This study was a narrative review and performed in 5 steps: a Determining the research questions, b Search methods for identification of relevant studies, c Choosing the studies, d Classifying, sorting out, and summarizing the data, and e reporting the results. The review of the studies yielded 5 main categories of results as follows: The effect of hysterectomy on Sexual desire, the effect of hysterectomy on sexual arousal, the effect of hysterectomy on orgasm, the effect of hysterectomy on dyspareunia, and the effect of hysterectomy on sexual satisfaction. According to the studies reviewed in this study, most of the sexual disorders improve after hysterectomy for uterine benign diseases, and most of the patients who were sexually active before the surgery experienced the same or better sexual functioning after the surgery.
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.
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.
A hysterectomy can relieve painful symptoms from fibroids, abnormal periods, or cancer. This includes the ability to have future orgasms. In short, research says a hysterectomy is unlikely to impair sexual function.
If you are about to be one of them, a frank discussion with your gynecologist is an essential first step. Hysterectomy may be a real medical necessity, not simply another option, if you have invasive cancer of the reproductive organs — the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. A partial hysterectomy is surgical removal of the uterus alone, and a myomectomy is removal of only fibroids.
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.
Many women are concerned about the effect that hysterectomy, with or without oophorectomy, will have on sexual response. This is probably an individual response and has not been proved in studies. In addition, if the ovaries are removed, hormone levels drop sharply, and that can affect sexual feelings:.
However that is not the case. Here are some of the questions we asked and the personal experiences shared by participants:. Dave Dubin, founder aliveandKickn Lynch Syndrome foundation, above average soccer player and coach Hcchat.