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Unread 02-05-2008, 11:57 AM
A Stupid Question

You guys are great I just wanted to tell you It is so funny when I read the post and think Wow that is what I was thinking or needed to know. Like some I did not know I had a vaginal cuff either I was not told, didn't ask and then started reading the post and read about the vaginal cuff I was like, hmm some women must have to have that, I wonder why??? and didn't even ? until the day I was sitting here and thought to myself what is there now a big giant hole so I asked and found out that I too have a vaginal cuff that looks like the end of a sock, I think there is a picture on this thread in the beginning not much further then my previous reply. (that was fun too look at) I am starting to worry tremendously about the sex thing, I still have a few more weeks and have had to resort to other methods so the husbands head doesn't wander I have not had any bleeding or discharge, am I suppose to????? I have not had many menopause issues either about 2 weeks out I could cry easy but that is gone and I don't have hot flashes but have more of cold flashes. Insomnia well I am up till about 2am and then sleep till 9:30 so that is good. I have had everything taken. Oh I put my belly button ring back in yesterday :bigwink: I have a huge incision running up my belly to the left of my belly button it is about 8" or maybe 9" so no bikinis for me anymore Yea right but still I am not sure if I will want my belly to show with the scar now but i put it back in anyway. You gals are all so great and have helped me so very very much. Thanks for the laughs and the tears and the comfort!
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Unread 02-05-2008, 04:35 PM
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Okay... since we're asking questions... on a TAH/BSO what holds the vagina in place when you have sex? I know there were ligaments on the uterus that were cut, are there also ligaments on the vagina?? And do the intestines just sit on top of everything now, where the uterus was??
Unread 02-05-2008, 05:56 PM
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Thanks PattieO! I was thinking the same thing. Isn't it weird how we think like this? LOL! I thought I was the only one that wondered.

I am glad now that I know what a vaginal cuff is. It really had me wondering.

All you sisters are wonderful
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Unread 02-05-2008, 07:37 PM
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Hi PattieO
I'm no anatomy scholar, but I think the answer to your question isn't really different from what has held the vagina up previous to our hysterectomies. The muscles of the pelvic floor are our main support plus ligaments that prevent the vagina from being pushed downward. When our pelvic floor muscles are damaged they aren't able to hold the opening to the vagina closed and there is greater demand made on the ligaments to hold everything up. In normal, healthy women these two work together to prevent the vagina, bladder and the uterus from falling.

We all go into surgery in varying degrees of health so far as our pelvic floor muscles are concerned. It's my understanding there are situations where doctors need to 'tack' things up to give additional support. This is a good reason for all of us to be diligent to exercise our pelvic floor by doing our Kegel exercises.

This would be a good question for our drs. I'm not one, and am sharing my understanding from the view of a patient just like you all. I hope this helps answer your question.

(((blondraider))) Some women report no bleeding or discharge, but not the majority. I figure you at about 4 wks out. You might still find you'll have some as more of your stitches dissolve. Everyone is different. When there are repairs I think there might be more discharge. Around five weeks I seemed to have more than I had previously experienced. You may get to be one of the lucky ones.
's, Rita

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