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Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix? Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?

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Unread 10-19-2005, 09:31 PM
Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?

Hi sisters,
I have some Major concerns at the moment which are REALLY BOTHERING me and, to be honest, scaring me.
I had a T.A.H/BSO and removal of the cervix when I was 22. After about 20 or so ops.
I had endometreosis, adhesions, bowel obstructions, the "Works." And STILL have today.
When I had my hysterectomy, my gyno was not very informative, basically, all I was told was that I would be out of pain, and that I wouldn't have a period anymore. I was not informed of ANYTHING, he didn't tell me he was removing my ovaries and what that meant, and he certainly did not tell me anything about menopause, or surgical menopause.
After the op, I still wasn't told anything, and for 3 years I went without any H.R.T. as no doctor picked up that I was menopausal. After that, I had to start finding things out for myself.
I am now worse than I was when this all started, have been given nothing but estrogen for the past 11 or so years, with no breaks, and no other hormones.
This has caused my adhesions and the endo to flare back up again, and I am going to hospital usually a couple of times a year with bowel obstructions. The pain just seems to be getting worse, to the point where I don't think I can handle much more of this.
Now, after reading through some posts, I saw a couple of ladies talking about pap smears after having the same ops. I was told that I did not need to have pap smears, as I did not have a cervix, so therefore can not get cervical cancer...
DO I NEED TO HAVING THESE??? And for what???
I would appreciate any help I can get on any of my issues, as I have only got a g.p. looking after me at present, and he is only treating the symptoms, and giving me large doses of VERY STRONG pain meds. I am not happy with this, but feel tied to him now, as I have developed a need for the medication...
There has to be a better way.
ANY feedback would be greatly appreciated.. thank-you ladies.
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Unread 10-20-2005, 12:33 AM
Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?


I m so sorry that you have been through so much and are still suffering. I was told that I do not need Pap smears after TAH/BSO and cervix removal.

Unread 10-20-2005, 01:19 AM
Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?

This is controversial at the moment. My DR has continued to do annual smears (they're now called vaginal vault smears), because it is still possible to get cancer of the vaginal vault even after the cervix is removed.

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Unread 10-20-2005, 04:01 AM
Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?

Hi there
I agree with Linda. A case in point is a lady who works with me, she also had TAH (cervix removed) - her gynae continued to do "pap" smears and .... he picked up she had vaginal cancer, so, from my point of view, rather safe than sorry, insist your doctor performs the smear at least once a year. My GP also said not necessary, but I insisted and he did one. Its your body. Look after it as YOU want.
Unread 10-21-2005, 08:09 PM

Thank-you so very much to you lovely ladies out there who answered me..... S to you.
I had no idea that any of this sort of thing could happen, I was told I didn't need pap smears anymore! It makes me that we, as women are not informed of this!!!
I will be changing my doctor, and getting them now...(I HAVE NOT HAD ONE IN OVER 15 YEARS)
I don't know what I would do without this wonderful site, and you beautiful women out there with the answers that no doctors (that I know of) seem to know.
Thank-you so very much, I feel so left in the dark about sooooo many things.
Thanks again happyzone, sugarbabe, and jeanarie.
ANY feedback I can get, I really appreciate, as I feel sooo LEFT BEHIND, AND SO MISINFORMED.

Unread 10-21-2005, 08:31 PM
Do I need regular pap smears after T.A.H./BSO & removal of cervix?

Radical: I really hope you find a good dr to help you. I believe you need a dr that knows about endo for sure! Pain meds and estrogen are not a long term solution for you! The estrogen is only feeding your endo. And any endo around or in your bowel will cause bowel problems. My endo is on my bowel walls and causes my IBS to flare up when it is that time of the month (I still have my ovaries). There are many ladies on this site from Austrailia, so maybe one of them knows your area and can guide you to an endo specialist and a good g.p. I can not imagine my family dr ever just continually perscribing pain meds without sending me to a specialist to find a solution to my problem. For that matter, my gyn wouldn't continually perscribe pain meds either! He would either figure out what to do for me or send me to another specialist!

I wish you the best and pray you find some medical professionals to help you. I am so sorry your drs have not been what you needed and have not really helped you.

Oh, I had a LAVH and my gyn still does an annual pap.
Unread 10-22-2005, 08:06 PM

Thank-you Weiser for your advice and concern.
My g.p. gave up giving me tests years ago!!! And he has had me on these pain meds on and off for years... now I have been on them for about 3 or 4 years, with no break.
I am at a loss at what to do and where to turn.
I've never even heard of an endo specialist!!! That's how much help I am getting!!!
The trouble I have in finding a new g.p. is that, because the one I'm with now (and have been for years) has treated me with these pain meds, no other doctor is willing to take me on as a new patient.
I feel stuck to this g.p. as I am on such high doses of these medications, and I know I just can't stop them on my own.
He hasn't sent me for another opinion in years, and I feel like a fool for listening to him in the first place!
But I thought he knew what he was doing....when will I ever learn???
I will be looking for a new g.p. and getting this all sorted out...I've only had 1 bone density test, one mammogram and one ultrasound (breast) this whole time (about 15 years!) and NO pap smears. But thanks to you wonderful ladies, that will be changing.
I really don't know what I would do without the support of this fantastic web-site, and you wonderful women out there...GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
s RADICAL. xxx

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