After having a hysterectomy many women worry about what their life will be like, including their sex life. Although everyone heals differently, a person may experience some common side effects after surgery that may initially affect sex. Given time to heal, many women find their enjoyment of sexual activity remains the same after a hysterectomy, while others say it improves. How long should you wait after your hysterectomy to have sex? Please read more below:
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), after a hysterectomy, a woman should refrain from putting anything in the vagina for about 6 weeks. This includes a penis, fingers, sex toys, tampons, and douches.
It is important to understand that this recommendation is based on the average time it takes to heal, which is about 6 to 8 weeks. However, everyone heals at a different rate. We recommend that women refrain from sexual activity after a hysterectomy until all surgery-related vaginal discharge has stopped and any wounds have healed.
There are no official guidelines on when it is safe to have an orgasm, for example, from manual masturbation with the fingers. But, it is vital to give the body time to heal, and an orgasm tenses the muscles in the pelvic region, potentially straining any healing wounds.
There are no expectations about when a woman should feel like having sex after a hysterectomy. Some women may experience vaginal bleeding and pain for several weeks after surgery, and they may have little interest in sex.
In addition to physical effects, a hysterectomy can have a significant emotional impact and affect how a woman feels about having sex. A woman’s feelings about sex after a hysterectomy may vary depending on the reasons for surgery, her personal situation, and whether surgery has induced menopause.