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Unread 01-16-2002, 10:55 PM
removal of cervix

I know that MY cervix was coming out (it felt like a full tampon which was coming out)--but mine was still attached to my uterus.

I couldn't imagine keeping it. Someone called it a cancer magnet, which for some people is very true. I just haven't figured out what function it holds after the uterus is removed.

Please--those of you who are keeping yours, I seriously would like to know what it does after the uterus is out. I'm not being sarcastic--I truly don't know. Everyone I know who has had it out (with a hyster) has said that their intimate relations have NOT been affected at all, so is there some other function for it when the uterus is gone?
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Unread 01-17-2002, 04:49 AM
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Mine is coming out. I have read here previously that it is about the size of a coat button, that it's sole function is as the opening to the uterus. Some sisters have said their drs told them it does nothing to hold other organs up, then other sisters saying their drs told them it does provide support after hyst. Some sisters say their orgasms haven't changed without it, others say it has. I trust my dr and she says it has no function without the uterus so I am going with what she tells me and it's leaving!

Just my opinion!
Unread 01-17-2002, 06:27 AM
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I'm trying to figure out what organs it would hold up. It's very tiny and I can't think of what it possibly could support. Maybe I'm missing something. Thanks again for any info (not that it would do me any good now, and not that I would EVER have kept mine--especially after having abnormal paps). Incidentally, I didn't start getting abnormal paps until my 40's. If I had been younger when I had my hyster, and if I had known what I do now, I would never have kept it. It definitely is the site where HPV seems to 'linger.'
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Unread 01-17-2002, 06:56 AM
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I just got out one of the brochures that my dr gave me. All it says about support is:
The pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum, and intestines) are supported by muscles, ligaments, and fascia (tough sheets of tissue)
Looking at the before and after diagram it doesn't appear that much has moved, although in this diagram the ovary and tube were left and they look like they're close to where the uterus used to be. The uterus is supposed to be a fairly small organ, during pregnancy (and when it's enlarged by fibroids) it pushes the other organs out of the way. After delivery (or hyst) things should go back to where they should have been.

I guess once again it's a personal choice, but I trust my dr's experience and have faith that she knows what she's doing.
Unread 01-17-2002, 03:38 PM
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I *think* the theory behind it "holding things up" is that it is an attachment point for other ligaments. Dunno if it's true...
Unread 01-17-2002, 04:03 PM
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I guess I can understand that, but what things? Your intestines? I haven't heard of anyone losing intestines. I have heard of women losing cervixes, however, since I was one of them. It was REALLY disgusting to have to push it back in. GAG!

At any rate, if a woman is thoroughly educated before she makes her decision, then there shouldn't be any problem.

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