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To Keep the Cervix...or not? To Keep the Cervix...or not?

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Unread 09-27-2011, 05:26 PM
To Keep the Cervix...or not?

I have the option of keeping or getting rid of my cervix...there is always a risk of some of the pressure felt in the pelvis not going away entirely if it stays, but since from the research I have found, keeping the cervix can greatly reduce the possibility of damage to the urinary tract and possibly help keep lubrication and sexual sensation greater after surgery, I am leaning at keeping it....has anyone had positive or negative experience with the cervix staying or going that you would be willing to share?
Thanks for any insight
Bree
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Unread 09-27-2011, 05:47 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

Lubriciation is the same for me without my cervix. I can't speak to the way it feels during sex, since I've only done it once since surgery. I have a feeling I won't miss DH's pushing up against it since that was painful for me.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 05:55 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

I have not yet had sex since surgery 6 weeks ago. However, when I met w/ my Doctor for pre-op, he stated he was taking the cervix due to endo. If the cervix was left, the endo could grow back as found in recent studies. I know my sex drive is high and within the next few hope to have "outercourse" I will let you know how I feel things are once we give it a try. Blessings
sandi
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Unread 09-27-2011, 06:03 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

Thank you guys for being so open, I am only 32 and keeping a healthy sex life is pretty important for DH and I! I really appreciate the candid honesty!
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Unread 09-27-2011, 06:09 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

It's a very important part of our lives. If you go to the post op forum, there is a thread there called "post op sex - YAY!". Check it out, everyone is extremely candid and it will help you see what it's like for ladies who have had different surgeries and different organs removed. Wishing you luck in your decision.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 06:47 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

I felt very strongly about keeping my cervix, then I found out before I went into the operating room that my dr. had planned on removing it. We had a lot of discussion prior to me being wheeled in to surgery, and I eventually agreed to have it removed. Turns out she wouldn't have been able to leave it anyway because there was just too much to be removed through the cervix (there was a large fibroid found hiding behind the large fibroid she already knew about). If they remove the cervix, the hole to remove everything through the vagina is much larger (this of course doesn't apply if you're having things removed through the abdomen). Turns out I also had endo. and that might have stayed in my cervix a little bit and I may have gotten miniperiods. I would not be happy if I went through all of this and still had bleeding once a month, even if it is minor.

Anyway...I am now 8 weeks post op and I don't miss my cervix at all. Sex is great, and I have no problems whatsoever with lubrication. Sex is much less painful, and I think that if I'd left the cervix, I still might have had some pain, but who knows. I've also had no problems with the vaginal cuff. But...there are instances of people who have had vaginal cuff issues.

I would discuss things with your dr. My dr. feels very strongly about removing them. She also mentioned instance where cervix's were left, and there was problems with adhesion or something, and she had to go back in to remove the cervix any way.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 06:58 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

I had mine removed and don't miss it at all! I have no problems with lubrication during sex...sex is awesome! I'm glad that I don't have to worry about "mini periods" or cervical cancer. My surgeon told me I don't have to worry about vaginal support...during my surgery he does not damage the supporting ligaments on both sides of the vagina in any way.

I have had no negative effects from having my cervix removed.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 08:05 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

What is a vaginal cuff? Is this commonly used? This was the first time I had heard of that term....is it only used when the cervix is removed?
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Unread 09-27-2011, 08:25 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

Vaginal cuff is where the surgeon sews the top of the vagina shut when the cervix is removed.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 08:48 PM
Re: To Keep the Cervix...or not?

Bree,
I kept my cervix. I was able to. I had my hysterectomy because of fibroids that caused extreme bleeding, clots, and embarrassment. I was concerned about losing any length in my vagina. My doctor (she) gave me all the pros and cons...in my case she not concerned about cervical cancer, I have never had a abnormal pap. My cervix was never a bother during sex.I only removed what was needed. The mini periods are no big deal to me if it means my sex life will not change. The vagina is uneven because the cervix hangs down between the top of the vagina and the bottom. When the cervix is removed both ends of the vagina are brought together and sewn shut. You are left with what is called a vaginal cuff. I didnt want this, because you will lose a small amount of length. There are pro and cons to every situation, I'm sure whatever you decide will be the best choice for you
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