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Unread 05-11-2002, 09:31 AM
the cervix.... to keep or not to keep?

Hi Kathleen!

I was, where you are now, several weeks ago....When I brought up the thought process of KEEPING it - the first doctor I went to said NO!!!!! BAD IDEA!!!! When I asked why (& I had definitely done my research - no site went unseen...that's for sure!) he said - CANCER!

Now (check out my 'found' thread) I visited with my gen phys & went for a second opinion with THE GYN....

This is what I've learned from ~all of my travels~

There is definitely an even split on 'to keep' or 'not to keep'....the risk of cervical cancer will still be present even if you have your cervix removed....not ALL cervix cells can be removed. So yes, yearly PAP smears will be in order.

The mini period is rare - but it can happen if you leave any ovary tissue. It is so light, however, that most women who have it don't mind it.

Sex? That one is so split - it's incredible!

Studies are also mixed on what kind of support the cervix area actually offers to the pelvic floor and thus your other organs such as your bladder. They just can't decide if keeping the cervix in place helps prevent later prolapse.....

This is the way I see it....if I keep it & have problems down the can be removed later. If I have it removed now & have problems...........I'm 34 years old & I opted to keep my cervix.

THE GYN showed us a pic of what he will do to keep the cervix & this will entail sutures on the top side of cervix instead of on the end of the vagina.

THE GYN (& my Gen Phys) said this: It's my body.....the arguments for & against are's my decision.

Thank you - my body - my decision.

Your body - your decision & I know you'll make the right one for YOU!!!

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Unread 05-13-2002, 04:10 PM
the cervix.... to keep or not to keep?

Had TAH and had cervix removed. I don't feel any difference with sex. Actually it's great because I no longer have pain. Woo-hoo!

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