Sex after Joint Replacement

Sex after Joint Replacement

Many people have questions about resuming sexual activity after joint replacement surgery.  In general, most people are able to return to sexual activity after their surgery. However, this depends on:

  • Your surgeon’s recommendations.
  • How comfortable you feel, physically and mentally.
  • Your ability to remember to follow your movement and activity restrictions to protect your new joint.

You should always

  • Communicate with your partner. Let them know what is most comfortable or if you have pain.
  • Make sure you are in a comfortable position. You may find pillows helpful to assist with positioning.
  • Avoid sudden movements, use caution.


  • There are other ways to enjoy sex other than intercourse such as holding hands, touching, hugging and kissing.
  • Healing takes time!

After hip joint replacement surgery, you must remember:

  • Do not bend your hip > 90 degrees.
  • Do not cross your legs.
  • Do not twist your leg too far in or out.

After knee joint replacement surgery, you should only kneel if it is comfortable to do so and on a soft, padded surface, avoiding prolonged or repetitive kneeling.

Download the printable Sex After Joint Replacement PDF booklet with safe male and female positions after joint replacement.