Q: Is it possible to orgasm after having a partial hysterectomy? Can the removal of my ovaries affect my ability to become sexually aroused? Is it going to hurt if I try to have penetrative sex again?
When you have a partial hysterectomy, your uterus is removed, but the clitoris and labia stay intact. If you could achieve an orgasm through clitoral stimulation before, it’s likely that you still can.
This procedure is invasive and may affect the type of orgasm you’re used to having. You should refrain from any sexual activities for at least 6 weeks (penetrative or otherwise) until you fully heal.
Once you fully recover, you may notice changes in the intensity of your orgasms. Be open to exploring other types of stimulation. Many people find that partial hysterectomies improve sex, as they no longer have to deal with pain or heavy periods.
Removing your ovaries can impact your hormones and cause you to be less interested in sex. Changes in hormones can also cause vaginal dryness, which can lead to pain during penetrative sex.
A water-based lubricant and different sex positions can help make sex more comfortable. If you’re still experiencing pain during sex, reach out to a medical professional or sex therapist.
If your sexual needs change, make sure to communicate with your partner. If you’re single, stay curious about creating solo sexual practices that make you feel good.
Janet Brito is an AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor who also has a license in clinical psychology and social work. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, one of only a few programs in the world dedicated to sexuality training. Currently, she’s based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the founder of the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Brito has been featured on many outlets, including O: The Oprah Magazine, HuffPost, Playboy, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, and Midweek Publications. Reach out to her through her website or on Instagram.