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Unread 10-07-2004, 01:26 PM
Very personal question

Ladies.
I hope and pray that this isn't too personal and doesn't offend anyone. I am three qeeks post-op tomorrow and was in here reading the very amusing post about the vaginal cuff and got curious. So I went into the bathroom and tried to feel what was going on up in there. I had the wierdest experience. I have no opening. I mean, i do, but, it used to lead to a tunnel, now, it is just all meaty flesh with no obvious path or tunnel at all to anywhere. Not even an inch worth. Is this normal what I am feeling. I left the bathroom feeling nervous and scared. Please help.
Thanks
Pattigo
TAH/BSO 9/17/2004
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Unread 10-07-2004, 01:34 PM
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HI Patti, If you had your cervix removed, the opening that was in the cervix would not be closed up.
I was told by my doctor, nothing in the vagina for 6 weeks. I don't know if you might still be swolled or what, but please be careful about exploring so soon after surgery. It's very easy to introduce bacteria to the area that could cause an infection.
If you think you might have a problem, please call and ask the doctor about it. They can reassure you as to what has been done.
Take care!
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Unread 10-07-2004, 01:57 PM
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Was your cervix removed? I would think that what you felt before that "led to a tunnel" may have been the opening of your cervix.

I had a total vaginal hysterectomy and so my cervix was removed. What you describe sounds like you may have had yours removed, as well.

Just a little encouragement if your cervix was removed....the loss of my cervix has had absolutely no impact on my sex life. My husband nor I miss it a bit!
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Unread 10-07-2004, 02:00 PM
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From what I've been told and read on my surgery report that where the cervix and uterus was removed from My gyn sewed it shut. Also he tacked my bladder on to the vagina so I will not have a prolapsed bladder in the future.
Makes sence to me. I checked it out after I was cleared for sex. I was just a little curious. I could actually feel the incision line and where it had healed close from the stitches.

The dr. can't leave it open to infection. You don't want sperm( if you are sexually involved) floating around in your abdoman.

Sorry, but it is the truth!

Peggy
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Unread 10-07-2004, 03:43 PM
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Not to lecture you, but NOTHING in the vagina, means nothing. So, please, no more exploration. There probably is a lot of post op swelling going on. Absent any pain, bleeding or other discharge, all is probably well.

However, I'm certainly not a doctor and you should ask yours any questions you have and have all concerns addressed.

Happy healing!!!!
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Unread 10-07-2004, 07:32 PM
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First, I just wanted to say that I agree you shouldn't be putting anything in your vagina before 6 weeks. That includes fingers..clean ones too!!

Second, I don't know how anyone can feel their own cervix, or where it used to be. I can understand a doctor feeling it, because he knows what he's looking for. So, if I'm understanding you correctly, you're saying the actual canal feels different. I can't explain that. I haven't felt inside; don't really want to.

I think maybe you're just healing. Give yourself time.
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Unread 10-07-2004, 07:53 PM
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yanno what? i felt that too..and yes ladies i hear ya on the no touchy.it was just a touch at the opening.but i told my boyfreind that nothings wrong with my..umm..outsides..sorry ladies but the DR said 4-6 weeks..so yanno i'm counting down the days for the 4 weeks..hoping i don't get performance anxiety

Roxanne
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Unread 10-08-2004, 01:21 AM
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I figure, today at the doctors, he was able to get a finger up there, feel around, and press on all the surgery incisions, so it's probably all this there. But like the others, I don't intend to check it out myself until I go in for my six week check up.

For the lady that wrote "how can you feel your cervix?" If you still have one (which I now don't) it's at the end of the tunnel, and feels like the tip of your nose. Nobby. As mine prolapsed, it actually was hanging down, almost to the opening, and I could circle it with my finger (which I didn't even know until the morning of my surgery - I wanted to check it out one last time to compare later after surgery. I asked my doctor why my cervix seemed so close to the opening [when I woke up after surgery] and THAT'S when he mentioned it was prolapsed - which I guess makes it even easier to remove. Didn't have to go as far to find it.)
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Unread 10-08-2004, 10:28 AM
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Pattigo,
Don't panic by what you didn't find. I'm sure your anatomy is just fine. When I had my dicussion w/ my dr. yesterday about any length change (which is in a different post) he was also doing a drawing...

He said to picture the vagina as a capital letter 'H' . The horizontal line of the H is actually where the top and bottom wall of the vagina rest together - until something is placed inside it, then it looks more like a capital 'O' as the walls are pushed apart.

Are you following me here? That's what their speculum is doing when they do the pelvic exam - moving the top and bottom walls apart so they can view the vaginal canal, cervix/or vaginal cuff. (It doesn't look like a canal until the walls are moved apart. (except maybe at the very opening)

Like the other sisters said, you are probably still swollen and the vaginal walls are just together. Another factor might have been the position you were in during your self exam. Anyway, try not to worry and like all the sisters have said...nothing goes there yet.

Beth
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