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Libido after laparasocopy and removal of endometrial tissue?

Hi all, I'm definitely new here and went looking for answers to some questions. I have a lot but I didn't see if anyone had talked about this specifically yet, forgive me if this is a needless discussion!

Has having your endometrial tissue cauterized/removed/etc. caused a somewhat sudden increase of libido for anyone here? Pain during insertion of tampons or attempted intercourse is honestly what led to my endometriosis diagnosis. But this isn't libido in terms of an oh-I'm-excited-to-see-if-the-pain-is-gone-now way. I've felt consistently just, slowly more horny since my surgery almost 2 weeks ago and it's kind of annoying! Not complaining but my lover is currently in a different country, haha. I'm wondering if this is normal, or people meant that endometriosis decreases your libido only because sex is painful- that's what I always assumed.

I'm 21 and learning that I've probably had endo since I would have started to develop a libido, in my teens. I was a late bloomer compared to some folks. I've started to wonder if I wouldn't really have a good frame of reference if endo has always impacted my libido, chemically or something and I don't know what it was supposed to be like.

  1. Yes! I don't know if it was due to the hormonal changes or because I had gotten an IUD, but right after I was a sexy time maniac! It was a massive increase, since then I tried a different hormonal treatment and am no back on BC so it seems to have evened out. But originally it was a massive sudden increase.

    1. That's really interesting that you noticed that effect. Thank you so much for sharing that! If I may ask, did you mention it to your physician? Had they also noticed or heard about an increase in libido after IUD/BC? 💛 Kayleigh, team

    2. Thanks for responding and sorry for the late reply! A few months later and my libido has also somewhat leveled out. I say somewhat because most of the time it's back to normal, but when I do have a surge of it it's way more intense than anything I ever experienced before the cauterization. Been on birth control since I was 18, so no change for me there. When I mentioned it to my gynecologist at the follow up, she admitted she didn't have a solid answer for whether it was definitely because of the endo. But she said it's not impossible- that it wasn't beyond the realm of belief for endo to affect our hormones and other chemical messaging systems. Especially since new stuff is in the process of being discovered about this condition. Thanks again for responding because I did see your reply early on and forgot to check back in, but it made me feel a lot better to see someone else say they could relate.

  2. I wanted to pop by here and welcome you to the community first and foremost. You must have a million things running through your head as you are learning about endometriosis. I hope you know that you have the support of the entire community while on this journey. If you ever need to vent, need support, or even just talk to people that get what life with endo is like, we got your back here. I haven't personally experienced what you mentioned above but I can say this - endometriosis affects everyone so uniquely. The way it interacts with the body is so different from person to person. I think you made a great first step in sharing your experience here to see if others have experienced the same thing. While I have heard more from the side of endometriosis decreasing libido, it's possible it can have the opposite effect. Have you discussed this with your physician dear, warrior? I'd be curious to hear what their thoughts are on it all. 💛 Kayleigh, team

    1. Thanks Kayleigh!! I appreciate the warm welcome. I did bring it up to my gynecologist at my follow up about a week or so later after making this post (love my gyn, she's been of huge help since I started having problems as a teenager). She was up front about not being able to say anything solid to confirm that the endo was causing this for me, but she also said she didn't think it was beyond the realm of belief. She brought up how there's still new things being learned about this condition, and it already seems to mess with our chemical messaging systems in different ways.

    2. wanted to chime in and welcome you to the community! Happy to have you here and we hope that you know you can reach out to us anytime you need. But it is so awesome to hear that you love your GYN. When we find that one good doctor who listens and is honest with us, it certainly can make a hard situation, a bit better. I am seeing a new GYN in October and I am hoping and praying for that kind of relationship too! But it is definitely interesting about what you learned and what your doctor said bout it all. For me personally, my libido has decreased - but I honestly cannot say 100% if it is from endometriosis as I have other thing going on. I know my hormone levels are just crazy so that is definitely a culprit as well. It is amazing to me how different our bodies are though and how certain things can cause one thing for someone, but something different for others! Sending you big hugs. Like I said, please reach out anytime you have a question or just need to chat, here for you! <3 -Kimberli (team member)

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