Every year, more than half a million hysterectomies are performed in the United States. This surgical removal of a woman’s uterus is an invasive and drastic treatment for some benign conditions that might respond to a less aggressive method. Uterine artery embolization can be used to treat conditions such as fibroids (myomas) and adenomyosis.
Today we are going to talk about some of the issues that women who have lost their uterus deal with. We will also go into one of the less-discussed side effects that can occur after a woman undergoes a hysterectomy and how this surgery can affect her intimate relationships. We will answer the question, “Can a man feel the difference after a hysterectomy?”
A Hysterectomy Can Interfere In Your Intimate Relationships
To understand the impact this uterus-removing surgery has on your intimate relationships, let’s take a look at what hysterectomy surgery involves.
An Outline Of The Hysterectomy Procedure
There are some different techniques used to remove a woman’s uterus, and the one chosen will depend on the reason and nature of the surgery. During a hysterectomy, the entire uterus and the cervix may be taken out, or the surgeon may only remove a portion leaving the cervix intact. The operation may also include the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
During an “open” or abdominal hysterectomy, a long incision is made in the abdomen and the uterus is removed. A vaginal hysterectomy does not require any incisions and is done through the vagina. The most commonly used procedure is done laparoscopically using a special surgical tool that has a tiny camera, and the uterus is removed using small incisions that are made in different locations on the abdomen.
How Can A Hysterectomy Impact Your Sex Life?
A study was done many years ago to determine how a hysterectomy affects a woman’s sexual functionality and their quality of life. They investigated some of the common complaints made by women and their sexual partners, including:
- Less desire for sex (low libido);
- Reduced sensation in the vagina;
- Not enough natural lubrication;
- Pain during intercourse;
- Loss of penetration depth due to vaginal shortening;
- Psychological repercussions/emotional anxiety.
The study went on to say that while some women had negative experiences after their surgery, others reported that their intimate relationships improved after surgery. It is important that we point out that the loss of their uterus did not improve their sex lives but it was the elimination of their symptoms.
Can A Hysterectomy Affect Orgasms?
Yes, it can. Depending on the technique used and the degree of the surgery, a hysterectomy can affect a woman’s ability to orgasm. If the nerves that pass near the cervix are damaged during the process, it can prevent a woman from experiencing internal orgasms. A study done by Boston University noted that this was only seen in women who had total hysterectomies.
Can A Man Feel When A Woman Has Had A Hysterectomy?
According to medical professionals, it would be unusual for a man to be able to tell that their female partner had undergone a hysterectomy during sexual intercourse. Interestingly, a survey was conducted in Norway where sexual partners of women who underwent a hysterectomy were asked this question. Out of the 111 surveys that were returned, 12% of the male partners of women who had a total hysterectomy stated that they could feel a difference, while only 4% of the partners of women who had a partial hysterectomy indicated that they noticed a difference.
Can You Enjoy Sex Again Without A Hysterectomy When You Have Uterine Fibroids?
While for the great majority, sex doesn’t feel different for a man after a hysterectomy, it can be quite different for a woman. Often, a woman’s desire for sex will diminish after the surgery, especially if her ovaries have been removed. Vaginal dryness may become an issue, which can make intercourse painful.
Sex for women with uterine fibroids, or adenomyosis, can be painful and anxiety-ridden. The symptoms of heavy bleeding, bloating, pelvic pressure, fatigue, and pain can eliminate a woman’s desire to be intimate and have a detrimental impact on her closest relationship. You may wonder “Is there a way to get rid of these terrible symptoms without causing other negative side effects?” Yes, the answer is a non-surgical procedure that takes under an hour to perform called uterine artery embolization (UAE).
There is no need to rush to the operating room and have your uterus removed, elevating your risk for future health issues and sexual dysfunction. UAE can help alleviate pain during sex and the anxiety that impacts your intimate relationships caused by the nasty symptoms that accompany myomas and adenomyosis. You can enjoy sex and a fulfilled intimate life without having to undergo surgery.
How Does UAE Work To Avoid Sexual Dysfunction After A Hysterectomy?
You will never have to ask yourself the question, “Will my husband feel a difference after my hysterectomy?” Uterine artery embolization is a uterus-sparing procedure that is performed as an outpatient and has a short recovery time of about a week. You go home the same day to recover in the comfort of your own home.
The rogue-growing endometrial cells that cause uterine myomas and adenomyosis require an active blood supply to remain alive. During the UAE procedure, the pathways to their vital supply of blood are cut off with tiny particles that are injected into strategic locations. These cells begin to die, which causes them to shrink, alleviating the symptoms that are disrupting your life.
No more worrying about whether sex feels different after a hysterectomy because you will not need this surgery. Uterine artery embolization will help get rid of your symptoms while conserving your uterus and reducing your risk of future health issues.
Who Should I Consult If I Have Been Told I Need A Hysterectomy?
If you have been advised that you need a hysterectomy because of symptoms related to uterine fibroids or adenomyosis, contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center. We have been helping women eliminate the debilitating symptoms of these two conditions for over 25 years.
Have you heard the old proverb “Do not throw out the baby with the bathwater”? This saying was translated from a German book from 1512 whose title translates to English as “Appeal To Fools”, and the original text said, “A fool thinks it is a good thing to spill the baby with the bath water.” This phrase was meant to critique those who, by trying to get rid of the bad, also eliminate whatever good there is.
Drs. Lipman and Ermentrout and the other qualified professionals at the Atlanta Fibroid Center have dedicated their lives and careers to ensuring that women can live fulfilled lives unimpaired by the symptoms caused by adenomyosis and fibroids. It is important to them to eliminate the bad while sparing the good, which is why they perform UAE. It gets rid of the bad symptoms but also allows a woman to keep her uterus, which is an important and valuable organ that promotes heart health, provides structure for other organs, and affects her sexual well-being. UAE is only performed by specially trained interventional radiologists, and your OB/GYN may not be aware of or may not provide you with this option because it is not a surgical procedure.
Don’t undergo a hysterectomy, no questions asked. Contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center and discover all your options for treatment. UAE may be a viable solution for you!