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Keeping cervix provide support? Keeping cervix provide support?

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Unread 12-26-2005, 08:16 AM
Keeping cervix provide support?

Thanks for the info on the paps. I can handle that--just didn't want to go every 3 months!
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Unread 01-04-2006, 05:00 PM
Keeping cervix provide support?

Please get tested for the high risk strains of HPV before making your decision of whether to remove the cervix- if you don't have HPV, then your chances of cervical cancer are very, very small and you'd be a good candidate for keeping your cervix. If you do have HPV, you would lean towards having it removed.

Both the cervix and the uterus have ligaments attached to them that connect to other organs- thus the cervix-uterus analogy of looking like a balloon is not really correct- a better one might be if you pushed away the dirt of a flower with a bulb on it, and would see the roots off the stem and the bulb connecting to the earth. In the same way, the cervix and uterus have ligaments that connect to the body.

Thus, the more that is removed of the cervix, the more ligaments that have to be cut away in addition to the ligaments that were cut away to remove the uterus (which is one very good argument for ablation- in that only the inside rather than the outside of the uterus is removed in that procedure).

It is of course impossible to do a clinical trial to determine whether the cervix truly is helpful in pelvic support because women would always want to choose, but when compared to a flower, it does make intuitive sense that it would.

If you don't know about the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer, please read my previous posts, or ask a followup question, as it is very important to be tested for HPV before making a decision about whether to have the cervix removed.
Unread 01-04-2006, 05:19 PM
Keeping cervix provide support?

Nothing was wrong with my cervix and I was a good candiate for LSH so I kept it. I am very happy so far. I just could not see removing something that was causing me no problems. Good luck and happy researching.

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