Does hysterectomy affect sexual function?

A woman's sexual function is usually not affected after hysterectomy, and her sexual desire should not change. Only if the ovaries were removed with the uterus prior to menopause, decreased sex drive may occur and vaginal dryness may be a problem during sex. However, estrogen therapy can relieve vaginal dryness and other hormone-related effects.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/25/2018.

References

  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Hysterectomy. Accessed 6/25/2018.
  • Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hysterectomy. Accessed. 6/25/2018.

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