Hey Screaming! As others have said, this is a big issue on both sides. I had to have an emergency total (ovaries and everything) hysterectomy at age 19. What was amazing to me was how quick my sex drive was gone, it was instantaneous. I was a virgin until I was 25 so it wasn't really a big issue at first, but as the years went by and I got married, it began to be a huge issue. Because my endometriosis was so severe, the docs advised me against going on HRT(hormone replacement therapy), and I listened to them. For many years I dealt with all the problems that women in menopause have to deal with. For some reason, after being diagnosed with my auto-immune disease I decided to start HRT(this would have been in 2002). I have to be on a very small dose so the improvements are limited but they allow me to enjoy sex again on a small scale.
I, on my own, have no iniative. I will start intimacy for my husband's sake and once we get going, my body responds. Not like it did when I was intact, but enough that with a little work on my part and we can have a pretty normal sex life. about a year ago my PCP wanted me to start anti-depressants. I had never taken any med like that before but decided to give it a try. I noticed no mood changes, but boy, it killed off what little sexual response I had left. I didn't realize how much the HRT was helping. Talk about nothing. No drive, no response, nothing. I couldn't even pretend to be into it, it was horrible. I went off of them immediately.
My PCP also wanted me off HRT and I tried that once and again lost every bit of interest. I told her it was not worth it. My husband deserves what little I can give him and even though HRT has it's problems, right now while we are still young enough to enjoy it, I am staying on it!
My biggest problem now is movement. I am in so much pain and trying to roll around and be frisky is not an option. Feeling like I am an 80 year old as I try and roll over certainly kills the mood!! I so hope your surgery will be successful and you will be able to return to your full glory!
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 11/19/2009 7:20:51 AM (GMT-7)