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Cervix or no- so many pros and cons! Cervix or no- so many pros and cons!

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Unread 11-03-2011, 03:24 PM
Cervix or no- so many pros and cons!

Help sisters! I am having a hysterectomy laproscopically in less than 2 weeks. During my pre-op next week with my doctor, we are going to discuss if we are keeping or removing my cervix. I have read so much on this topic that its not even funny and each person seems to believe something different. So...i am here for more opinions! haha For a bit of background, 31, have no children (never wanted any of my own so no worries and I have 3 wonderful step boys), endemetrosis, painful unpredicable periods with severe headaches and blurry vision. My thought was to initial have a tubal and do the endometrial ablation, but when i got a 2nd opinion, the doctor recommended skipping that step and going for the hysterectomy. There is no plans to remove the ovarys and throw myself into menopause, just the uterus. I am just not sure about the cervix. I had one abnormal pap smear about 5 years ago where they went in and did some scraping (cant remember what its all called) but things have been fine since then. I have a history of prolapse in my family which makes me believe leaving the cervix is for the better. Thoughts? Comments? Thank you sisters!!
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Unread 11-03-2011, 06:49 PM
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Personally, if my cervix had been healthy I would have kept it. It really depends in your own unique situation. What does your doctor think? There is some discussion that it helps support the pelvic floor. But then you could possibly have mini periods if you kept it.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 11:23 AM
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I'd like to know the best choice too. I have surgery in 2 1/2 weeks. My doctor plans to take my cervix but he told me I could keep it if I wanted to. My issue is that I had a LEEP done in early 2000 and after they removed a portion of the cervix, I have always had pain from the scar tissue. I'd love to get rid of the cervix since it is once of my main pain sources. But on the other hand I am worried about painful sex if it is removed. My husband is well endowed and I have fears about resuming sex after having my cervix removed. I'd like to know what other people have experienced who have had it removed.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 11:48 AM
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I had to have mine removed for health reasons. But like sugarandspice said it really depends on the individual person. Talk to your dr, get the pro's and con's of both before you make your decision. As with any surgery there is always a chance that things don't go the way they were suppose too but for me personally having my cervix removed was a god send.

Lisa, I can tell you from my own personal experience sex was painful the first few times but since then it has been fantastic.

Good luck,
Tracy
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Unread 11-04-2011, 06:05 PM
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I'd like to know the best choice too. I have surgery in 2 1/2 weeks. My doctor plans to take my cervix but he told me I could keep it if I wanted to. My issue is that I had a LEEP done in early 2000 and after they removed a portion of the cervix, I have always had pain from the scar tissue. I'd love to get rid of the cervix since it is once of my main pain sources. But on the other hand I am worried about painful sex if it is removed. My husband is well endowed and I have fears about resuming sex after having my cervix removed. I'd like to know what other people have experienced who have had it removed.
Hi crazy daisy I also had scarring after a LEEP procedure. It was so bad that it scarred shut, my period couldnt get through and the doc couldn't get a clear biopsy off it. My doctor said he'd never seen it so bad. That's why I had mine removed. Sex before was painful when DH's penis bumped it. Now sex doesn't hurt. I notice no change in the length of my vagina or natural lubrication. DH says it feels the same for him. And now I no longer have to worry about cervical cancer or ever, ever, ever go to the dreaded colposcopy clinic again. It was the proper decision for me, but you and your doctor should decide if it's the proper one for you. Good luck!
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Unread 11-05-2011, 08:38 AM
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Thank you for all the replies! This sisterhood is truly fantastic! There is no chance of anyone feeling alone
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Unread 11-05-2011, 10:44 PM
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I was not able to keep my cervix, but wish I could have.
I think it is an individual thing.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sugarandspice View Post
Personally, if my cervix had been healthy I would have kept it. It really depends in your own unique situation. What does your doctor think? There is some discussion that it helps support the pelvic floor. But then you could possibly have mini periods if you kept it.
This is the first I have heard of "mini-periods" if you keep your cervix. I kept mine so I guess I need to discuss this with my doctor when I see her on Thursday. This news is discouraging to me since I assumed I would not be having any periods at all anymore. Ugh
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Unread 11-05-2011, 10:59 PM
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Well, here is something to consider--the cervix is actually the neck of the uterus. As it is not a separate organ, what is affecting the rest of the uterus can also affect the cervix, dictating its removal. That was the case for me.

The cervix can and does prolapse so if there is a history of prolapse issues in your family, I would recommend consulting with a uro-gynecologist about the best option for you. When the entire uterus is removed, the surgeon does tact everything in place which may actually help prevent future prolapse issues.

Also, some doctors prefer to remove the cervix if there is an endometriosis diagnosis. Some theories indicate that endometriosis originates as endometrium and endometrium can be left with the cervix since there is no dotted line telling a surgeon where to cut to leave only the cervical portion of the uterus.

Finally, because you have an endometriosis diagnosis, I would strongly recommend you see a doctor who specializes in treating endometriosis before you head into OR. A hysterectomy is not a cure for endometriosis and if your surgeon is not exceptionally skilled when it comes to recognizing and skillfully excising endometriosis, you could continue to deal with endometriosis regardless of the type of hysterectomy you choose.

Personally, I do not recommend skipping straight to a hysterectomy. But my view is colored by a not so happily ever after personal hysterectomy story and spending so many years helping women here at HysterSisters. I know first hand what it is like to have hysterectomy complications and I have tried to help numerous other women who have also had complications and wished they had tried other options first.

Whatever you decide, I wish you all the best! There are strong opinions on all sides of this issue and no black or white definite right answer for everyone.

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Unread 11-06-2011, 08:36 AM
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Make sure you ask enough questions to make a good decision. For me, my problem appears just to be fibroids. Removing the uterus will hopefully cure my problems. Because there is no indication I have a problem with my cervix, I'm keeping it. For you, that may not be the case and removal would reduce your chances of the endo coming back. You need to do what is right for you.
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