Hi, I recently posted a question about hysterectomy and received a number of kind responses. I decided against having a hysterectomy. Today I went to a nice gynecologist because I am having unexplained itchiness and soreness in vagina that is not obvious yeast or anything else. It could be from aging (I am 55); I had no idea that while taking estrogen and using estrogen cream one could have such discomfort! Anyway this doctor agreed with me about the risks of having a hysterectomy but then he saw the film of the fibroid and he said it is indeed pushing into my bladder. He said that it is impossible to say if it will relieve symptoms because I do have interstitial cystitis, but that he does this surgery and it is less invasive than a total hysterectomy. I am wondering if anyone out there has had this surgery (just removal of fibroid, not uterus) and while I am at it I am wondering if anyone out there has had itchiness and soreness from age. I am not really dry and it is kind of a mystery. He did say that estrogen cream will not prevent the vagina from aging; it just slows it. Does anyone have any useful comments? Thank you in advance.