We often talk about reasons to have joint replacement surgery. Common reasons to have knee or hip replacement include difficulty walking, exercising, or sleeping. Pain may interfere with activity, and restricted mobility may limit what you can do. But we don’t often talk about sex. And the truth is, severe hip arthritis and knee arthritis can have a significant effect of sex life, and may limit people’s sexual happiness.
To answer the question about how much arthritis impacts sex life, researchers asked 147 patients who were scheduled to have knee replacement or hip replacement surgery about their sex life. The study, presented at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Chicago, asked patients before and after their surgery about their sex life, and came up with the following findings:
- 2/3 of patients have significant problems with sex before surgery because of their arthritic joint. The most common problems were joint pain, lack of mobility, and loss of libido.
- 90% of patients reported psychological issues related to their joint problem, including over 50% who had a poor sexual self image.