Does sex after hysterectomy change?

The effect of hysterectomy on sexual function is a controversial subject.  It was thought in the past that women who had a complete hysterectomy (removing the uterus and cervix) experience more sexual dysfunction than women who don’t.  What seems more to be the case is that whatever a woman’s sexual functioning was like before surgery is what she can expect after surgery.

This may not be the case in a woman who has had a hysterectomy because of cancer or in a woman whose vagina may have been shortened as a result of their hysterectomy.  In these cases, the shortened vagina may cause pain with intercourse which may then lead to other sexual problems.  Women who have their ovaries removed before they reach menopause may also experience decreased sexual desire and difficulty with arousal.

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