterectomy, and abdominal hysterectomy with cervix intact in 352 women.

Sex after hysterectomy was better, regardless of the procedure, said WebMD. Most of the women were sexually active both before and after hysterectomy. But of the 32 women who weren’t sexually active before hysterectomy, 53 percent became sexually active afterwards.

However, continued WebMD, some women who had abdominal hysterectomy continued having lubrication, arousal and sensation difficulties. Ten women who’d been sexually active before hysterectomy were no longer sexually active after.

Another study involving researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine concluded that the sex life of most women dramatically improved after hysterectomy.

Thirteen hundred women who had hysterectomies to treat non-cancerous conditions that caused bleeding, pain or discomfort, were part of the UMM study.

Along with an increased desire for sex, women had sex more often, had stronger and more frequent orgasms, and experienced less pain during intercourse wrote UMM.

Two years after surgery, more than 76 percent of women were having sexual relations, compared to 70.5 percent of women before surgery, said MedicineNet.com.

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