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I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh! I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:45 PM
I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

Hi ladies!
i'm having my hyster June 15! I'm having a dilemma with my cervix. The doctor never told me exactly what she is removing. So, i was thinking a lot about my cervix. I had 3 abnormal pap smears due to HPV virus. I had a problem with maybe having cervical dysplasia. I am thinking whether i should have my cervix removed? will this bring on any prolaspe? I also, don't want to have a hyster and than have to have another surgery to remove my cervix! I heard it happens & i don't want to have another surgery! I'm just worried about the negative consequences of removing a cervix! I would love to hear your ideas & responses! If i do remove my cervix what kind of problems can occur. Thanks so much for your help in this decision! gina xoxo
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Unread 05-15-2009, 09:01 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

You just asked to $20,000.00 question...to tell you the truth...there is no right answer...I kept my cervix and I'm glad I did...I've had no problems...but if you are sure you have the HPV...that puts you in a higher risk factor for cervical cancer. I was clear of the virus so I'm in a lower risk factor..now I only have to have pap-smears once every 3 years. With prolaps...that can happen ANYTIME with or without having a hysterectomy. There are so many factors...age, weight..and if you exercise your pelvic area. Dealing with a vaginal cuff...don't know..I don't have one...you need to think very long and hard....the HPV is nothing to be messing with. I do know many women, who are doing great with the vaginal cuff...and that surgery has come a long way from my mother's time 20 years ago. Do your research and I hope you make the best decision for YOU.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 11:32 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

Hi Gina

I had my cervix removed because of abnormal paps and HPV-related cellular changes. What does your recommend?

We do have an article that answers some of the questions you have. I found it useful in making my own decision, and I hope it helps you, too.

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Unread 05-16-2009, 06:21 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

I had my cervix removed, too, and haven't even missed it!
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Unread 05-16-2009, 06:28 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

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Originally Posted by ohmightyv View Post
I had my cervix removed, too, and haven't even missed it!
I had my cervix removed on 5/13/09 due to complications of bleeding after my LSH on 3-6-09... I don't regret it one bit and I don't have the vaginal cuff... Everything so far is just fine... Best thing I ever did......... Can't even tell it isn't there anymore........
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Unread 05-16-2009, 06:32 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

Hi Gina!

To date, there is no proven scientific evidence that retaining the cervix (which is a part of the uterus, by the way, not a separate organ) is of any benefit to hysterectomy patients. In fact, 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 retain their 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. 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.)

Some hysterectomy patients 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.

After reading dozens if not hundreds of posts here through the years from Hystersisters.com members who kept their cervix and later had to have a second surgery (called a trachelectomy) to have it removed, I am very happy I ditched mine.

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 05-16-2009, 06:34 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

Gina,
I believe when you have abnormal paps they recommend that you remove the cervix. Your doctor can probably answer that question better though.
I kept mine, but I have never had an abnormal pap or any other problems with it.
I am only 3 weeks post surgery, but am happy with my decision.
I will have to have yearly pap smears, but I don't think that is a hardship or anything.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 08:03 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

If you are leaning toward removal, but your main concern is prolapse, perhaps a discussion with your doctor will put your mind at ease. My doctor used ligaments to secure my cuff and convinced me that prolapse was not likely. It's a tough decision, I know. It was the one that kept me thinking the most before my surgery.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 08:04 PM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

I have had the HPV and dysplasia history and my doctor said my cervix should come out. I am glad because I don't want to take the chance even though I had cryosurgery before. I've also had a cyst on it, so I will be glad to not have it. I also don't want to worry about "mini-periods" because I am keeping my ovaries.

Everybody is individual and your doctor should be able to guide you with the decision that fits your body, health history, and needs.
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Unread 05-17-2009, 02:46 AM
Re: I'm debating! Keep my cervix or not? ugh!

I had mine removed and am very happy with my decision.
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