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Unread 01-28-2012, 08:04 PM
who has kept their cervix?

I know that many have had the choice and decided to have it removed. My Dr. says the choice is mine. I keep going back and forth and am having trouble making my mind up. I have read all the pros and cons and the other lengthy thread about having it removed.

I have had normal paps, no history of cancer and am having the hysterectomy due to large fibroids.

I would like to hear from those that have kept theirs and how that is working out for you.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 08:09 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

I started a thread regarding the opposite.. It is here in pre op titled "OMG 1 week before surgery and Doc changes mind.. Those without a cervix please respond". It has great information regarding taking the cervix..
Unread 01-28-2012, 08:10 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

Lol.. just re read your post and think you may have seen it. Best wishes to you and your decision..
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Unread 01-29-2012, 07:25 AM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

Yep, I did read that thread. Well, I can't say I read it carefully since it was lots of pages. Anyway, didn't look like many kept the cervix that posted. I'll take a look at it again.
Unread 01-29-2012, 08:18 AM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

I had my surgery 3 days ago, I also had the choice whether to keep my cervix or not. I went back and forth, mostly worried about "support" and changes sexually. Since I was having mine done with the Da Vinci, my doctor assured me that he could remove my cervix without affecting much of the structure of the surrounding tissue. I still went back and forth, and thought it would be easier if I didn't have to choose.

I had cervical cancer apprx 8 years ago, and my last pap was "iffy", so my doctor (the week before surgery) strongly recommended I have it removed. I was actually relived to not have as much freedom in deciding. So...I agreed. I know I'm only 3 days post-op, but I really don't feel a difference.

The doctor said the procedure would take longer if I kept it...well I gotta tell ya, my surgery took over 4 hours having it removed and I had a very hard time waking in recovery (3 more hours).

I was able to keep both my ovaries, that was really my main concern; and I really would not want to have a second surgery later on to deal with issues from my cervix. It's your choice, and I empathize for you, it's hard when you have a choice.
Unread 01-29-2012, 10:13 AM
Re: who has kept their cervix?


I had a davinci supra cervical hystorectomy on Dec. 9th.
Why did I keep it...for one thing it was healthy. THe big big reason to keep my cervix, which a lot of women didnt "get" is my sex life.
If your cervix plays a part in your sex life, then you may want to keep it.

The fact that I healed more quickly than those who did not keep it was a bonus.

If you derive most of your intimate pleasure from your vulvular area and not from deep in your vaginal cervical area, you may want to go ahead and have it removed. It is after all your choice!

I tried not to get into the weeds too much so as not to offend sensitive dispositions. But for me the choice was a no brainer for very personal reasons. I wish you well and will share more details if you want. But perhaps this is enough.

Best wishes,
Unread 01-29-2012, 12:30 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

Mine is healthy as well, so I am thinking of retaining it. My girlfriend is a CRNA and always says it's best to keep what you can.

I also have the a lot of confidence in my doctor and he said he could do whatever I wanted and the choice was mine.

Of course the sex is of great importance

Anyway, I will continue to research until I make up my mind. I just have to tell the Dr. Friday morning when he sees me.

For the record, this is the first day that I am really starting to get nervous. I am driving my husband nuts! Going to go clean the bathroom and run a couple of miles.....
Unread 01-31-2012, 02:45 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

I had an LSH last September, and kept my cervix and ovaries. I do have a history of ovarian cysts, but the main problems were endometriosis on my uterus, and uterine fibroids. My GYN suggested keeping my cervix because the procedure and recovery would be easier, and like others have said, there's no reason to take something that's not causing any problems.

I haven't had any problems with keeping it! Read about the 'mini-periods' and other things ppl talked about on here beforehand, and I wish I hadn't because I was quite depressed for a while thinking that after all this, I might still have my period! That hasn't been the case, and my GYN says he sees it only rarely in his practice.

Not sure what else you're looking to hear from those of us who are happy we kept our cervixes . . . hope this helps!!
Unread 01-31-2012, 07:19 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

Thanks! I'm thinking of keep it too. The count down begins and I am ready to get it over with.
Unread 01-31-2012, 08:39 PM
Re: who has kept their cervix?

I kept mine. I had the choice, too, and the doc explained that it would be good for bladder support. My paps have been good, so he saw no reason to remove it.

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