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Life in Motion

Returning to Sexual Activity after a Joint Replacement

Health & Prevention, Joint Health

It is very common for patients to wonder when it is safe to return to sexual activity after a joint replacement. We encourage patients to talk to their surgeon or a member of their care team about returning to any physical activity, including sex. While this can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, it is important to set realistic expectations and learn how to safely return to sexual activity while avoiding potential complications. Here, David Mattingly, MD, Clinical Chair of Orthopedics and Surgeon in Chief at NEBH, discusses the timeline and some precautions to take.

Exactly when you can resume sex after a joint replacement varies for each patient. Depending on your condition, you may be able to resume sexual activity within several days or weeks after surgery. Talk to your surgeon before your surgery so you have an idea of what you can expect.

When you are given the greenlight to resume sex, the basic recommendation is to avoid extremes of motion and stop if you experience pain.

If you experience any type of persistent pain in your new joint during or after sex, talk to your surgeon.

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