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Leave the cervix or not? Leave the cervix or not?

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Unread 08-22-2001, 12:46 PM
Leave the cervix or not?

I am scheduled for sergery on Sept 4th and am not sure what type of surgery I should have. My doctor has given me the option of removing my cervix or leaving it. I have no idea what is better. Does anyone know any pros or cons for surgery either way???
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Unread 08-22-2001, 01:09 PM
Leave the cervix or not?

Hi Roberta!

This is a difficult question to answer, each of us has to make a decision that's best for ourselves, but I can give you some things to think about. Discuss these things with your doctor, and between the two of you, you can make the best decision for YOU.

1. Cancer. Is there any history of cancer in your family? Removing the cervix drastically lowers your chances of cervical cancer (still a remote possibility due to some cells being left behind)

2. Bleeding. Some women who keep their cervix end up having "mini-periods" monthly. These seem to be rare, and are very light, but are a possibility.

3. Sex. There are many conflicting opinions on whether the cervix contributes to sexual pleasure. Ask 10 people, you'll get 10 different answers. I can say in MY case, at least, sex is wonderful after the surgery (I had my cervix removed). My doctor told me it wouldn't make a difference, and she was right - neither myself nor my husband can tell any difference.

Keep reading, talk to your doctor, and good luck with your decision!

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