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Unread 02-03-2008, 08:49 AM
A Stupid Question

I know this is going to sound stupid, but do I have a vaginal cuff ? I had a LAVH, took uterus & cervix but kept both ovaries. What is the point of a vaginal cuff ? Hey, if you don't know.... ask. Thanks
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Unread 02-03-2008, 09:01 AM
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If you no longer have a cervix, then you have a vaginal cuff which is the result of the surgeon closing the top of the vagina so it is now like a tube sock. It is sometimes described as looking like the end of a toothpaste tube. The end is folded over and tissue is sutured together. This is called the vaginal cuff.

When you have sex the cuff keeps the semen from entering the abdominal cavity. It also keeps other stuff like bacteria in bath water or swimming pools etc from entering the body. It just closes things up again. Hope this helps.

Unread 02-03-2008, 09:12 AM
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Hi sbkb03
There are no stupid questions here.
Since you don't have your cervix, you do have a vaginal cuff. The cuff is formed to close off your vagina from your abdominal cavity. If you picture a tube sock the cuff is like the toe of the sock. It's important that it be allowed to heal completely before you have sex again or really strain that area much at all. Glad you asked, does that help?
's, Rita
ETA~ didn't see you there (((Kay))) Great minds think alike!
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Unread 02-04-2008, 04:40 PM
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Thanks alot !! I am definetly going to talk to the ol doc @ the next appt. It sounds really gross.
Unread 02-04-2008, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by sbkb03
Thanks alot !! I am definetly going to talk to the ol doc @ the next appt. It sounds really gross.
That's exactly what I told my Dr when she was explaining the surgery with a handheld diagram. She laughed at me and said she found it interesting!!

She also said, that if she didn't sew the cuff, that basically your intestines could fall out!!

Really Gross!!
Unread 02-04-2008, 06:07 PM
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You know I was thinking that the other day I really didn't know what vaginal cuff meant and I though if I had one they the doctor would have told me right then I was sitting here reading some of the post and though to myself "wait if i have no cervix or uterus or ovaries then what the HE double toothpicks is up there????????????????????????????????so I posted asking and got the answer of a vaginal cuff and one girl posted a picture (the representation of a sock is just so appealing . So we are now all cuff women I thought I had a giant black hole
Unread 02-05-2008, 05:04 AM
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Yeah, I can't wait to see how my doc describes it to me. I'm still having some light bleeding w/ a little discharge. Is this normal @ 3 weeks out ? I'm findind that @ 3 weeks I have a good day, then a bad day, then a good day, then a bad day.....The insomnia is driving me crazy I was taking tylenol pm but it doesn't seem to help that much anymore. I watch tv until about midnite then toss & turn until about 2 or 3 am. I'm usually up @ 6 am. I only have a few more weeks to get this under control before I go back to work. When I go back to work I have to get up @ 4:30 am. Other than these endless issues I am doing fine Thanks for all your help & laughs !!!
Unread 02-05-2008, 05:54 AM
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Don't feel stupid: I just realized I have a vaginal cuff, and I had my TAH 4 months ago. None of the medical people mentioned that to me so when I first read about it here I assumed it was an actual physical cuff that women get for other conditions and that I didn't have one. When I realized that I did it was one of those, "Oh, that's what that means" moments that made me feel silly too, but if no one tells you about something like this how will you know?
Unread 02-05-2008, 06:49 AM
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For most the light bleeding and discharge are normal at 3 wks. There are always exceptions because our bodies just don't all heal the same and of course we have different surgeries. You have stitches dissolving and you're moving around a bit more, which can cause discharge. I had it until about the 7th week.

Unfortunately the insomnia is very common and goes along with hormone imbalance. Your ovaries are probably still in a state of shock from losing their main blood supply in the uterus. This is also different in everyone, but should clear up in a few weeks. If the insomnia is too bad you might want to ask your dr for something to help you sleep.

Other than that, listen to your body and try not to push it past the limits it's setting for you right now. Those good and bad days can even out some if you pay close attention to stopping before you have done too much. Three weeks is still really early. Give it some time.
's, Rita
Unread 02-05-2008, 08:17 AM
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Thanks for the advice, wisdom & encouragement. This site has just been awesome, but when one returns a post remark w/ caring it makes a difference. Thank you for taking the time. God Bless & Best wishes.

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