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Unread 10-23-2011, 01:12 PM
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I was not aware that cervical cancer didn't run in families. Good to know. Thanks for the 411.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 03:33 PM
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I plan on keeping mine unless they find something in there. While I want to get rid of parts that are causing problems I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it. If that means I have mini periods that is way better than what I've had.
Unread 10-24-2011, 10:44 PM
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I have read all the responses about the cervix no cervix and I just want to say Thank you it has helped a whole lot about my decision. I am not scheduled for surgery just yet but my pre-op appointment is on Oct, 26th.
Thanks again.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 04:19 PM
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I had a SAH in Sept 2010 and kept my cervix for sexual pleasure reasons. I also kept my ovaries so that I wouldn't be thrown into menopause (I'm 48) I can't say that things are the same in the area of sexual pleasure, but the pleasure is improving over time. I am more than one year post op and I do continue to have regular mini periods. These last for 2-5 days with enough bleeding to require a panty liner. My doc (a male) claimed this would not happen HA! I guess the good news is that my ovaries appear to be working! I other symptoms with the mini periods, back ache, painful breasts, but the horrible cramps and bleeding are gone! If I had to do it over again I'm not sure I would keep the cervix, but I still feel that keeping as many "original parts" was a good thing. Best wishes to everyone!
Unread 11-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by mcc65 View Post
Hi there,

I had a TAH in June for fibroids and extremely painful periods, I also had my ovaries removed.

I'm from the UK and it seems to be routine to remove the cervix which to my mind was an added bonus - not only would I never have another excruciatingly painful period - no more smear tests (think they may be the same as your pap test) - it was a win win situation.

I was given a choice about removing the ovaries which increases my risk of breast cancer but not as highly as the risk of ovarian cancer if they stayed. They were also unable to rule hormones out as the cause of my painful periods so I just decided to go for the full works.

Because of my age (45) I was borderline for being routinely put on HRT so again they gave me the choice - I have decided to see how it goes, and so far the only problem I have experienced is hot flushes which are bearable so I don't think I'm going to bother.

No change to my sex drive other than my 19 year old daughter returning home

Only 4 months post op and while tummy still seems swollen I'm able to wear all my pre-op clothes and in fact because I am being careful with my diet have been able to buy smaller tops so I don't think weight gain will be a problem as long as I follow a sensible diet.

Sorry for rambling on a bit, but I can honestly say that this is one of the best things I have ever done
This whole thread is great. I found this post the most helpful as also from the UK and the lady is only a couple of years older than me.

I am 41, and the doctor told me last week it was my choice to keep my cervix or not, a decision he let me think about and inform him on the day.

I have been reading things on here about it and googled information as well. For me my gut feeling is to have it removed. But last week at the doctors I was 'what and I going to decide?'

He also said to wait at least a month before you think about HRT. I am getting hot flushes anyway as I came off a course of zoladex about 6 weeks ago.

at the moment I am getting nervous I will catch a cold or something and I won't get it done, more than worrying about the operation itself.
Unread 11-01-2011, 06:54 PM
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This thread has been very helpful, your story is identical to mine except I am a couple years behind you in age. My doc seems insistent on keeping the cervix (and ovaries) for pelvic support but did not tell me about mini periods and vaginal cuffs. That has me wondering. He did tell me as one sister reports, that leaving the cervix speeds recovery. I am all for that, but if it is at the risk of another surgery or more periods, hmmmm. Definitely on my pre-op question list for him! Thanks ladies.
Unread 11-01-2011, 10:32 PM
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This thread has been so very helpful! I actually didn't even know that keeping the cervix was even an option until I found this wonderful site. Who knew how many things you had to decide? Right now I am leaning towards keeping it. My only concern is the possibiity that fibroids could develop later on. One more question to ask my doctor.
Unread 11-02-2011, 08:10 AM
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That is exactly where I am. I want this drama to be over for good and if we can do it and keep the cervix, great. I'll get my paps like a good girl. With all the fibroids and polyps I am getting....and still having random albeit infrequent estrogen surges, dont want any more fibroids and the idea of mini periods does not thrill me. All that said, my gut says dont take what is not necessary. Definitely on my questions list. I see my doc on 11/16 for my questions, I'll let you know if I learn anything!
Unread 11-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Fawn1212 View Post
I THOUGHT my cervix was staying, but just prior to my surgery found out that it was going. My dr. has very strong feelings about this. I had the davinci laproscopic surgery, but what I didn't know was that everything is still removed through the vagina. I thought it came out through the slits in your abdomen. If the cervix is gone, it's a much larger hole to remove everything out of through the vagina. If they have to leave the cervix, it's a much smaller hole to try to get everything out...resulting in a longer, tedious surgery. I had so much "stuff" to be taken out (enlarged uterus, several very large fibroids), that there was no way it could all come out through the tiny cervix hole.

At any rate...I don't miss my cervix one bit and I'm glad it's gone. Sex is much better for me. I have no problems with lubrication, lack of sensation during sex, etc. Plus, I'm glad I don't have to get pap smears any more...I always hated them. Also, I'd heard there was a chance of getting "mini periods". There was no way I wanted to go through getting a hysterectomy and still have vaginal bleeding monthly.
okay so I have a dumb question - how do we get mini-periods after the uterus is gone? I have no idea whether my gyn will want to remove my cervix. Another question to add to the list!
Unread 11-02-2011, 03:37 PM
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IDG - it is my understanding that since the cervix is the lowest part of the uterus, there is still some "tissue" there and it can still cause us to spot/bleed a bit during monthly cycle time. My daughter had a uterine-only hysterectomy last year and says she has to wear a mini pad one or two days a month. She is 30, so will be having estrogen for a long time. One of my questions about this is that since I am almost 55 and would have little estrogen left, perhaps this is less of an issue? Not sure but will ask. Let's post for each other what our surgeons have to say!

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