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Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!! Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

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Unread 08-23-2011, 08:06 PM
Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

Im scheduled for this month coming up and im confused to whether remove the cervix or not. My Paps always come back normal. Im just concerned because the truth is the cervix helps me with orgasms.... : -)
I will have my ovaries left in place. Hopefully both of them cause I have a chat on the right side.

Some insight will be appreciated.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 08:07 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

I meant to say I have a cyst on my right ovary...sorry about that.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 08:16 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

It is your decision, but base it on the reason you're having your hysterectomy and your doctor's advice, and perhaps a second opinion. I had my cervix removed because I had multiple fibroids and a hystery of cervical and uterine polyps. I don't want to grow something else and end up back in surgery.

Take your time and make sure you're happy with your decision; that's what is most important.

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Unread 08-23-2011, 08:34 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

I did not have a choice, and lost my cervix (I too have had normal paps, but my gyn onc wanted everything gone. I had a large ovarian cyst on my left ovary and uterine fibroids.) I still have orgasms without my cervix, but I will not lie to you - they are different. The muscle contraction is missing. However, odd thing is is that my orgasms are more frequent. Go figure.

However, all of this aside - your health is what is important. I would discuss the matter with your doctor.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 09:28 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

When I first found out I needed a hysterectomy (very large uterine fibroid), I didn't know what to do about the cervix either. I did a lot of research and talked to women who've had hysterectomies, and I decided I wanted to keep my cervix. My paps have always been normal and there's no history of any kind of cancer in my family. It seems to me that there was no reason to remove a healthy organ, especially if removing it might impact my sex life.

My doctor said that if everything looked healthy, he'd leave my ovaries and my cervix. It all looked good, so that's what he did.

I would suggest getting all the information you can before you make a decision.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 09:35 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

jprincez, I originally was going to have it all removed with the thought of "less to get cancer". But then my DR presented me with reasons to keep my ovaries. And this site opened my eyes to challenges when the cervix is removed (vaginal cuff issues/sexual difficulties) so I further discussed this with my DR.

Some say the cervix supports the bladder, my DR says there isn't any medical proof for or against that thought. But her thought was "why remove something that's healthy?", I had years of normal paps. That my surgery would be shorter and my recovery easier if my cervix was to remain. Those reasons sold me and I opted to keep my cervix. (But fibroid complications added hours to my surgery, so it wasn't a timesaver for my DR afterall).

Essentially, if I was to start removing body parts due to cancer fears, where would I stop? My DR says cervical cancer is one of the easiest to detect (with a yearly pap test) and is a specialist in non-invasive surgery (which my fibroids were too big for) and could remove my cervix that way should it ever need to be.

I am happy with my decision. The most important thing is that you are too. Please revisit this with your DR. Good luck!
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Unread 08-23-2011, 09:43 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

I had initally said take the cervix too but later decided against it. My Dr is big on taking the cervix out, less risk of cancer and all that, but for me it just didn't justify having mine out. I had the same fear as you as far as sex and once it's out you can't go put it back in, but later down the road if it causes problems it can be removed. I had changed my mind after reading a lot of information on this site, but I also know people who have had it removed and say everything is fine for them. You have to do what is right for you. It's your body and your decision, not your Dr's
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Unread 08-23-2011, 09:56 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

I had mine removed, I had endometrosis BAD. To the point that I was essentially having non stop periods and having to have laprascopic surgeries every few months to "clean it up". The final decision came with a long discussion with my doctor. He was all about avoiding a hysterectomy, until nothing else worked, and then he wanted to preserve the cervix until I had an endemetrial mass on my ovary show up then grow 4 times the original size in a six week time frame. At that point we both decided better safe than sorry, and removing the cervix with it's endemetrial tissue was likely to keep me out of more pain/surgeries in the future.
Talk it over with your doctor, if your wavering either way then keep it, you can always remove it later.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 10:02 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

My cervix was removed. I didnt know i had an option in that :-/ lol but ive been reading on things, and your cervix provides secretions that lubricate your vagina. This lubrication keeps your vagina moist and "plump", and also keeps the vaginal cells healthy. Without a cervix, even with your oveties or HRT, your vagina can still get dry, thin, and weak. Maybe ask your doctor more? Hope this helps and good luck!
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Unread 08-23-2011, 10:25 PM
Re: Cervix in or out...dont know what to do!!

Ladies thanks for the responses. I have alot to think about. My doctor suggested removing the cervix however she did say for me to think about it because it is up to me and being that I don't have any cervical issues, its just the multiple fibroids.

I will do more research but you ladies have been great help already!!!
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