Colposcopy and LLETZ/LEEP

This photo series is taken during this 33 year old woman’s colposcopy and LLETZ procedure (Large Loop Excision of the Transformation Zone), also called a LEEP procedure (Loop Electro-surgical Excision Procedure). She has had no vaginal births and you can see her os is round.

Her pap smear came back with abnormal results due to HPV.  During the next appointment, the gynecologist applied acetic acid/iodine to her cervix to better highlight abnormal cells (colposcopy), but said the abnormal area appeared mild.  However, the tissue sample collected came back as severely abnormal, so she went to the clinic again for the LLETZ procedure (photographed below).

This woman describes the procedure as “a walk in the park.”  It was performed with local anesthetic in an outpatient clinic.

 

This cervical photo is the point of view of the colposcope (projected onto a TV screen) during the beginning of the procedure.

She did not feel the injection of anesthetic at all, but the adrenalin in the mixture made her legs shake and made her feel a little panicky (though this was chemically induced, not her true feeling about the procedure).


This is the photo of the acetic acid and iodine solution applied to the cervix to temporarily stain the cervix and help visualize any abnormal cells in the transformation zone (where many precancerous and cancerous lesions often arise).  The whiter area indicates the abnormal cells.

She experienced slight discomfort when the loop excised the tissue. It felt like a short sharp poke but the sensation was gone immediately and she didn’t feel the extra cauterisation.  She said the hot wire loop caused a burning smell.

 

The wire did not stop the bleeding completely, so the colposcopist used another instrument to cauterize the incision (pictured above).  If you look closely, you can actually see a small blue flame above the tool on the cervix.

 

This is the abnormal tissue in a specimen jar. The biopsy showed Cin2 (pre-cancerous) with no clear margins (however as the edge of the tissue was burnt, they couldn’t see the true margins).

Later that night (three or more hours later), she had some slight cramping but no pain after that. She experienced no bleeding until 5 days or so after when the dark cauterized bits of flesh fell off.  She bled lightly for a couple of weeks and was given antibiotics for an infection.  She was required to refrain from sex, tampons, swimming, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise etc. for a 2 or 4 weeks after the procedure.

She had a follow up pap smear 6 months after the procedure (they give it time to heal completely) which, thankfully, came back normal. During that smear she didn’t get to see her cervix on the monitor,  but the nurse said it looked like a smooth mini donut. The hole/os is now larger than it was.

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236 thoughts on “Colposcopy and LLETZ/LEEP

  1. I just had the procedure done. It was painful. It has only been 5 days, I am starting to bleed some but think I may be starting my period. I hope to have a normal pap next time I go in. I have had abnormal cells for over 2 years now that’s why they decided to do the procedure.

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  2. I had a LEEP and my dr. put me under full anesthesia – all the way out. I’d had abnormal cells for a while and didn’t know it because i had no healthcare and didn’t get paps for 5 years. Also didn’t know I had HPV or what that was. No one talked about HPV before the vaccine they’re marketing now. I was completely freaked out and unhappy and I think that’s why she recommended full anesthesia. This was not a cheerful experience. I bled black chunks for 3 weeks. I hope this is never necessary for me again. Now I have to make my new OBGYN (I moved) give me a pap every 6 months. He thinks I’m silly. I think he’s never bled black chunks for 3 weeks and cried.

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    Zoe Reply:

    I hope that things are going better for you, now.

    I’m on my second abnormal pap, and just had my 2nd visit to a hospital today.

    I guess I have some sort of dyplasia.

    They were testing to see if I had full-blown cancer.
    my pap revealed cells suggestive of squamous cell carcinoma.

    I did a 3 week cleanse (no sugar, wheat, alcohol), and took estrosense (said to help w/ regulating hormones, got it from the health food store).

    i’m also boosting my immune system w/ an astralagus tincture.

    I will do everything I can, but I’m not liking any waiting aspects to my situation. Had to wait a month to get the appt, and now another 2 wks for results.

    I’m not looking forward to bleeding black chunks, although I was told to expect this.

    I hope things turned out well for you, Abbie. I’m sympathizing.

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  3. I am glad there is a website like this to show people what they do and you can actually see everything. I had to get this done 4 years ago and now i once again had an abnormal pap, i get to enjoy this painful procedure again. I am really not looking forward to it, the last time i had 3 biopsies. The dr did tell me i had HPV and they did freeze off the abnormal tissue on my cervix so i was hoping it was gone. Surprise 4 whole years later i have to go through it again. I am sorry for anyone who has to get this done but it is worth it for the drs to find out what is wrong. So good luck to ya ladies!

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  4. I am so glad to have stumbled across this site – I am going to share this with others for sure.

    I had a LEEP done TODAY! I was initially petrified but once I read up on it I became much more relaxed. Parts of the procedure were painful but it was due to my body composition and not the actual procedure.

