Sexual function after a total hip replacement
Will I be able to resume sexual relations now that my hip has been replace?
Most patients are able to resume safe and enjoyable intercourse after hip replacement. The hip pain and stiffness that was noted before surgery will disappear, and you will find your hip to be pain-free and have better motion. However, it may take several weeks before you are comfortable with you new hip.
When can I resume sexual intercourse?
Generally it is safe to resume intercourse in about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. This will allow time for the incision and muscles around your hip to heal. This topic can be addressed at your 6-week follow-up appointment with your surgeon. Please ask if sexual activity can be resumed and which position(s) are the safest.
What positions are safe for me during intercourse?
Total hip replacement precautions need to be observed during all activities of daily living, including sexual intercourse. Your surgeon, nurse and your physical therapist will instruct you on the precautions that you should follow for everyday activities.
Most patients, male and female, prefer to resume intercourse in a passive manner in the “bottom” position. This position requires less energy. As your hip heals you may take a more active role.