The Effect of Hysterectomy on Sexual Response and Sexual IdentityWritten by James Brann, MD
The effect of hysterectomy on sexual response and sexual identity is mixed. Most woman go on to have a normal sex life, some have a heightened response , while others are less able to have a sexual response following hysterectomy due to their perceived loss of femininity. Some women may notice a change in their sexual response after uterus has been removed, uterine contractions that may have been associated with orgasm will no longer be perceived. Other women may experience a heightened response. This may be due to fact that they no longer have to worry about getting pregnant and no longer have tremendous pain or dysfunctional bleeding.
If ovaries are not removed, outer genitals and vagina are not affected and remain lubricated with sexual response. If ovaries are removed at time of hysterectomy, vaginal dryness may be a problem during sexual intercourse. Vaginal dryness can be helped with use of estrogen cream.
During hysterectomy vaginal tissue is removed and may make vagina shorter. Deep thrusting during intercourse may be painful. Changing positions during intercourse may help, such as being on top or bringing your legs closer together.
Recently interest in supracervical hysterectomies (where cervix is not removed at time of hysterectomy) has grown out of speculation that women might enjoy better sexual function after hysterectomy when cervix is left in place. A new study has found there is no difference in sexual function or quality of life when a supracervical hysterectomy is performed instead of a total abdominal hysterectomy.
Networking Tips for Moms At HomeWritten by Demetria Zinga
Plenty of moms today stay at home. After a year of battling decision to quit my job, I finally “put my foot down”, as they say, and returned home to raise my daughter. It wasn’t easiest decision, but, let me tell you, it sure wasn’t toughest! I enjoy every minute of being home to raise my child. Furthermore, being home has done wonders for my family as a unit, and drawn us closer together. When I was working my full time job I barely had time to prepare a decent meal. But today? I’m a health nut, and so is whole family (ha)!
But now, there’s another dilemma.
Being a stay at home mom has not affected my personality, of course, so I still have a lot of creative energy pent up inside! I thought to myself one day, “what better way to use this energy than to work towards a goal—perhaps start a business?” Not only would it bring in a nice supplementary income for my family, but having a business (or craft or hobby) would enhance my creative skills and strengthen my business expertise. I call it project of my lifetime.
The first thing I did was a little soul searching to seek God’s direction for type of business or project He would have me to embark on. I realized right away that although my personality was suited for several types of business ventures (selling crafts, designing websites, or providing secretarial services), I would soon either have to narrow it down to one choice, or start a business that combined all or most of my skills and interests. For me, choosing right business was hardest part. Once I settled on freelance web design and writing, it soon became my ultimate goal to find out as much as possible about these particular industries. In my thought, education and information is what separates amateurs from professionals. My goal was to be a professional in my field. This is where networking is highly important.
If you’re like me, internet is probably one of very best tools you can use for research. Not only is it a few feet away from me as I embark on my daily chores, but I keep my computer on at all times. Thankfully, we are using a broadband connection and can stay online 24/7 without having to worry about tying up phone line. This, I should stress, is very important for moms who have businesses that require them to be online quite often, but who will need access to phone as well. Once online, I begin my networking research by going to a search engine. My favorite one is Google (www.google.com) just because of its enormous searching capabilities. As a former library assistant, I can attest that Google is highly recommended in academic and librarianship fields. I search for information in my fields using as many search terms and combination of terms as possible. With each result that I feel is important to me, I visit its webpage and bookmark it for future reference. Once I’ve bookmarked a bunch of pages, I go through each of these websites and study them, taking notes on what I feel is important to me in my field.