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After Treatment

Reviewed by Dr. Barb DePree, MD

Woman with pink ribbonIt might be hernia repair, a hysterectomy and menopause, cancer treatments,  oophorectomy, vaginoplasty, endometriosis, or the removal of fibroids. 

Even so, your first concern is making sure you heal properly and achieve your primary treatment goals. Then, as your recovery progresses, restoring your sexual health deserves a top spot on your priority list.

Many surgeries and cancer treatments risk changes in sexual feelings and sensations, or shortening or narrowing the vagina, putting women in a similar boat as those who are experiencing vaginal atrophy.

Intercourse after Surgery

If you are about to undergo pelvic surgery and are concerned about how it might affect your sexual life, make sure you ask about intercourse after a hysterectomy and how this may influence function or enjoyment now. Women have surgery on 'sex organs' and the word 'sex' never gets discussed!

Hysterectomy and Menopause

Women who have been through a serious surgery may also feel differently about their bodies or may be affected by the experience itself. Sometimes we need some help recovering emotionally, as well as physically, from the experience.

Learn about the actions you could take, listed at right, to address this condition or see other conditions that could affect you.