Sexual functioning and patient expectations of sexual functioning after hysterectomy

Katherine G. Dragisic, Magdy P. Milad*

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess sexual functioning and patient expectations of sexual functioning after hysterectomy. Study design: Seventy-five patients who had undergone hysterectomy at an urban academic medical center were surveyed about sexual function at the time of hysterectomy and after hysterectomy. Chi-squared tests compared responses for discrete outcomes. Result: Most patients expected no change in sexual desire or orgasm quality. Hysterectomy had no effect on the frequency of sexual activity or on orgasmic response. Postoperatively, patients were less likely to report pain with intercourse (relative risk, 5.34; 95% CI, 2.2-12.95; P = .00002): 49.3% of patients had discussed sexual functioning after hysterectomy with their physicians, and 64.8% of patients recalled initiating the discussion. Conclusion: Most patients expected and experienced no change in sexual desire, orgasm frequency, or orgasm intensity. Hysterectomy appears to result in decreased pain with sexual relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1416-1418
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004


  • Hysterectomy
  • Sexual function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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