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Unread 02-25-2006, 12:02 PM
To Cervix or Not To Cervix, that is the question

There are many things that can give false "positives" in pap smears; birth control pills, medicines and even the testing method itself has proven to be very unreliable and often in error (reporting positives when they are in fact negative).

As far as being shortened vaginally, yes, you are shortened, that's a fact- how much depends on your surgeon and your body. Whether or not that will make a difference for you and your partner depends on not only on your size, but that of your partner's also. The "penis factor" as I like to call it, is often overlooked by the doctors. No one asked me about my partner's size before surgery and when I later complained that he could no longer fit the male doctors told me that couldn't be the problem. Later, a woman doctor exclaimed, after giving me an exam, ". . . not a problem if he's a little man with a teeny weenie!" Which would have been funny if weren't so tragic.

Also, the cervix can contain a bundle of nerves that brings sexual pleasure to many women. I was one of those women who really enjoyed the sensations and I have missed the pleasures of sex every day since my surgery. Make sure you know what brings you pleasure and what you are willing to forego before making your final decision.

My doctor took my cervix without my permission and there was nothing wrong with it. (Actually, there was nothing wrong with anything, but that's another story.) The scary part is that once you are out, they can do whatever they want, so make sure, if you want to keep your cervix, that it is WRITTEN down and signed by you and the doctor before you go under.

Tiva- that doc who told you it's a myth is very outdated, he should read the latest research and see what the real "myths" are. Good for you, sticking to your guns!

Sandies- They have actually filmed the cervix during orgasm (don't ask me how, but I watched the video) and it dips and shudders. There are three kinds of orgasms; deep - which are uterine contractions; cervical- the dips and spasms of the cervix; and clitoral - which is, of course, the clitoris. Many women experience all three in conjunction during orgasm and usually, the uterine and cervical are joint but there are women who only experience clitoral. If you are a woman who only experiences clitoral orgasms, then you may find no change. However, it is common to experience desensitization in the clitoris after hysterectomy so you need to be aware of this risk to your sexuality.

Best wishes,
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Unread 02-27-2006, 11:48 AM
To Cervix or Not To Cervix, that is the question

Yes, there are many pro's and cons to keeping versus removing the cervix, the issue of whether the vagina is shortened being one of them. I hope that doctors will soon stop telling HPV negative women that their risk of cervical cancer is 5 in 100 (5%) when it is actually about 3 in 1000 now and will go down to about 1 in 1000 once the virus for HPV is approved. There may be other reasons for HPV-negative women to have their cervix removed but doctors should inform them that their risk of cervical cancer is very low.

On the other hand, HPV-positive women have a very high risk of cervical cancer and should be made aware that it is very high, so that removal of the cervix for HPV-positive women would be generally advisable.

Unread 02-27-2006, 05:27 PM
To Cervix or Not To Cervix, that is the question

thanks for the info. i guess i just never really thought about how all of this affects me, just that it

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