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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Sociopsychological aspects of body image form a complex pattern of self knowledge and how one is perceived by others. The invasion of surgery invariably causes temporary or permanent changes, which may not be anticipated by women or may emerge only on discharge from hospital. Partners who adapt poorly to the new circumstances may also find it difficult to continue sexual activity, but an existing strong and intimate relationship encourages positive postoperative adjustment.
Dealing with psychological and emotional states such as anxiety, fear, and depression about surgery is crucial to a woman and her partner. Medical teams should encourage women to discuss their worries, especially sexual anxieties, as problems become more entrenched and more difficult to treat over time.
Rehabilitation is important in promoting adjustment and acceptance by facilitating the grieving process. Healthy adaptation to a stoma depends on preoperative and postoperative counselling Lady want sex Colon understanding by stoma nurses. Dyspareunia can be a major problem, not only because of lack of arousal or secondary vaginismus after surgery but because of the amount of scar tissue within the pelvis. Total or partial hip replacement is now a common operation, but when a patient can safely sex is often not mentioned.
Anatomically, internal rotation is dangerous postoperatively because it can lead to dislocation, but, as intercourse usually requires external rotation of the t, sex can generally be d when the scar is comfortable. While these are often done as lifesaving operations with very good outcomes, women must be allowed to discuss their fears about when or if it is safe to restart sexual activity. Intercourse can take place when a woman feels like it, provided she can walk up two flights of stairs without difficulty, the equivalent cardiac output of orgasm. Angina may limit her activity, although this is unlikely.
After a chest operation, she should take the female superior or another comfortable position until discomfort from the chest scar has eased. Cataract removal places no restrictions on sexual activity, but intercourse should be avoided Lady want sex Colon two weeks after a retinal detachment, and patients with vitreous haemorrhages need to wait until their laser treatment has finished or, if they do not have diabetes, two weeks after the bleeding has stopped.
The uterus, menstruation, and fertility are seen by many women as fundamental to their femininity. After hysterectomy women often have great difficulty becoming sexually aroused, particularly when there are s of depression before the operation and the woman is aged under However, in some women, for whom other treatments have not worked, hysterectomy can be a relief from heavy bleeding, pain, and tiredness, allowing a freer sexual life. Example of a case history: A 49 year old housewife of average intelligence came to a family planning clinic eight weeks after undergoing a hysterectomy because she was worried about not having had a period yet and to find out when she could sexual intercourse.
She had not felt able to ask at the gynaecology clinic because everyone was so busy. Intercourse is usually allowed after six weeks, but this is somewhat arbitrary. Gentle penetration is quite possible after four weeks, although many women prefer to wait longer. These are done mainly for prolapse of the bladder or rectum. Some women complain of postoperative vaginal tightness or dyspareunia because of tender scar tissue.
They should be encouraged to restart sexual intercourse when it feels comfortable, using a water based lubricant such as KY jelly or Senselle or an aromatic oil such as peach kernel or sweet almond oil though oils must not be used with barrier contraceptives made from latex rubber as they may render them ineffective. Sexual expression can be badly affected by incontinence, with fears about odour, leakage, and wetness. If a woman tenses her pubococcygeal muscles and bladder sphincter in order not to dribble urine, the resulting physiological and psychological tension can lead to vaginismus and possibly dyspareunia and interference with sexual arousal and orgasm.
The diagnosis of an abnormal cervical smear can create great anxiety, especially when it is totally unexpected.
It is important to let a woman express her anxiety and fears about cervical cancer and its effect on her sex life before referring her for colposcopy. She will then find it easier to her sexual life after treatment. This operation is illegal in Britain, but the obstetric and sexual sequelae are seen in clinics in areas with large African and Middle Eastern communities. Recent arrivals may need deinfibulation because they are getting married or are pregnant. Young women brought up in Britain may feel mutilated compared with their peers. They need appropriate sexual counselling, and occasionally deinfibulation.
