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Sex Can Improve After Hysterectomy

For some women, sexual satisfaction can improve after a hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy as Sex Therapy?

All this is not to suggest that women should embrace major surgery as a means to improve their sex lives, the Maryland researchers say. Typically, improvements in a woman's sex life occur only if she has had sexual problems before the surgery.

But not all of the 600,000 American women who have hysterectomies each year are experiencing pain, says Michael Broder, M.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA Medical School. And in his most recent study, published February 2000 in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he suggests that many women should first try other, less invasive treatments. ''I'd say that 10 to 15% of hysterectomies shouldn't be done,'' he says. Sometimes, the most common problems that lead to a hysterectomy (uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding) can be treated with hormone therapy or laparoscopic surgery that saves the uterus.

But for some, a hysterectomy can mean a return to a more satisfying sex life. "Now I can have sex whenever I want without discomfort," Harris says.

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