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Can the vagina ever be lengthened? Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

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Unread 12-29-2001, 09:21 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

I had cervical cancer removed Sept. 19, and am almost finished with all treatments. The worst is definately over, but now I have to deal with the fact that the top 1/3rd of my vagina has been taken. I've asked my doctor if anything can be done to recover any of this length and he has said no, but I can't help but wonder if there is any other options that perhaps he's not aware of. Maybe some kind of reconstructive or plastic surgery.

Does anyone out there know of any possibilities, or even any procedures that are on the horizon? I wouldn't even be able to pursue it for some time, but I'd like to think that there are other answers out there than "deal with it."

Thanks!
Steph
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Unread 12-29-2001, 09:51 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

It is possible that there is something that can be done. If so, it is most likely a very complex and expensive surgery requiring a highly skilled specialist.

My sister was born without a vagina or uterus, only ovaries. The specialist constructed a vagina for her when she was going to get married.
Best of Luck.
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Unread 12-29-2001, 11:28 PM
this site!

Isn't this the best site!! That is a great post. Hopeful. I am going to ask my onc who did my hyster. She is very progressive. I will let you know what I hear. I'll also ask the women at the Nat'l Ovarian Cancer Coalition meeting on the 6th.

Take Care - RobinS
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Unread 12-30-2001, 06:54 AM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

The vagina has a hugh stretching ability. Remember, babies pass
through it as they enter this world. My bet is that losing the top third
really should not make a difference in regards to intercourse.
oxkarenann
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Unread 12-30-2001, 04:41 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

That was what my doctor told me, and he is right. I adjusted easily. I never miss that 1/3.

Maggie
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Unread 12-30-2001, 05:17 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

I agree with you Robin!! We never stop learning in here!!
Have faith Steph! You may find that you too do not miss that 1/3!
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Unread 12-30-2001, 05:18 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

I agree with you Robin!! We never stop learning in here!!
Have faith Steph! You may find that you too do not miss that 1/3! It MAY even make intercourse more enjoyable for your partner! And YOURSELF!!!
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Unread 12-31-2001, 08:43 AM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

Here is the information I got from my sister. I am passing it along in case it may be if use to you. I hope you have the same success as others we have heard from here.

Here it is:

I looked at the below mentioned site and read the woman's question. The
surgery I had was or could be considered reconstructive. It involved
healthy tissue. I have heard of this type(mine) and of repairing
damaged areas due to other circumstances via plastic surgery. I would
recommend her to contact a plastic surgeon who works in conjuction with a
gyn. My Dr's have retired. I also have heard of stretching a vagina . with dilators as well but in this case I don't know personally and it is rather uncomfortable, yes pain is involved.
However, if she is sexually active this may stretch her out in time anyway.
I would ask my Dr. about that too. If he/she doesn't know find a different
doctor for a second opinion. Plastic surgery isn't a walk in the park it is
painful. The person has not just one site that hurts but two and for it to
take you have to lie down for about 2 weeks for the tissues to graft,
recovery takes a few months as well. then the donor site leaves a large
scar for a while which fades with time. Backsides are good for women instead
of thighs, then you can still wear a two piece swiming suit without worrying
of someone seeing your scar.
Anyway, I wish her luck.





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Unread 12-31-2001, 05:23 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

Thanks for all the responses! I was using a dilator, but found it to be so painful I had to go shopping for a softer "tool". My doctor says there is nothing unusual happening, no adhesions or anything, but I'm very tender from the radiation. The best way I can describe it is like a sunburn on the inside. I'll keep at it. My doctor said that the vagina would stretch in width, but not length??? I thought that was odd. Please keep the info coming, as this is my biggest concern at the moment. I know it may seem trivial in the wake of actually having cancer, but I lucked out there and they removed it all. The radiation was done as a precaution, I could have opted not to have it, but I didn't want to take any chances.

Thanks to all who have replied so far. Special thanks to ShirlO and RobinS for going that extra mile! I really appreciate it! I look forward to hearing what Robin has to say after the 6th. I don't know what I would have done without all of the wonderful ladies at this site!

Steph
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Unread 01-01-2002, 03:15 PM
Can the vagina ever be lengthened?

Hi, My doctor suggested that I see a plastic surgeon after extensive damage from radiation. The plastic surgeon first tried a tissue expander similiar to what women use when they are to have breast reconstruction. The expander worked for width but not length. My vagina ended up being about an inch in depth due to radiation. I finally had the reconstructive surgery with the New York group for plastic surgery and the recovery wasn't bad. He used my peritenium(sp?)(internal tissue) and an abodominal muscle. My vagina is now close to a natural length and everything works well. I would ask about a tissue expander. It is like a balloon that you put in your vagina and then pump it up inside of you and hold it pumped up about ten minutes just like the dilator only it is more comfortable. Good luck. If you would have had breast cancer you may have wanted the breast reconstructed so why not if you lose your vagina to cancer. I hope you can find something that works for you.
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