Problems with non-consummation of marriage are common, often due to vaginismus. It is important that these women are examined by doctors comfortable with treating psychosexual problems. Episiotomies are routinely done to prevent tears in the perineum during labour.
It is essential that midwives and Lady want sex Colon doctors are properly trained and take great care in the site and length of incision and its repair to protect the perineum. Poor repairs that lead to painful scars, malposition of the sutures, narrowing of the introitus, or even extrusion of pieces of catgut can severely affect sexual pleasure. Since Lady want sex Colon sexual desire, dyspareunia, and secondary vaginismus are common responses after childbirth, women may benefit from postnatal referral to a therapist to discuss sexual dysfunction. Psychological reasons are varied, but tiredness, especially when breast feeding, and fears of a further pregnancy can have a negative effect on a sexual relationship.
Some women feel relieved after a termination, and it has little impact on their psychological wellbeing, but others may feel a deep sense of loss and grief. This causes anxiety, depression, loss of sexual desire, and difficulties within an existing relationship. When this happens, the reasons why the termination was wanted need to be explored, and all the emotions of that loss need to be counselled.
Intercourse can be d when the woman has stopped bleeding after the termination if she feels like it. Women aged over 30 who have completed their family, and especially those who have had problems with contraception, may find that their sexual activity improves after elimination of the possibility of unwanted pregnancies, and they can intercourse as soon as they feel physically comfortable after the operation. On the other hand, women coerced into unwanted sterilisation may retreat sexually. The pressure to perform to a calendar gives rise to many sexual problems for both men and women.
The low success rate of treatments also increases the feelings of failure, loss, grief, frustration, and depression. Couples need counselling to maintain their sexual intimacy while undergoing medical and surgical interventions and beyond. Operations such as hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, and radical vulvectomy can cause major genital mutilation, often producing difficult psychosexual problems. Women have to deal not only with the fear and anxiety of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis but with the constant fear of recurrence.
They often do not know what to expect sexually after an operation because of lack of communication with their doctors as well as with their partners. Partners mainly suffer in silence and find it difficult to make sexual approaches. They fear being seen as selfish or not understanding the physical and emotional pain that the woman is going through, or they may put more pressure on her by assuming that she wants sex. Some partners find that they cannot cope with the physical differences caused by the operation, and this makes restarting a sexual life a big ordeal.
Women who were aged under 50 or not sexually experienced and those not in a relationship at the time of the operation were worst affected. The most common problem was lack of sexual arousal. If at all possible, radiotherapy should be avoided in order to minimise the physical mutilation and to preserve the ovaries.
At every follow up visit all women should be asked how their sexual life is progressing, and sexual counselling should be offered early to minimise long term damage. Before an operation takes place it is essential to discuss with the woman, and preferably with her partner, the full implications of the operation on their sexual life.
To allow the full expression of their fears, myths, gains, and losses, discussions should be conducted in private in a frank and empathic way. This helps to minimise sexual dysfunction after the operation.
Postoperatively, permission giving and the importance of starting sexual activity early should be emphasised. If a woman has had radiotherapy, oestrogen cream should be used in the vagina. Different positions for intercourse may have to be tried to lessen dyspareunia.
Clinical depression should be treated first. When there are intrinsic difficulties with a relationship, the couple should be counselled by an appropriately trained person. BMJ ; Before surgery, some couples may have chosen not to be sexually active, and this must be taken into when discussing sexual activity before and after the operation. Good communication skills, especially good listening skills, are essential if a doctor is to show empathy, respect, and non-judgmental attitudes when discussing sexual issues with patients.
Detail from On Surgery 14th century manuscript by Rogier de Salerne. Healthy adaptation to a stoma depends on adequate counselling for both the patient and her partner. Patients undergoing laser treatment for a detached retina or vitreous haemorrhage should be warned to avoid sexual activity.
