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Unread 02-23-2007, 05:52 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

Why do some people keep their cervix and others have their removed? What is the benefit of keeping it? I know the risk of cervical cancer is obviously removed if you have it taken out, but I am wondering why some opt to keep theirs. I didn't even know it was an option.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 06:09 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

Hi Iowagal,
I think it really depends on the type of surgery and the Doctor doing it. I had a TVH so had mine out due to her going through it to get to the uterus. I have also heard that some have mini periods when it is left in. I kept my ovaries so no hrt is needed and nothing was wrong with them. I would check with your Dr. and see what they want to do and what is best for you. Hope this helps some. Have a nice evening.
Unread 02-23-2007, 06:13 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

I kept my cervix and ovaries. My dr told me I could if I wanted to because I have always had normal pap smears. You will still have to go for an annual pap smear. Basically my dr said the cervix is near the bladder so by keeping it less chance of a problem with the bladder (I ended up having my uterus attached to my bladder anyway) and some women on other posts have said it may help with sexual feelings. I am only 2 1/2 weeks post op so cannot say much about that. Good luck with everything.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 06:33 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

A 2006 study shows that there is no benefit to retaining the cervix. You can read more about it here:

Total Versus Sub-Total Hysterectomy

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy which means my cervix was removed. Because I never was really “aware” of my cervix before my surgery, losing it made no difference to me.

Others, who had a different type of surgery and retained their cervix, claim that keeping it has been a benefit to them. However, since they have never experienced life without a cervix, they have nothing with which to compare it. Perhaps they would also be pleased with their surgical results if their cervix had been removed.

If you are a patient who has a choice whether or not to keep your cervix, I hope that, in partnership with your doctor, you choose the option that ends up being the best one for you.

Many s and Best Wishes,
Unread 02-23-2007, 08:59 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

Hi Iowagal,

I kept my cervix with my hyst.

I was a good candidate to keep my cervix since I had normal pap smears for years and my cervix was sturdy. My Dr. listed the same reasons as PoconoWoman's Dr. did for keeping the cervix. I am still pleased with my decision.

Here is a Hyster Sisters link that goes over the cervix:

Sending best wishes~

Unread 02-24-2007, 03:43 AM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

I agree with the points related to pap test results driving the removal of the cervix with an abdominal hysterectomy.

The decision to remove mine was based upon a history of bad paps in the past and prior leep surgery. Even though my pap was normal at the time of my hysterectomy, it came out.

My doctor's attitude was anything that was healthy and had not given problems in the past stayed, but if we had prior issues, out it came. Hence my TAH, I kept both ovaries because they looked healthy when the doctor was in performing the surgery. I did tell him that if anything looked potentially odd about the ovaries that I wanted them removed. I woke up with both of them still in there.
Unread 02-24-2007, 06:34 AM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

my dr wanted mine out because of endless years of abdominal pain. i had everything else out and he was afraid if he kept cervix even the ligaments holding it could cause me pain-he also said some women say there is some sexual pleasure associated with it and i was scared to have it removed, but post TAH, i know i still have plenty of feelings
Unread 02-24-2007, 10:45 AM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

I kept my cervix and am very pleased that I did. I am glad I never had to worry about issues with the vaginal cuff that many woment discuss on the post op boards. Not everyone has the choice to keep it. It has to go if you have a vaginal hyst and it is unlikely you should keep it if you have had an abnormal pap or if you are at high risk of cervical cancer, have endo or adeno or any type of prolapse. My issue was just fibroids so that is why I kept it. I didnt agree with removing a healthy organ just to avoid problems later on and removing the cervix does not actually guarantee that you will not get cervical cancer as some cervical tissues can remain. Also there is vaginal vault cancer which can go undetected in women who do not have paps following the removal of the cervix. I am afraid that like everything else with this surgery it is something you need to research and discuss with your doctor to make the right dcision for your particular circumstances. Good luck and I hope you make the right choice for you.
Unread 02-24-2007, 04:20 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

My dr. said that I should have my cervix out, but that is because I need the TAH to stop abnormal vaginal bleeding. His quote was 6% of women who leave the cervix still have a mini period. So for me, it's the only surefire way to stop the bleeding. I think the reason for your hysterectomy is probably the biggest indication of whether to keep your cervix. I would ask your dr. specifically why he's choosing to keep/remove all of the organs involved.
Unread 02-24-2007, 05:00 PM
Keeping cervix vs. removing cervix

My doc said almost the exact same thing that PinkMonkey's doc told her. No more bleeding was high priority to help control the anemia.

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