Sex After Robotic Hysterectomy

How long should I wait before having sex after robotic hysterectomy?

Recovery times vary, but our surgeons say you should wait 6 weeks before having sex.  Your doctor will gently check you at 6 weeks to make sure your vagina has fully healed.

Will I have a decrease in sexual desire?

You may, if your ovaries have been removed. Hormone replacement therapy can help with this. If you still have your ovaries after surgery,  sexual desire should not be affected.

What if vaginal dryness is a problem during sex after hysterectomy?

Estrogen creams (by prescription) or over-the-counter lubricants can help. Robotic hysterectomy greatly reduces the risk of damage to the nerves of the vagina, which control lubrication.

Sex After Other Types of Hysterectomy

If you have had a vaginal hysterectomy or abdominal surgery, you may  need a longer period of recovery and abstinence. The reason is recovery time is greatly reduced after minimally invasive robotic hysterectomy, compared to other types of hysterectomy.

Interested in learning about what other patients have experienced after robotic surgery? Click here to see how women have experienced robotic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.