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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board

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Stefanie, I'm sorry to hear the results came back with high grade changes and carcinoma in situ. Did he get clear margins with the cone? I am going to ask you a tough question and it's not to question your doctor, but is a hysterectomy for sure what you want to do? If it is, then that is fine, but please know there are other options (ie. another cone or watch and wait) as it seems there was no invasion. It is your decision to make, I'm not going to sit here anonymous and tell you what to do. You need to do what you feel the most comfortable with.

Having said that, I had a vaginal hysterectomy in September. The recovery is definately six weeks. I felt really good the first week after the surgery. I felt like I'd been hit by a truck the second week. Gradually felt better and better as time went on. If you have it done vaginally, it is sometimes hard for others (and maybe even yourself) to understand that you've had major surgery because you don't have any outside scarring. But you have to remember there are hundreds of tiny stitches inside your body that need to heal. I kept my ovaries, they are working and I'm glad I kept them. Please let me know what other questions you have, I'll be glad to answer them for you :)

Hi Stefanie, being comfortable with the decision to have a hysterectomy is an important part of your recovery after surgery. So I'm glad to hear that you are comfortable with it.

The recovery from a vaginal hysterectomy is so varied, you really can't predict how you are going to feel until you go through it. I have a friend who had her surgery done abdominally, and she was always commenting how she felt great by week two and was doing things, and yet, I struggled for a few weeks. The main thing is listening to your body and resting when you need to (and believe me, your body WILL let you know). If you can take the whole 4-6 weeks I say go for it. You only get one chance to heal properly and you don't want to do anything that is going to delay that recovery. Even so many months later, there are times when I can tell I've done too much, I start getting the burning pain where my uterus used to be. Then I just take it easy and rest. It's actually not such a bad thing, good excuse to be a little slack on the housework and let my husband do more :)

Sex has stayed the same for me, there does not seem to be a difference without the cervix other than it seems I'm a little "shorter". But otherwise it's as good as ever before surgery. With the added bonus that we don't need to worry about contraception or period so we can be a bit more spontaneous. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

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