1. Home
  2. Ask the Expert
  3. Questions and Answers  
Main content

Question & Answer

Low Sex Drive and Pain with Intercourse After Hysterectomy | Ask the Expert
Women can live their whole lives with only one ovary and produce enough hormones, but it sounds like you now have become low in hormones and maybe <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/menopause/menopause_perimenopause.page">menopausal</a>. This might have nothing to do with your surgery and could be coincidental, or the surgery could have compromised some of the blood flow to your remaining ovary. There are safe forms of vaginal estrogens to help when women have dry vaginal tissues causing painful sex. This pain is often the reason for a low libido too. You should make an appointment to see your gynecologist and report these symptoms and have a complete exam. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/low_sex_drive_women.page">Low Sex Drive in Women</a><br> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sexual_health/great_sex_midlife.page">Great Sex at Midlife</a><br> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/womens_health/hysterectomy_questions.page">10 Questions to Ask your Doctor Before a Hysterectomy</a><br>
Women's Health,Menopause,

Question:

I had a partial hysterectomy four months ago. My left ovary was damaged so it was removed, leaving only my right. Since the surgery I have had no sex drive. And when I do it’s painful. What can I do?

Answer:

Risa KaganRisa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
Expert
Risa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Kagan is a ACOG board certified gynecologist, certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) and a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.

Women can live their whole lives with only one ovary and produce enough hormones, but it sounds like you now have become low in hormones and maybe menopausal.

This might have nothing to do with your surgery and could be coincidental, or the surgery could have compromised some of the blood flow to your remaining ovary.

There are safe forms of vaginal estrogens to help when women have dry vaginal tissues causing painful sex. This pain is often the reason for a low libido too.

You should make an appointment to see your gynecologist and report these symptoms and have a complete exam.

Read more:
Low Sex Drive in Women

Great Sex at Midlife

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before a Hysterectomy

Ask our experts your health question(s).