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Can a dr tell if you have a cervix by looking up your foof?

(46 Posts)
cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:21:53


Leverette Tue 21-May-13 20:36:52

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cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:37:54

Vagina grin

justabigdisco Tue 21-May-13 20:37:54


purpleroses Tue 21-May-13 20:39:25

Yes, with one of those big tong-like things they use to hold you open!

EleanorHandbasket Tue 21-May-13 20:40:31

Doesn't everyone have one? I didn't think they were optional. Well, on women anyway.

Is yours missing?

XBenedict Tue 21-May-13 20:40:54

That would be a speculum grin and as others have said yep would quickly find out it was/wasn't there!

Nagoo Tue 21-May-13 20:42:45

You've got one if your womb is still in? NO? Oh god I don't want to know the answer to that. Cervices make me queasy.

relaxingathome Tue 21-May-13 20:43:25

Yes, but have to ask why you are asking smile

YonilyDevotedToYou Tue 21-May-13 20:43:26

Um. How could you not have a cervix?

cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:44:01

It appears to be Eleanor

I had a hysterectomy last year and was at the dr today due to bleeding. She was talking to me and said not to worry too much because I didn't have a cervix.
I argued with her that I had blush.
I was sure it was left in hmm.

XBenedict Tue 21-May-13 20:44:23

Because it's been removed

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 21-May-13 20:44:41

If you have a vagina and a womb, then it's fairly guaranteed that you have a cervix. The doctor doesn't need to look up there to check, it's sort of a given.

cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:44:46

I think I might be an idiot.

relaxingathome Tue 21-May-13 20:44:57

If you had a total hysterectomy you do not have a cervix, if you had a sub total hysterectomy you do.

XBenedict Tue 21-May-13 20:46:39

What relaxing said, sometimes the cervix is not removed, sometimes it is depending on the reason for the hysterectomy.

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 21-May-13 20:47:22


If you have had a hysterectomy then you may well have had cervix removed too. If she had a look with a speculum, then I'd take her word for it.

Or you could feel for yourself.

AtYourCervix Tue 21-May-13 20:47:23

You might still have one. Can you feel it? Probably easier to feel than see, even with a speculum.

EleanorHandbasket Tue 21-May-13 20:47:50

Oh! I'm so sorry, it didn't occur to me they'd take it out but I suppose they would.

It must be in your notes though. And you'd think they'd be sure to tell you what they took out and what they left.

Hope you're okay. And sorry for being flippant, I hadn't noticed this was in General Health until after I posted blush

juneybean Tue 21-May-13 20:48:18

I've always wondered what happens to the vagina/cervix in a hysterectomy.

cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:48:29

I was sure I had a sub total hysterectomy. confused

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 21-May-13 20:48:43

AYC wins the award for having the most apt username for posting on this thread, anyway.

cocolepew Tue 21-May-13 20:49:54

Don't be daft Eleanor smile.

morningsarepants Tue 21-May-13 20:49:57

It is very rare to do a subtotal hysterectomy these days - there's not much point to it. So it is highly likely that you do not have a cervix.

relaxingathome Tue 21-May-13 20:51:36

I would have a feel, ideally in a squat position, if its there it will feel like the tip of your nose.
As long as dr looked and did not just assume then I would take their word for it though.

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