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chart: 44% of patients reported less lubrication after hysterectomy, and 56% reported the same or more

Hysterectomy Could Help to Improve Vaginal Dryness


Hysterectomy (or removal of the uterus) is becoming an increasingly common operation for middle-aged women suffering from gynecological conditions, with over half a million women undergoing hysterectomy annually in the U.S. alone. Many women are concerned about the affect the operation will have on their sexual health, and indeed many studies have shown that hysterectomy is often associated with increased pain during intercourse (medically known as "dyspareunia") as well as other sexual health issues, especially vaginal dryness, due to subsequent estrogen deficiency as the result of ovarian removal or failure.

However, a recent study conducted by Julia Rhodes et al. provides some conflicting evidence, showing that in some women hysterectomy can actually improve overall sexual health and well-being and improve vaginal dryness and associated discomfort.

The researchers conducted a two-year investigation as part of the Maryland Women's Health Study, interviewing 1101 women before hysterectomy and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after, measuring frequency of sexual relations, dyspareunia, orgasm, vaginal dryness, and sexual desire.

The majority of women reported improvements in each category. Interestingly, although women who did not previously experience vaginal dryness did report this symptom after hysterectomy, women suffering from vaginal dryness prior to the operation reported relief afterwards. One study found that about a little less than half of women (44%) reported worsened vaginal dryness after the procedure, while the majority (56%) reported a similar or increased amount of vaginal lubrication.

The women in the study reported other improvements as well, including more frequent sexual intercourse, less pain during sex, and more frequent orgasms. The mechanisms behind this improvement in sexual function are unclear, but the relief from gynecological problems after hysterectomy most likely aided by improving overall health and quality of life. The cessation of menstruation and freedom from pregnancy may also contribute to sexual wellbeing.
chart: 44% of patients reported less lubrication after hysterectomy, and 56% reported the same or more
It should be noted, however, that these positive side affects of hysterectomy are experienced only by women who had an unhealthy uterus. A normal, healthy woman would not benefit from the same improvements after the same surgery.

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