May Is Hysterectomy Awareness Month
Sex After A Hysterectomy May Improve
Despite fears of what life will be like after a hysterectomy, for many women intimacy actually improves. In a recent survey, 59 percent of women polled feared sex would be less enjoyable after a hysterectomy. Sixty-one percent of women were worried that they would feel differently to a partner after a hysterectomy.
But across the board, the actual experience has been demonstrated to be the exact opposite. The National Institute of Health conducted studies of women after having a hysterectomy and the results show no negative affect on sex drive, self-image, or sexual satisfaction with partner. In fact, in many cases, the opposite was true. The causes for this vary, but for many women, the conditions that exist that warranted hysterectomy may have affected arousal or interest in sex. Treating the condition can help women become more active and get back to living their lives, including enjoying intimacy.
“Complex conditions like endometriosis, adenomyosis or fibroids can cause pain for women during sex,” said Natalya Danilyants, MD. “For many women with these conditions who are past childbearing or who do not want children, a laparoscopic hysterectomy can relieve the symptoms of the condition and in turn, restore a woman’s confidence. The pain or bleeding that comes with these conditions can lower a woman’s interest in intimacy. Once the source of the pain or bleeding is resolved, confidence often is restored, which has a huge impact on a woman’s self-esteem and libido.”
FIND A LAPAROSCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY SPECIALIST WHO WILL WORK WITH YOU
The emotional and physical changes after a hysterectomy can be easier to adjust to if women know what to expect, and are able to ask informed questions. Second opinions are expected with this type of surgery and different surgeons can provide additional insight to the condition or the procedure.
“Many of our patients have come to us after second or third opinions because what they hear doesn’t sound right, or they aren’t getting the answers they need,” said Paul MacKoul, MD. “Taking the time to fully explain the patient’s specific condition with a personalized drawing helps them to visualize and understand exactly why the surgery was recommended, and from our perspective, how the CIGC techniques can make the surgical experience less traumatic. Many of the women who come to us are facing open surgeries, and that’s not necessary if a patient finds a true specialist.”
Knowing what to ask, and what you want will also help you find the right person to perform your surgery and manage any additional therapy that may be needed.
Read the full article | Sex May Improve for Women Suffering From GYN Conditions After a Hysterectomy