Sexual Side Effects of a Partial Hysterectomy

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When a woman is briefed by her doctor about the possible complications of a partial hysterectomy, the consequences it may have on her sex life should be included. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, as doctors may focus on warning patients to look for signs of hemorrhaging or infection as they recover. Patients may not even realize that sexual problems that arise after the operation are related to the surgery.

Desire

A woman's libido can severely diminish to the point of where she no longer desires sex at all.

Arousal

Females might notice that their level of arousal when they do engage in sexual activity is much less intense than before the operation.

Orgasm

Inability to orgasm or less satisfactory orgasms have been reported, due to the remainder of the uterus (or total lack of uterus) no longer being able to contract, or due to the cervix being removed.

Painful Intercourse

If part of the vagina was removed during the hysterectomy, intercourse may become painful.

Vaginal Dryness

When one of the ovaries is taken out, the reduction in estrogen can cause vaginal dryness.

Self Image

A woman may feel less feminine or that she is no longer desirable because she can't become pregnant, which some consider the ultimate sign of womanhood.

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