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  #11  
Unread 04-27-2002, 04:37 PM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

Kept my cervix after a couple conversations between me and the doctor about it. I wanted it out because of the "cancer" fear and he was against it. (of course I wanted my appendix out, too, and he said they don't do that anymore). He did note that if I did eventually have to have it out for some reason it can be done vaginally. I think it has it's pros and cons and it comes down to what you yourself decides, doctors all have their own different opinions about the support issues and sexual affects of having or not having one.
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  #12  
Unread 04-27-2002, 07:20 PM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

Hiya!

I can understand your quandry. I am having a supra cervical on 5/13 (abdominal, keeping ovaries and cervix).

Bottom line...your body your decision. If your doctor is trying to force his opinion on you then he is in the wrong. he does not have a vagina, he does not have a cervix. He does not understand how much these parts of our bodies tend to mean to us. I bet if it were his foreskin in jeopardy he would not be so quick to have it removed. It serves no "real" purpose but most men who have one will fight to keep it (just mention the idea to my DH and he gets defensive).

A second opinion is definitely in order here. If possible, try to find a female doctor. She will be more apt to listen to and weigh your concerns.

I hope everything works out for you. Stand your ground.

Take care
  #13  
Unread 04-27-2002, 08:16 PM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

My gut instinct is to keep it....IF there's no cancer found on the ovary....

I'm going to the library to check out some more books & on Monday, I'm going to discuss this with my wonderful gen. physician. I've never known him to steer me wrong & perhaps he can even arrange a 'phone-consult' with another doctor.

We live in an extremely rural part of the country & specialists are non-existent...I'm already traveling 2-1/2 hours to the one I'm currently scheduled with. Overall I felt pretty comfy with him - we just 'knocked heads' on a couple issues. & perhaps part of my current apprehension about him is due to the magnitude of the decision to have a hysterectomy

THANK YOU so much for all the input!! & I'll keep researching.........

Robin
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  #14  
Unread 05-01-2002, 06:10 AM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

Good Morning All !

I've finally come to a decision............I'm definitely keeping my cervix (unless they find cancer on the ovary that will be removed - then EVERYTHING goes.......)

Now I need to call the gyn & discuss this option with him....if he doesn't want or feel comfortable doing this procedure, then it's cancel the surgery with him & start looking for another one.......He's not the only fish in the sea! & by gosh, it's my body & my life - I am, afterall, only 34.

I've appreciated everyone's insight & really appreciate this site - even if my anti-techno gyn doesn't. My general physician thinks it's great!

Thanks again!!

Robin
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Unread 05-01-2002, 06:26 AM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

Hi Robin,

I never had any abnormal pap smears. But I did have pain during sex and bleeding after sex that wouldn't stop for weeks! I don't have any cancer in my family.

My doctors told me that as they were doing a TAH the cervix was taken out as well. I have not noticed anything different in my life except I have NO PAIN and NO BLEEDING! Also, sex is tons better, it's like when we were first married. I haven't noticed any difference and neither has hubby, except for the good.

After my hyster I got the pathology report and was shocked to see so many problems on my cervix! I just went to a doctor on Monday and asked her about it, turns out most are very common problems.

There are plenty of people that will give you advice of what to do with your body. You need to gather your information and base your decision on that. I had to decide about what to do with my ovaries. They would have taken them out if I had asked. I did have them look at them to see if they were diseased, if so, remove them. As you can see in my signature, they weren't.

Second opinions are really a good idea when you are planning on a major surgery that will change your life forever. I went and got 4 different opinions.



Sara
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Unread 05-01-2002, 07:19 AM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

Hi Gadget Girl!

I agree with you COMPLETELY! However, I've never had any pain when with DH - my only problem was abnormally heavy (beyond flooding), but regular periods...which is when we discovered the large fibroid in my uterus. That also explained why I had to 'push' to finish emptying my bladder - fibroid is on left side causing the uterus to lay on my bladder. As well, the lining of my uterus is thickened abnormally causing more pressure.

