Women who suffer from prolapse often experience uterus pain, which can make sex incredibly uncomfortable or even impossible. One of the many benefits of prolapse repair surgery is that it alleviates pain, allowing you to regain your sex life and rekindle intimacy between you and your partner. However, it can be daunting having sex for the first time after surgery. Here are a few tips that will help you to regain your confidence and enjoy a pain free love life.
Wait for at least two weeks after prolapse repair surgery
We recommend to all our patients that they wait at least two weeks before having intercourse after their surgery. This allows time for the body to heal; bruising will have dissipated, internal sutures will have healed and any swelling will have gone down by this point. However, it is important that you do not resume intercourse until you feel comfortable. If you are still experiencing any discomfort, do not rush into having sex.
Don’t worry that you will damage the sacrohysteropexy mesh
During sacrohysteropexy surgery a very fine mesh is used to support the uterus. This mesh does not break down and is designed to remain in the body permanently, attached to the back of your cervix and your tailbone. Some women may worry that intercourse can damage the mesh, and this can put them off having sex. However, the mesh is incredibly robust and cannot be damaged, and the operation will not need to be re-done at any point in the future. As a result, you can continue to enjoy a normal, healthy sex life.
Take it slow
If you experienced uterus pain before having prolapse repair surgery, you may feel daunted by the idea of sex because you associate it with pain. If you’re feeling tense, your pelvic floor muscles could also become tense and make penetration uncomfortable. Take your time and concentrate on being intimate with your partner without any pressure to have intercourse. If you feel relaxed your body will relax with you, and when the time is right for full intercourse you will not experience any pain or discomfort.
If you have any other questions about prolapse repair surgery, please contact us for help.