Better Sex After Hysterectomy
Female Orgasm, Satisfaction, Improves for Most
The Options continued...
"But women who aren't suffering daily with pain -- who have a satisfactory sexual life despite whatever is going on in the uterus -- those are the women we worry about, the women who should consider other options. " Berman says.
Female orgasms involving deep pelvic contractions -- "vaginal orgasms" -- may be affected by loss of sensation after hysterectomy, she tells WebMD. "Those women will still have clitoral orgasms, albeit less intense and less satisfying, they won't lose that ability altogether."
The options to hysterectomy: "If the problem is fibroids, endometriosis, or dysfunctional uterine bleeding, there is endometrial ablation -- a minimally invasive heat balloon -- which has minimal risk," Berman explains.
"For uterine fibroids, a procedure called uterine artery embolization shrinks blood flow to the uterus, which shrinks fibroids," she says. "This procedure has been perfected so that it spares the uterine and vaginal arteries and nerves from damage."
Laser procedures are also being developed for fibroids, she explains. And for endometriosis, the new Seasonale pill can help. Seasonale is a birth control pill that delivers a continuous dose of hormones for three months, followed by one week off -- giving the woman a period every three months.
"We're getting closer and closer to organ-preserving medicine in women," she tells WebMD. "We're trying to offer women the same sorts of options we give men."
This study is the first to focus on sex after hysterectomy and female sexual well-being, notes Roovers. Trends in persistent problems warrant further study, he says.