Many women facing the prospect of hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, fear a loss of sexual function. Studies have presented mixed findings on the issue, adding to the anxiety.
Now, a study of 1,101 women who had hysterectomies finds that afterward they generally wanted and had sex more often, were more likely to reach orgasm, experienced less vaginal dryness, and were less likely to have pain during sex than was the case before surgery.
Researchers identified women, average age 43, who had undergone hysterectomy at 28 randomly selected Maryland hospitals. The researchers questioned the women shortly before the hysterectomy and again 6, 12, 18, and 24 months afterward.