Cervical cancer doesn't have to end your baby dreams...mine came true!
If you have found me, it's probably because you have been told you have cervical cancer, dysplasia or an abnormal Pap smear and you are wondering if treatment will affect having babies later.
You have probably been told you need surgery, such as:
Or maybe you had surgery in the past and are worried about the effects of surgery on getting pregnant. If you're already pregnant, you are probably worried about incompetent cervix or labor and delivery.
You've come to the right place. My name is Stacy, and I was diagnosed with microinvasive cervical cancer in 2003. But in 2008, I did have a baby! My baby not only went to term without any interventions, but he was born almost a week late.
I know very well that the forms you sign before surgery are pretty grim and tell you all the bad things that can happen, but there is one thing they don't offer--
I started this website for that reason. Other women need to know that there is hope for the family they want to have.
My little guy!
In this website, I have information on:
And under the Motherhood section, for those of you who are pregnant and maybe even on bedrest, I have some information to prepare you for labor and delivery and taking care of your baby. You won't have much time to read later, and bedrest gets pretty boring. Check out the section on baby strollers for starters.
In my section on Prevention, you can also learn about how to get HPV under control through your diet, exercise, supplements, and stress reduction. The key is boosting your immune system.
And go for regular Pap smears! That way any problems are caught early. That way you can have options. Don't let cancer decide your options for you.
I hope you will find answers here and some hope. Most of all, you now know someone else who went through it and still had her dreams come true. I pray that yours do, too.
- My blog
- Blog I hear from women a lot who got pregnant when they thought they couldn't after surgery.
- The latest news and updates from Having babies after cervical cancer.
- A cervical cancer story: my path to motherhood
- It's pretty scary to be told you have cervical cancer, but I got through it. I'll tell you a happy-ending cervical cancer story.
- At the root of cervical cancer is HPV, now the most common STD.
- Abnormal Pap smear
- An abnormal Pap smear is one of the scariest things you will ever hear, but don't let that fear keep you from getting an annual exam. There are many reasons for an abnormal Pap test result.
- LEEP procedure for cervical cancer
- Surgery, like LEEP, is a treatment for cervical cancer or dysplasia. It's a quick procedure, but it can affect future conception and pregnancy. Learn about it from someone who had one.
- Cone biopsy surgery
- A cone biopsy is a surgery to remove abnormal cervical tissue. For many women, that's all the treatment they need, but it can affect future conception and pregnancies.
- Cervical cancer prevention
- Cervical cancer prevention starts with early detection and boosting your immune system.
- Cervical cancer
- Cervical cancer is caused by a very common sexually-transmitted virus, HPV. How does a virus cause cancer?
- Fertility after cervical cancer
- Once you have had a LEEP or cone biopsy, your fertility may be affected. This doesn't have to be an obstacle you can't overcome.
- Pregnancy after cervical cancer
- Cervical cancer, if caught early, doesn't have to mean you can't have children. There are some thing to keep in mind during pregnancy after cervical cancer, but life can go on.
- HPV and cervical cancer studies
- The latest research news on cervical cancer studies is here. Also a partial list of surgeons for cervical cancer.
- Pictures of success!
- Here are pictures from successful pregnancies after cervical cancer. Add yours, too.
- Loss of your dreams, no matter the reason, is very hard and can be very lonely. Dealing with it is life-changing.
- Questions and answers
- One of the questions I was asked is does cervical cancer risk go away with menopause? The answer is no. Find out why.
- Motherhood after cervical cancer
- Motherhood after cervical cancer can almost feel surreal. At some point, though, you have to move on and start living without worry again.
- Interviews with experts
- Here I feature interviews with some experts in the field of cervical cancer.
- Here's how to help
- I started this website as a labor of love to help other women, but if you want to know how to help me with my cause, I would appreciate your support!
- To find your way around my site, I have created a sitemap. From here, you can click on any link and go to that page.