Sex Positions After Joint Replacement

Sex Positions After Joint Replacement

You've had joint replacement surgery, and your healthcare provider has said it's OK to have sex. You may be wondering what positions are safe. These positions should be safe after either a hip or a knee replacement. Try to avoid putting too much pressure on your new joint. Also, take the same care getting out of a position as you did getting into it. If you have had a hip replacement, always keep the joint within a safe range of motion.

For hip replacements

After a hip replacement, be sure the knee on the affected side:

  • Remains level with or below the hip.
  • Does not cross the belly button (the body's midpoint)

Setting the scene

Having sex can be a little easier if you plan ahead. Here are a few tips:

  • Take a mild pain medication about 20 to 30 minutes before sex. This can help prevent minor aches. Avoid taking medication so strong that it masks warning pain.
  • Have pillows and rolled towels nearby. They can be used for body support.
  • Relax. Do a few easy stretches within a safe range of motion.

Special note

If your partner has had a hip replacement:

  • Make sure your partner's provider says it's OK to have sex.
  • Help your partner stay within a safe range of motion.
  • Control the amount and speed of movement during sex.
  • Don't put all your weight on your partner's hips.

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2018

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