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Unread 08-03-2006, 03:04 PM
Just wondering?

Hello, I will be asking alot of questions until I get my surgery. Spoke with my OB/GYN last night and he said everything will have to be removed including my cervix, because I have had abnormal paps before. Does anyone have suggestions for me? Is this a good thing to have removed also? I have not had an abnormal pap for several years, just PCOS and major pain. I'm 35 soon to be 36 in a day. Will that change my sex life? My sex drive has been down since I'm having alot of pelvic pain again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Unread 08-03-2006, 03:45 PM
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That is how pap smears were for the last year they all came abnormal. I had a liitle over a week to prepare for my surgery. My dr told that it had to be done now. Which I'm glad it was done like that cause when they dr came out he told my family he got to just in time. I had everything removed except my ovaries. My sex life is better now. I know longer have the pain or discomfort I had. So, I can say that it is better then before. Just hang in there everything will be fine and remember that we are all here for you.
Unread 08-03-2006, 03:53 PM
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While everyone's condition and experiences are different..I will say that I had my cervix removed and I am doing great.
I really do not miss it. Sex is fine (actully better because for the first time in 5 years I have no pain!)
The recovery is, at its worst, uncomfortable. But, my decision was a good one for me.
However, please ask your doctor for the specific reason for removing your cervix. I had a series of abnormal paps some years ago and my endo also called for removal of my cervix to decrease the chances of reoccurance.
Ask your doc, please dont agree to any part of the surgery unless you feel comfy with it and UNDERSTAND why its being done.
Good luck to you!
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Unread 08-03-2006, 05:05 PM
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I can tell you your life will change and your sex life will change - all for the better. I am 37 and suffered through PCOS from age 12, and I have never felt better than since I had my hyst - and that is with having chemo! I also had my cervix removed, I would suggest start Kegal exercises now and continue them as soon as your doctor ok's it - they will help with bladder control. I wish you such good luck and will keep you in my prayers for safe smooth healing.
TAH/BSO Stage IIC Ovarian Cancer, PCOS, Uterine Fibroid
Unread 08-04-2006, 12:16 AM
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I'm one week post-op and thus far I can't tell that anything has changed regarding my cervix and my libido. No matter how hard I clench or bear down, I can't detect any internal differences, which I find amazing and heartening.
Unread 08-04-2006, 05:22 PM
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I'm not even cleared for sex yet, but even our "outercourse" is better than our old sex life was. I think my cervix caused a lot of pain. I also had abnormal paps - but not for 5 years - and they found a lot of abnormalities when they removed my cervix. Also, a number of women on the post-op board have to have a SECOND surgery to remove their cervix when they didn't have it removed the first time.

I would definitely ask a lot of questions, do a lot of research and go with what your instincts tell you. All I can give is my personal experience. Now I have a better sex life (even though it's just outercourse so far!), I don't have to worry about cancer, 90% of my abdominal pain is gone (my surgeon said my pain was coming from my cervix and not my uterus). For me it was an excellent decision to remove my cervix.

Also forgot - you will likely still have "mini-periods" if you keep your cervix. Why go through all the trouble of a hyst if you still have to have periods after?!

Go with your instincts and you'll be fine.
Unread 08-04-2006, 10:21 PM
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Hi, about removal of the cervix, as was suggested in other posts, every surgery is unique and individualized. So if you do not totally understand why you should have your cervix removed, if you still do not see the benefits of it after speaking with your doctor, then may I suggest that you need to speak to the doctor again, and ask questions and make sure the doctor explains it in language you understand, and that it is explained to your satisfaction, and until you feel you can make an informed decision. This is your body, your decision, and not one you can take back after surgery, so you must make sure you are comfortable with the decision and fully understand it. Do not for a second worry about asking the doctor again, that is part of their job to make sure their patient is fully informed. By the way I am having my surgery TAH Aug 23rd and I will be having my cervix removed r/t painful intercourse and endometriosis, for me there was no hesitation, but I am a nurse and I understand alot about my condition. I also understand a patient's rights.
I think you will feel better when you get all the answers you need. Take care of yourself
Unread 08-05-2006, 08:33 PM
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I want to say thank you to all! This site has been great for me. I'm going on vacation hoping for some R&R with a little less pain? When I come back I will have my surgery date and will be asking a bunch more questions. Thanks again )

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