The problems that lead to a hysterectomy have likely already caused issues with your sex life. Perhaps you’re having heavy and unpredictable bleeding, prolapse of your uterus, or pain. Once you’ve made the decision to have a hysterectomy, you’re probably looking to resume normal functions, including enjoying your sex life.
There are several types of surgeries for removal of the uterus. Make sure you understand which technique your surgeon will use.
Common surgeries include:
- Vaginal Hysterectomy – Uterus is removed through the vagina.
- Abdominal Hysterectomy – Uterus is removed through incision in the abdomen (stomach).
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – Through small incisions in the abdomen, video technology is used to remove the uterus through the abdomen (stomach) or the vagina.
- Partial Hysterectomy – The uterus is removed but the cervix is left in place.
- Total Hysterectomy – The uterus and the cervix are removed.
- Oophorectomy – The ovaries are removed. This is sometimes done in addition to a hysterectomy.
- Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy – The uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed.
Sexual recovery and function can be affected differently depending on what type of procedure you’re having. Ask your surgeon what types of effects your surgery will have on your sex life.
Studies show that women who are psychologically healthy and have a good sex life before hysterectomy usually have a a good quality sex life that is at least the same or better after surgery.