The uterus is a hormone responsive reproductive sex organ with important lifelong functions. Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, causes many well documented, irreversible, life altering adverse effects. Women who experienced uterine orgasm before hysterectomy will not experience it after the surgery because the muscular uterine contractions that occur during uterine orgasm cannot occur without a uterus.
It depends on the type of hysterectomy you undergo. If the doctor removes your ovaries along with your uterus, which occurs in about half of all hysterectomies in this country, then yes, your sexual desire may change. These glands produce about half of testosterone and nearly all of estrogen.
The prevailing view in the literature is that hysterectomy improves the quality of life. This is based on claims that hysterectomy alleviates pain dyspareunia and abnormal bleedingand improves sexual response. However, we note that almost all the papers we found reported that some of the women in their studies claim that hysterectomy is detrimental to their sexual response.
The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and vagina vaginal canal make up the female reproductive system. During a vaginal hysterectomy, the surgeon detaches the uterus from the ovaries, fallopian tubes and upper vagina, as well as from the blood vessels and connective tissue that support it, before removing the uterus. Vaginal hysterectomy involves a shorter time in the hospital, lower cost and faster recovery than an abdominal hysterectomy, which requires an incision in your lower abdomen. However, depending on the size and shape of your uterus or the reason for the surgery, vaginal hysterectomy might not be possible.
The sexual medicine information session was held the day after our troops went into battle, but people in attendance were totally focussed on Dr. There are 3 types of hysterectomy: partial, where the cervix is left intact, complete, where the cervix is removed the most common procedure and radical, for cancer, where the lymph nodes and supporting structures are also removed. The uterus can be removed abdominally, vaginally or by LAVH, laparascopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy.
A hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus womb — the hollow organ where babies grow and develop during pregnancy. Having this procedure can relieve pain and other symptoms from conditions like fibroids or endometriosis. And if you have uterine or cervical cancer, it could save your life.
This article was medically reviewed by Carolyn Swenson, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and member of the Prevention Medical Review Boardon June 18, Nearlywomen get hysterectomies each year in the U. Several factors go into how long the recovery process will be for you, including what type of hysterectomy you had and how your body responds to surgery.
This section reviews some of the more common types of surgery used to treat certain cancers and the ways they can impact your sex life. Radical hysterectomy is an operation done to treat some cancers of the cervix. The surgeon takes out the uterus and the ligaments tissue fibers that hold it in place.
Back to Sexual health. How a hysterectomy might affect your sex life, how long you should wait before having sex again and how to cope with issues such as vaginal dryness. It takes time to get back to normal after an operationbut having a hysterectomy can have a strong emotional impact too, which can affect how you feel about sex. If you experience problems with sex after your operation, there is help available.