I had a hysterectomy several years ago and since then have not had any sexual urge whatsoever. It's tearing me apart. My doctor gave me a prescription for testosterone cream but it's done nothing for me. Please help!
Hysterectomy and Lack of Sexual Urge
Female Sexual Dysfunction: Causes and Risk Factors
You can generally expect a lot of fluctuation in your libido throughout the first year or so of hysterectomy recovery. Much of this is caused by hormone changes, but there are other causes as well. After a few weeks, however, you might experience a strong surge in your libido. These urges may be difficult to fight, but fight them you must until your doctor gives you the OK to resume sexual activity generally no earlier than six weeks. What happens after those first few weeks is somewhat unpredictable.
10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Hysterectomy
Particularly as women approach menopausal age, fluctuations in hormones, including both estrogen and testosterone, have been shown in studies to lead to a decrease in sexual desire and drive. Women undergoing hysterectomies are often concerned about the effects that this will have on loss of libido, due to the changes in hormonal levels that occur as a result of this. In fact, several studies have shown that sexual function is the number one concern of women in the preoperative stage of hysterectomy.
Many women are concerned about the effect that hysterectomy, with or without oophorectomy, will have on sexual response. This is probably an individual response and has not been proved in studies. In addition, if the ovaries are removed, hormone levels drop sharply, and that can affect sexual feelings:.