You can resume sexual intercourse as soon as you feel physically and mentally ready, taking care to protect your new joint. Many people resume sexual activity between 6 and 8 weeks after surgery, by which time the surgical incision should have healed, and the muscles and ligaments are healing properly. Avoid sexual positions that cause pain.
After hip replacement surgery, try to stick to sexual positions that involve lying on your unaffected side or your back at first. Here are some precautions you can follow for the first 3 months to avoid dislocating your hip during sex:
When lying on your unaffected side, keep the leg on your recently operated side straight or slightly bent
Don’t let your legs cross over
Position pillows to support your foot and leg on your operated side, and to prevent your leg from rolling off the pillows during sex
The back position is suggested for both men and women, as it usually is the most comfortable position immediately after hip replacement
Don’t bend your new hip more than 90 degrees
Keep the toes on your recently operated side in a neutral position
Put 1 or 2 pillows under your thigh on your recently operated side for support and comfort
Move the leg on your recently operated side as little as possible
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