What are possible long-term problems after hysterectomy? continued...
Vaginal dryness from low estrogen
levels may develop if your ovaries were removed (oophorectomy). This can also
develop gradually after a hysterectomy. If sexual intercourse is painful
because of vaginal dryness:
Use a vaginal lubricant, such as K-Y Jelly
or Astroglide, or a polyunsaturated vegetable oil that does not contain
preservatives. If you are using condoms, use a water-based lubricant, rather
than an oil-based lubricant. Oil can weaken the condom so that it breaks. Avoid
petroleum jelly (for example, Vaseline) as a lubricant, because it increases the
risk of vaginal irritation and infection.
Use a low-dose
vaginal estrogen cream, ring, or tablet, which will
reverse vaginal dryness and irritation by affecting only the vaginal area. If
you are having other menopausal symptoms, talk to your doctor about systemic
estrogen therapy (ET) and other treatment
options. For more treatment information, see the topic
Menopause and Perimenopause.
Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy: Should I Use Estrogen Therapy (ET)?
Pain during intercourse may occur if
your vagina was shortened during your hysterectomy. Changing positions may help
make intercourse less painful. Talk with your doctor if you have any difficulty
during intercourse after a hysterectomy.
How will I feel emotionally after my hysterectomy?
It is normal to have various
concerns when faced with the possibility of having a
hysterectomy. A woman's emotions are often based on her
beliefs about the importance of her uterus, her fears
about her health or personal relationships after a hysterectomy, and concerns
enjoyment of sexual activities after surgery. If you
are considering a hysterectomy, talk with your doctor about your specific fears
and anxieties concerning the surgery.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 02, 2014
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