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.
Please click here for a printable booklet with safe male and female positions after joint replacement.