Hysterectomy and Sexual Function
Recent research into whether different types of hysterectomy affected sexuality after hysterectomy presented in the BMJ has said that, women experienced an improvement in sexual function and pleasure, irrespective of the type of hysterectomy that they had had.
However, the researchers also concluded that up to 43% of the 416 woman sample continued to have one or more bothersome problems six months after surgery.
The bothersome problems listed and analysed by the researchers were in the areas of lubrication, orgasm, pain and sensation. The researchers also disregarded answers that said that I am slightly bothered as an indicator of ongoing sexual problems. The researchers also failed to consider frequency of problems experienced and did not include women who had surgery because of endometriosis and/or prolapse of the womb. An interesting note was that of the 416 women surveyed, 10 patients who had been sexually active before surgery, no longer were and 17 women who had not been sexually active before surgery become so. However, no account was made of other pyscho-sexual or relationship difficulties or even the existence of a relationship to determine whether these findings were valid.