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Loss of Sex Drive After Hysterectomy | Ask the Expert
If you had a hysterectomy but they did not remove your ovaries, it is not likely that your lower sexual desire is related to your hysterectomy. The issue of taking female hormones would be relevant if you had both ovaries removed at the time of your hysterectomy. However, lower sexual desire issues are not uncommon for women in all age groups for many reasons. There are some medical options to help a woman with decreased sexual desire issues. The two most common medication recommendations include: 1) Compounded testosterone cream at a dose anywhere from 2 mg to 20 mg, by transdermal application; and 2) Wellbutrin - an antidepressant medication that helps stimulate the dopamine receptors in the brain - the pleasure center. This medication has helped pick up libido for some women. Alternative non-medication options include having romantic dates, using the stimulation of erotic films or movies, and lots of foreplay for the woman! <strong>Read more:</strong> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/low_sex_drive_women.page">Low Sex Drive in Women</a> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/maintaining_passion.page">Maintaining Passion and Intimacy in Your Relationship</a> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/couples_exercise_for_intimacy.page">Couples Exercises for Building Intimacy</a>
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I’m 30 and had a partial hysterectomy 4 years ago. Since then I rarely want to have sex. My partner and I had sex at least once a day and now I find myself giving in or having sex out of guilt. I'm worried about taking hormones because of weight gain.

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Christine Sullivan, PhD, RN, CNMChristine Sullivan, PhD, RN, CNMWomen’s Health, Obstetrics, Gynecology, MenopauseSutter Amador Hospital
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Christine Sullivan, PhD, RN, CNMWomen’s Health, Obstetrics, Gynecology, MenopauseSutter Amador Hospital

Christine has been an advanced practice nurse for over 30 years. She is an experienced nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner.

If you had a hysterectomy but they did not remove your ovaries, it is not likely that your lower sexual desire is related to your hysterectomy. The issue of taking female hormones would be relevant if you had both ovaries removed at the time of your hysterectomy. However, lower sexual desire issues are not uncommon for women in all age groups for many reasons.

There are some medical options to help a woman with decreased sexual desire issues. The two most common medication recommendations include: 1) Compounded testosterone cream at a dose anywhere from 2 mg to 20 mg, by transdermal application; and 2) Wellbutrin - an antidepressant medication that helps stimulate the dopamine receptors in the brain - the pleasure center. This medication has helped pick up libido for some women.

Alternative non-medication options include having romantic dates, using the stimulation of erotic films or movies, and lots of foreplay for the woman!

Read more:
- Low Sex Drive in Women
- Maintaining Passion and Intimacy in Your Relationship
- Couples Exercises for Building Intimacy

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