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Second guessing removal of cervix; Surgery over and I made the best choice for me Second guessing removal of cervix; Surgery over and I made the best choice for me

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Unread 04-10-2012, 05:31 PM
Second guessing removal of cervix; Surgery over and I made the best choice for me

I didn't sleep all night! I made the mistake of reading all kinds of articles about failed vaginal cuffs, painful sex after vaginal cuffs, torn vaginal cuffs, mini periods, cauterizations.....I think I'm losing my mind!! Help me....somebody!! I trust my doctor and yet I'm questioning it all. I'm barely holding on...I need some sleep! Anyone else bouncing around on this roller coaster???
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Unread 04-10-2012, 06:20 PM
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I'm right there with you. I want to be informed but there is so much conflicting information out there. I have been making myself stay away from most of the internet for a while. Still undecided about keeping my cervix or not. My doctor has said it's pretty much up to me which way I want to go but I still have to meet with the surgeon to see what she suggests. I change my mind about every other day. Take some deep breaths and look within yourself for the answer - to what feels right for you. I'll try to do the same.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 06:32 PM
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Hi ladyjuji! You are NOT losing your mind my dear!!! Being informed is good, but it sounds like you may be overdoing it a bit and freaking yourself out. :-)

I didn't find this site until 2 weeks post-op and once I did I had wished that I knew about it ahead of time, but then again...maybe not. I can tell you that torn cuffs are rare...as far as your other concerns...try not to worry right now about them. I was a person who healed slowly and did have to have a couple of treatments of silver nitrate and it was all okay. Plus, the sex has been terrific and I am feeling great!

You really need to try to get some sleep and don't worry so much about all the what ifs...take one day at a time and stay positive.

Hang in there!!! HUGS!! :-)
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Unread 04-10-2012, 07:34 PM
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It sounds like you need to have another discussion with your doctor and make a list of pros and cons. There are advantages and there are also disadvantages to this. Here is a list started for you off the top of my head:

Advantages:
1. Might help support pelvic organs (not proven though)
2. No possible vaginal cuff issues
3. Your vagina stays the same as before surgery
4. Less invasive surgery because it doesn't need to be totally dissected off your bladder

Disadvantages:
1. PAP smears will need to be continued
2. Possibility of mini-periods if you also keep your ovaries
3. Possibility of further surgery down the line if you end up with cervical cancer
4. If bumping your cervix during sex hurts, this will continue

I am sure that other ladies will pipe in with pros and cons.

I hope this helps.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 07:36 PM
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I made the decision to not retain my cervix; actually I wound up also losing my ovaries because I also had endometriosis that was undetected until surgery. My doctor strongly suggested its removal, even though he said it is easier for the surgeon for it to remain. Without it, you do not have to worry about cervical cancer or mini-periods. Even though I am just trying to get over a bacterial infection around the vaginal cuff, it is healing well. The infection is common from the ph changes that take place with surgery. Just make sure to not have intercourse until you are released by your doctor to do so. What it feels like to have intercourse without the cervix? I don't know yet; that remains to be seen after I am released

You said you trust your doctor; continue to do so and calm your fears. I think the worrying is just because as women we feel we need to control things and this is just something that we are have to release that control to our doctors and know they have much experience in what is the right thing to do for our health.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 08:59 PM
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I had my cervix, uterus and right ovary removed and I don't miss any of them! No cervix means no cervical cancer. I don't notice a difference in my vagina and neither does my DH. Sex is better now than it ever was before the surgery!!!! If you do have it removed then you must wait the full 6 weeks before you can have sex. When they remove the cervix they basically sew you shut down there. If you have sex before you are healed there is a possibility your parter could rip the stitches. Waiting 6 weeks was very hard but well woth it!!! Sending (((hugs)))!!!
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Unread 04-10-2012, 09:17 PM
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I had my cervix removed also, I was not prepared for the recovery time, however I would do it again. I had some issues during recovery but in my situation I'm glad I don't have to worry about cervical cancer (I had pre-cancerous cells in my uterus). I did not really have an option and I suspect that they would take it with good reason. Hopefully you can talk to your doctor about your concerns. I was more concerned about losing my ovaries (I did not have to).
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Unread 04-10-2012, 10:32 PM
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I had mine removed too -- I'd had years of HPV issues and when I wound up with endometrial cancer, they took out everything.

Before the surgery, losing my uterus didn't bother me much, but losing the cervix absolutely upset me terribly. I just felt like I'd wind up like some sort of barbie doll with a sad vagina sewed up at the top or something.

I am exactly one year post-surgery now, and I notice no difference at all without a cervix. Sex is just as good as before (maybe better since I'm not bleeding all the time anymore). My doctor made me wait 10 weeks before I was permitted sex. The first few times, my boyfriend said it felt almost like a knuckle or something up there, which my doctor assured me would soften over time, which it has. Boyfriend says everything feels exactly the same as before too.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 11:16 PM
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I had no choice I had some growth in my cervix...
I have had no issues with having it removed. sex does not hurt... no added bleeding, don't feel anything different.
I know some have had issues but I can only speak for me..
I am really glad I had it removed (growths aside)... Knowing my luck I would have been one of those women who got a mini period every month... I figure if I had to get a hyster for excess bleeding then I wanted no more periods at all...
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Unread 04-11-2012, 05:52 AM
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I love you all!! Thanks do much for replying! I think that a lot of my fears have been calmed reading your posts! I guess my biggest obstacles will be abstinence and the fact that my DH is on the large side(never looked at that as a con before..LOL)!

Out with the cervix! Please Lord let at least one ovary be worth saving!! ((((Hugs)))) to you all!
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