Sexual Problems in Women - Surgery
One type of
sexual problem in women is pain during intercourse.
Pain often is caused by a physical reason, such as injury or anatomical
problems. If examinations and tests confirm that a physical condition is
causing pain during intercourse, treatment of that condition may get rid of the
pain. In some cases, such as with the medical condition
endometriosis, surgery may be recommended.
There is no surgical treatment for sexual problems unless
pain is caused by endometriosis or another medical condition.
What To Think About
Certain surgical procedures may
cause sexual problems. For example, it is common for a woman who has had her
breast or breasts removed (mastectomy) or has had her uterus and
ovaries removed (hysterectomy and oophorectomy) to report decreased
Sexual therapy may be recommended after surgery to
assist you and your partner in finding methods to stimulate sexual arousal
and achieve sexual satisfaction.
There are advertised procedures, such as "vaginal rejuvenation" surgeries, that promise to increase sexual pleasure. But such surgeries may not provide any benefit. And they may cause harm. They also may be costly and painful. Talk with your doctor about treatment for a sexual problem. If he or she is not able to help you find answers, ask for a referral to a doctor who is a specialist in this area of medicine.