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Unread 09-07-2008, 10:47 AM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

My surgery is tomorrow at 1:30, and by then I need to figure out if I want to keep my cervic or not. I have a history of diplasia, so it is a good idea to take it out, but for some reason having it taken out is bothering me. But, if I don't have it taken out there is a 20 percent chance that I will have to have it taken out within the first year. My doctor says that it doesn't make a difference in the outcome, except for what I already said. She also said that studies say that it doesn't seem to affect the sexual outcome either. Does anyone have any suggestions? What did you do? And what was the outcome?
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Unread 09-07-2008, 12:11 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

Hi,
I know that my doctor tested me for HPV before deciding whether or not to take out my cervix. Luckily, the test came back negitive. If you have a positive test, then your cervix should come out. Do you know if your doctor screened you for HPV?

I think the one thing that the cervix does is provide lubrication... with out it you may have to use a substitution.

I don't know about the sexual outcome... I'm still pre-op, and even then, I am not having mine removed.

Good luck with your decision and with your surgery tomorrow.
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Unread 09-07-2008, 01:05 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

I had my cervix removed over a year ago and haven't had any problems. I never really paid it any attention before and sure don't miss it now. Sex is just as good as it was before my surgery, if not better.
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Unread 09-07-2008, 02:42 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

One thing to remember is if you leave your cervix and still have ovaries (or HRT, I believe), you can possibly have mini-periods, though I have also read some doctors do a precedure that would stop those from happening. I'm having mine removed because I have had previous abnormal paps and a LEEP procedure and my mother had a long history of dysplasia. I've had clean paps since the LEEP, but figure I can do without the cervix.
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Unread 09-07-2008, 02:59 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

Hi luvbooks1!

A fairly recent scientific study shows that hysterectomy patients who have their cervix removed are no more likely to experience sexual difficulties or urinary or bowel problems after surgery than women who have only their uterus removed. You can read more about it here:

Total Versus Sub-Total Hysterectomy

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy which means my cervix was removed. Prior to having my hysterectomy, while going about my daily routine of life, I never was “aware” of my cervix, just as I am unaware of other internal organs. So losing my cervix hasn’t made any difference to me. (Except that I never need to have annual PAP smears, which is a relief since that's not an activity I ever enjoyed.)

Others, who 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,
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Unread 09-07-2008, 06:45 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

I would go ahead and take the cervix out. The risks are too high. Plus the mini periods would be the pits!
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Unread 09-07-2008, 07:57 PM
Cervix or no cervix? History of displasia

There is no difference with it. Mine is gone, all is fine. I like having it and the ovaries gone. Less cancer problems possible.
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