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I am going to have monarch hammock surgery and would like to know how my sex drive will be after its done.....my husband and I have never had a problem but everything that I'm reading says the opposite.....HELP



Dear Kay,

The operation is designed to reduce urinary leakage.

The Monarc Subfascial Hammock™ or 'Tension-free obturator tape involves placing a narrow strip of mesh inside the pelvic region of a woman's body, and drawing it up to create a hammock that cradles the urethra.

It is a minimally invasive treatment option for female patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Initial recovery for the Monarc is 2-3 weeks with full recovery taking 3-4 months; the procedure has a very high success rate and a very low complication rate.

Monarc and MiniArc are designed to reduce recovery time. While you should avoid sexual intercourse, heavy lifting, and exercise for approximately four to six weeks following your procedure, you can often return to other normal, non-strenuous activities in a short time.

Urological experts say some women may experience discomfort with sexual intercourse after the procedure.

According to doctors Annette Kuhn, Fiona Burkhard, Caroline Eggemann and Michael D. Mueller, sexual function in patients with de novo Dyspareunia is likely to improve after sling removal but not in all domains. Bladder function may deteriorate. Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse, due to medical or psychological causes. The symptom is reported almost exclusively by women.

According to doctors C. Giberti, F. Gallo, P. Cortese and M. Schenone, the results of a study after a mean follow-up of two years of Transobturator Tape for Treatment of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence were seventy patients (64.8%) had no pain during sexual intercourse.

Numerous nonsexual diseases, like dyspareunia (pain during sex) can affect desire for sex.

You can see more information at:

Bladder sling surgery

Monarc sling procedures

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