When I had the sonogram for that - they discovered my right ovary. So very scary. is it 'C' or isn't it???

Anyway.....my general physician sees no reason, for me, why I shouldn't leave my cervix (& left ovary) in this instance - IF it is NOT cancer on my right ovary, but another dermoid cyst like they suspect.

I also agree with getting second (& third & fourth &......) opinions & depending upon what my currently scheduled gyn says (& how he says it), I will do that. Interviewing more gyns means more extensive traveling (we'll currently be driving 2-1/2 hours for surgery & follow-ups. If I change gyns, it will mean 4 hours or even 5), etc - so it's a VERY involved decision all the way around.

My general physician has many connections & has been gaining much insight from medical peers, etc. (some agrees with his, some agrees with the gyn) for me to help me with my decision.

Gadget Girl, overall I felt pretty good with this gyn - we are VERY accustomed to a progressive physican in an extremely rural area (think Northern Exposure) & I know much of my apprehension of the gyn comes from that 'culture-gap' (he's located in a larger city)& I know some of it comes from the thought of major surgery itself.......but I also know that the element of TRUST is very important when you 'employ' a doctor with your body & your health.

THANK YOU for the heads up!



Robin
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Unread 05-01-2002, 07:58 AM
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Hooray ShielahT
I wish you were going with me next week for my dr appt. I have a women gyn so maybe she'll be more sensitive to my feelings.
  #18  
Unread 05-01-2002, 11:35 AM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

I had a SAH about 5 mos ago and kept ovaries (and cervix of course if it's a SAH)
I am one of the "rare" ones with a mini period and I have to tell you it is not bad at all!!!
In fact I am kinda glad I have it, it reminds me that my ovaries are functioning regularly. It is so light, no cramping, just a sensation that you know it is coming, then about 24 hours of such light spotting you almost don't need anything. I usually use about 2 "panti liners" per mini period and even those are barely stained in one spot.
Like I said, I enjoy knowing that I am still on a regular cycle without the mess and bother!
Being in my 30's I can see eventually, down the road, when these will cease that perhaps natural menopause is starting.
Good Luck to you!
Haven't been here in ages, like to check in from time to time
  #19  
Unread 05-01-2002, 07:02 PM
keep it...remove it....the cervix, that is~

deep sigh......few tears.....some fluttering in the tummy....

Spoke with my gyn's nurse today. Asked her THE question :"I've decided I want to keep my cervix. Does Dr. K perform supracervical hysters?" Her reply? WHY would I want to keep it. The only women they ever see ~with~ their cervix are the really old ladies who didn't know any better & that's how hysters were done when they had them.

Okay. Guess that answered my question. She wanted a detailed list of WHY I wanted to keep it.....so I gave it to her (gyn already has it). She's going to 'check' with him & call me back. Angels, I just don't have a good feeling about this guy anymore.

DH & I feel like we're back to the drawing board & still on the search for a gyn that really wants to work ~with~ us instead of just 'doing their job - the simplest way.' I'll call my main physician in the morning to see if he has any other recommendations.

I'm so disappointed. I've been on this female-organ-merry-go-round before & somehow, if DH wasn't supporting my position on this 100%, I'm so worn out by it that I'm close to saying - 'whatever you want, Dr. K - just take it all."

I know that's not right - it's MY BODY - MY decision. But I'm so anxious to get that scary ovary out & take care of all this discomfort & stress. My surgery with this guy was scheduled for June 4. sigh.

I'm so uncomfortable, everything is so swollen - just days before my period to start........ & was so excited that this would be my last flood.

Just need a good stress-relieving cry. I'm gonna go find some Kleenex now. sniff. sniff. & then I'm gonna get some hugs from DH, some sleep & call doc in the morning. Right away in the morning.

Thanks for listening. sniffle.



Robin
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