Vaginal dryness from low estrogen
levels may develop if your ovaries were removed (oophorectomy). This can also
develop gradually after a hysterectomy. If sexual intercourse is painful
because of vaginal dryness:
Use a vaginal lubricant, such as K-Y Jelly
or Astroglide, or a polyunsaturated vegetable oil that does not contain
preservatives. If you are using condoms, use a water-based lubricant, rather
than an oil-based lubricant. Oil can weaken the condom so that it breaks. Avoid
petroleum jelly (for example, Vaseline) as a lubricant, because it increases the
risk of vaginal irritation and infection.
Pain during intercourse may occur if
your vagina was shortened during your hysterectomy. Changing positions may help
make intercourse less painful. Talk with your doctor if you have any difficulty
during intercourse after a hysterectomy.
How will I feel emotionally after my hysterectomy?
It is normal to have various
concerns when faced with the possibility of having a
hysterectomy. A woman's emotions are often based on her
beliefs about the importance of her uterus, her fears
about her health or personal relationships after a hysterectomy, and concerns
enjoyment of sexual activities after surgery. If you
are considering a hysterectomy, talk with your doctor about your specific fears
and anxieties concerning the surgery.