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Unread 05-16-2004, 02:43 PM
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I am home from the castle, doing ok. I had a TVH got to keep ovaries. What I would like to know is. Will I still have to go in for yearly pap smears? I am concerned about ovarian cancer. How will they check for that, if I don't have to have yearly exams? I am now 4 days post op. I have a very empty feeling. Even though I had decided that I did not want any more kids because of the medical problems my son and I both have. It is just do depressing knowing that I will NEVER EVER have any more children. Does not help that every one around me is pregnant or just had a baby. I know the surgery I had, will for the best in the long run. Has any one had this kind of feeling? sorry if i seem like i am being a baby about this. becky
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Unread 05-16-2004, 03:06 PM
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Hi...I was told by my Gyno that I had to still have a yearly pap cuz you can still get cancer of the vagina. I had everything removed, but I will continue to have my paps. It's no big deal. Better safe than sorry! I didn't feel bad at all having my hyst. I definately didn't want any more kids, have 2 and was already it was no big loss for me to have it all out. As a matter of fact...I couldn't wait! I feel great now, almost 1 year post month. I'm on Estrace 2 mg. every day...and so good! Try not to be depressed about it. You have one beautiful child, thank God. I believe everything happens for a reason. Good luck to you!
Unread 05-16-2004, 03:15 PM
To: Rockybear

I agree with Bostonbabe about a yearly pap smear. That is what I also read.

Hey... I have one biological child too. I am 46 and WAY past child-bearing years and the same thoughts came up for me around my surgery.

I can just suggest looking at your son as a very precious one-of-a-kind GIFT!!

I remember calling my daughter (21 years old) after my surgery and telling her how much she meant to me. She was "it" in the baby dept. with my body. that moment I truly realized how special she is.

The child we have in our lives right NOW is more important than thinking about a child we can never have.

And hey...adoption is always a possibility if you want!!

Good Luck.
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Unread 05-16-2004, 04:13 PM
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I had a routine appt. with my regular family doctor recently just to go over things such as my perscriptions, etc. She had me come in because it was time for my yearly, but since I had just had a TAH 6 months prior, she didn't need to do a pap at that time. She told me to come in a see her every year for just a general check-up, and every-other year for a pelvic. She felt every two years was fine since I don't have my cervix anymore so the cancer risk is much smaller. She said she mainly wants to make sure my ovaries are doing OK. She said I didn't need to go to my gyn anymore unless I started having problems with my ovaries. So far they seem to be working fine!

I have 2 biological children and one step-daughter, but my DH and I never had a child of our own. I did feel a slight twinge of regret that we never had a child together and now we for sure aren't going to! But -- I wouldn't have anyway at my age (43). Adoption is even out of the question. I don't want to start over with a baby at this point in my life. I guess it's just normal to have those feelings when you've had something so permanent done to your body. We are all just human after all!!

Take care,


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