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Eliz is right -- you can develop stenosis that would prevent you from having a period; BUT, I was told that you would know if that's what's going on, because it would be very painful. I didn't run into this problem, and for once am glad to I have very irregular periods (sometimes months in between -- always been that way) and luckily I haven't had to deal with that issue at all since this whole thing started.

I can understand being frustrated with your gyn, too. I am actually afraid of mine rather than actually frustrated, since he was the constant bearer of bad news!! Here in the US, most of them are not very well versed in the oncological issues, and unfortunately do not give out very good info. You do need to find someone you are comfortable with, because that will make all the difference! My new gyn is great, but I really just skipped right over him once I was diagnosed as he didn't even know much about a trach, so he couldn't answer any questions. I know it's hard and not very reassuring to hear her say yep, we could miss something....but at least she's not giving you what my old doc did and say oh, don't worry, you'll be fine, only to have something come up "unexpectedly." Better she tells you there is a possibility than to give you a false sense of security. That having been said, if she has the sense to monitor you so closely, it is unlikely that they won't catch whatever may be going on in plenty of time. My problem was a sloppy doc who didn't watch me closely enough.

You are also smart to get copies of all your path reports. Let's face it, everyone is human and can make mistakes, plus you never know if it's actually your doc looking at the path or some resident/student that is looking it over. Plus I think it helps you understand and feel more in control if you know EXACTLY what is going on. And if she doesn't want to answer your ever questions, then ditch her to get someone else. From what I've seen there are a lot of patients that take the "just fix me & I don't want to know" approach, so the docs don't always get into specific details. Let him/her know that you are not one of the patients, and want to know specifically, in medical terms, what is going on. Once they see you can understand it, they will talk to you on a different level, and hopefully better answer your questions.

Hopefully this will put your mind at ease a bit: while yes, your cervix is compromised as a result of the two procedures, it is not nearly as compromised as my nearly non-existent one post-trach....and I've been told that successful pregnancy is totally feasible with proper care and monitoring. Even with trachs, the successful live birth rate is increasing, and is now reported at upwards of 70% for those receiving proper care. I know that number seems low, but you've got to remember there are also a lot of women in there who are high risk to begin with (like me, at 39), so we kind of bring the numbers down because our issues may be age related and not compromised cervix related. On a more personal note, my cousin's cousin (other side of the family!) had both a LEEP and a cone, and just gave birth to a healthy 9 lb. baby boy the same day I had my trach!! No issues throughout her it is quite possible (and she had a big baby!!).

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