July 17, 2023

What Happens to Sperm After Hysterectomy?

Many women wonder what happens to sperm after a hysterectomy. The procedure is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus, which is commonly performed for various reasons like endometriosis, cysts, or cancer. Hysterectomy can be a life-saving surgery, but it may also cause changes to a woman's sexual health and experience.

In an article for Prevention, gynecologist Jessica Shepherd shares that it's normal to feel different following a hysterectomy, and it can take up to eight weeks for the pelvic area to heal. However, she stresses that everyone is different and it's important to be patient and listen to your body.

She adds that a common concern among women after a hysterectomy is a decreased libido or increased vaginal dryness. Luckily, she says that these feelings typically go away with time. Shepherd notes that some women may also experience a decrease in orgasm intensity, which is completely normal and could be related to the location of stimulation for this sensation.

In terms of what's actually happening in the body during a hysterectomy, Shepherd says that when the reproductive aspects of a woman are removed, it leaves her with no place to put sperm, so it ends up in her abdominal cavity where it gets expelled along with other fluids from the body. However, she also points out that if a woman chooses to keep her cervix (and this is called a partial hysterectomy), pregnancy is still possible with the help of fertility medications and other treatments like in vitro fertilization.

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