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A 37-year-old member asked:

Why does wife say she has to wait 6wks to have sex after a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Hyst healing.: You don't want her vagina to rip open and her bowel to come out her vagina. Wait the six weeks!
Dr. Janis Fee
Dr. Janis Fee commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
I agree. It can happen. Don't worry, the vagina usually will heal fine and all will be good in that department. BUT even at 6-10 weeks... GENTLE!
Jun 5, 2014
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Opening of wound: Dr. Vanko's answer may sound dramatic, but vaginal penetration before the vagina has fully healed can cause the incision at the top of the vagina to open and intestine to slip into the vagina. I saw this in our emergency room last week.
Dr. Howard Schreiber
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I agree
May 14, 2015

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long after your hysterectomy do you have to wait to have sex?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
6 weeks: The usual recommendation is to avoid vaginal intercourse, or anything in the vagina for 6 weeks. This allows the stitches at the top of the vagina to heal properly. Clitoral stimulation, if it is comfortable, is safe before 6 weeks. Orgasm, because it causes contraction of pelvic muscles, may pull on healing tissue and might be uncomfortable in the weeks after pelvic surgery.

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