Examination of a woman who had undergone ritual genital mutilation as and who now requires deinfibulation to enable her to reproduce.
Exploration of a six month old episiotomy scar to remove a painful granuloma, probably the result of stitch that was not removed after the original procedure. After an operation, different positions for intercourse may have to be tried to lessen dyspareunia. Man and woman making love, from Love by Mihaly von Zichy. The manuscript by Salerne and the engraving by Zichy were reproduced with permission of the Bridgeman Art Library. The photograph of a girl undergoing ritual circumcision was reproduced with permission of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Journal List BMJ v. Asun de Marquiegui and Margot Huish. Copyright and information Disclaimer. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Factors affecting sexual function after an operation Disfigurement or mutilation altering the body image psychological and emotional states Physical Lady want sex Colon and hormonal, vascular, or nervous damage Existing problems with intimacy and quality of relationship.
Hip surgery Total or partial hip replacement is now a common operation, but when a patient can safely sex is often not mentioned. Heart operations and angina While these are often done as lifesaving operations with very good outcomes, women must be allowed to discuss their fears about when or if it is safe to restart sexual activity.
Eye operations Cataract removal places no restrictions on sexual activity, but intercourse should be avoided for two weeks after a retinal detachment, and patients with vitreous haemorrhages need to wait until their laser treatment has finished or, if they do not have diabetes, two weeks after the bleeding has stopped.
Gynaecological operations Hysterectomy The uterus, menstruation, and fertility are seen Lady want sex Colon many women as fundamental to their femininity. Vaginal repairs These are done mainly for prolapse of the bladder or rectum. Incontinence and colloid injections Sexual expression can be badly affected by incontinence, with fears about odour, leakage, and wetness. Minor operations The diagnosis of an abnormal cervical smear can create great anxiety, especially when it is totally unexpected.
Female genital mutilation This operation is illegal in Britain, but the obstetric and sexual sequelae are seen in clinics in areas with large African and Middle Eastern communities. Episiotomies, obstetric tears, and trauma Episiotomies are routinely done to prevent tears in the perineum during labour. Termination of pregnancy Some women feel relieved after a termination, and it has little impact on their psychological wellbeing, but others may feel a deep sense of loss and grief. Possible negative experiences after termination of pregnancy Avoidance, denial, feelings of numbness or worthlessness Anger, tearfulness, depression Dissociation from body, negative thoughts and feelings Recurrent intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, dreams and nightmares Guilt, shame, detachment, loss of positive feelings Suicidal thoughts, feelings of loss of control Psychological problems eating disorders, etc Disinterest in and avoidance of sex, possible vaginismus Symptoms can be immediate, delayed, or chronic.
Sterilisation Women aged over 30 who have completed their family, and especially those who have had problems with contraception, may find that their sexual activity improves after elimination of the possibility of unwanted pregnancies, and they can intercourse as soon as they feel physically comfortable after the operation. Operations for infertility The pressure to perform to a calendar gives rise to many sexual problems for both men and women. Operations for cancer Operations such as hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, and radical vulvectomy can cause major genital mutilation, often producing difficult psychosexual problems.
Minimising psychosexual problems after gynaecological operations for cancer Try to involve the partner Avoid radiotherapy if possible Minimise physical mutilation Preserve ovarian function Reconstruct vagina if possible At follow ups check sexual activity Refer for sexual counselling. Discussing the implications of a gynaecological operation Explain possible risks to sexuality Allow expression of fears, myths, gains, and losses Facilitate communication between partners Help to increase intimacy Genital sex is not the only form of sex Explore other forms of sex and intimacy Offer appropriate support.
Discussion Lady want sex Colon management Before an operation takes place it is essential to discuss with the woman, and preferably with her partner, the full implications of the operation on their sexual life. Open in a separate window. Acknowledgments The manuscript by Salerne and the engraving by Zichy were reproduced with permission of the Bridgeman Art Library.
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