Wives: Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News!

Some studies show that women have a greater incidence of sexual dysfunction than men.  The gap can be as great as 25%.  Sexual dysfunction is is broadly defined as any issue that occurs at any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents on from experiencing pleasure.

With that in mind, we tend not to think of our ‘situation’ as being a sexual dysfunction.  They may be.  I took the following from an article on WebMd.com.  See what you may find that strikes you as being pertinent to your situation.

How Do Hormones Affect Sexual Function?

Hormones play an important role in regulating sexual function in women. With the decrease in the female hormone estrogen that is related to aging and menopause, many women experience some changes in sexual function as they age, including poor vaginal lubrication and decreased genital sensation. Further, research suggests that low levels of the male hormone testosterone also contribute to a decline in sexual arousal, genital sensation, and orgasm. Researchers still are investigating the benefits of hormones and other medications, including drugs like Viagra, to treat sexual problems in women.
What Effect Does a Hysterectomy Have on Sexual Function?

Many women experience changes in sexual function after a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). These changes may include a loss of desire, and decreased vaginal lubrication and genital sensation. These problems may be associated with the hormonal changes that occur with the loss of the uterus. Furthermore, nerves and blood vessels critical to sexual function can be damaged during the hysterectomy procedure.
How Does Menopause Affect a Woman’s Sexual Function?

The loss of estrogen following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s sexual functioning. Emotional changes that often accompany menopause can add to a woman’s loss of interest in sex and/or ability to become aroused. Hormone replacement therapy or vaginal lubricants may improve certain conditions, such as loss of vaginal lubrication and genital sensation, which can create problems with sexual function.

It should be noted that some post-menopausal women report an increase in sexual satisfaction. This may be due to decreased anxiety over getting pregnant. In addition, post-menopausal woman often have fewer child-rearing responsibilities, allowing them to relax and enjoy intimacy with their partners.
When Should I Call my Doctor?

Many women experience a problem with sexual function from time to time. However, when the problems are persistent, they can cause distress for the woman and her partner, and can have a negative impact on their relationship. If you consistently experience these problems, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment.

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2 Responses to Wives: Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News!

  1. Pingback: Wives: Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News! « The Pure Bed’s Blog | The Cancer and You Network

  2. Yes, the decreased blood flow is important to sexual function. But even more important, the uterus is a sex organ. Women who experience uterine contractions during orgasm cannot experience them after the uterus is removed.

    No hormones, pills, patches or implants will restore sexual feeling or function after the uterus is removed. The loss is permanent and there is no remedy. To read more about what women experience sexually after hysterectomy read the new book “The H Word” by Nora W. Coffey and Rick Schweikert.

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