    I saw the sample after it was removed, I have to say it was larger than I expected but that’s ok…I am hopeful everything necessary to be removed was in fact removed. Now the waiting game for the results.

    Your photos here are very informative and I appreciate you sharing them with others.

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  5. Thanks for posting this. I have HPV. My first biopsy came back mild. My second came back mild/moderate according to the nurse. It’s been a month, and I still can’t get the doctor on the phone to tell me anything more, so I don’t know if they want to do a LEEP or not. But both biopsies were pretty uneventful at least. They just felt like 10-15 minute paps with some period cramping. Not looking forward to a LEEP, but I’m glad we at least have the technology to battle this kind of stuff. I made an HPV/colposcopy article on my website with general information as well as my experiences thus far if anyone wants to check it out, add to it, or make suggestions. http://www.peachdough.com/joomla/index.php/topforum/11-sex-ed-pregnancy-and-parenting/25-reproductive-health-pap-smears-and-hpv.html#105

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  6. Ive had 2 of these procedures, and ive just received a letter today stating that im having my third next week. Going through this before doesnt make it any easier, but im so glad its being caught before anything more serious happens!

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  7. I was yesterday told that i needed to have a leep done. I am absolutely petrified to say the least. I’ve read lots of helpfl info on the web, thank god for the net, but i’m still scared.
    My gynaecologist is lovely. When I had to have a colposcopy done I was so nervous but he was really gentle with me and understanding so I at least feel at ease with the guy who will be doing it.
    I just want to say that for people reading this in the UK.. I had a smear test done on the nhs and it said all clear, see you in 6 months. However a family friend is a doctor in private healthcare and suggested I get one done privately, which was £50, a smal price to pay for health I feel.
    I went privately, got it done and got the results back within a few days. It said I had HPV and mild dyscariosis. And that I needed a Colposcopy! Totally different from Nhs result who said come back for another smear test in 6 months time !
    I;m so thankful I got a smear test done privately. WHo knows what woulda happened otherwise !
    I’m not saying it would happen usually but for me going privately may have saved my life and prevented me getting something more serious..

    x

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    Andrea Reply:

    Private smears are often looked at by exactly the same people/labs and equipment as the NHS ones, just a little quicker and they get paid more for doing it! Occasionally, they are looked at by people not as closely regulated as NHS staff! As u had a 6 month recall, the NHS were keeping a close eye on you for a reason, the correct thing to do. Abnormal cells can get better or worse in time on their own.

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    Jo Reply:

    Its true that the same lab technicians assess within the public an private sector. I work in the O&G Sector in NZ where it may be slightly different, but here the same doctors work pub/ private as well. Difference is private dcs tend to intervene more. This may be for monetary gain. Or to make private patients feel they are getting a more comprehensive service. Sometimes it is not in line with best practice guidelines, and can cause harm.

    Despite working within the sector and knowing the Drs performing this procedure on me, it is a frightening prospect, being a patient in the health system.

    Peace out and good luck ladies.

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    Chris Reply:

    In the UK we would usually have a smear test every 3-5 years, as you were told to come back in 6 months you did not have a normal result. However when I had to go back 6 months later after they found pre-cancerous cells, I got an all clear. They told me that many things can result in an abnormal result and my peace of mind would have been a lot greater if they had just told me I needed to come back in 6 months. I am not knocking your paying to go private – but please understand that you would not have been told to go back 6 months later if your result had been normal.

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  8. Yesterday i had a colposcopy and might i say i got the run around about the who procedure (no insurance). The doctor who gave me my pap test told me that my results came back abnormal, this had never happend to me before, so naturally i came home and did some research on the internet about all of the possibilities. Little did i know it could be HPV that causes abnormalities or a list of other things. When i arrived at my appointment i asked the assistant “what caused my reading to come back abnormal was it HPV ?”she answered with such confidence “Oh yeah thats probably what it is, thats very common.” At this point im upset because im a 24 year old African-American women with an exceptionally short list (2) of sexual partners and found that her explanation was non-sufficient and further more felt that she(an office assistant) had no place to assume that particular diagnosis and should have had the doctor further explain herself. Well, long story short, she checked the files again and told me it was NOT HPV. So after having the living day lights scared out of me i was escorted to the room where the colposcopy and cervical biopsy was taking place, (still have not found out what abnormality made cause for these test). I had never seen the doctor who was performing this procedure she didnt even explain what was about to happen, i had a good idea of what would happen from my own personal research on the matter. She was not gentle at all and asked me to relax as much as i could. This was difficult! They also had a student watching and taking notes for a grant total of 3 people in my crotch, not a good experience. After the procedure was over the doctor was about to leave when i asked her what caused the pap to come back abnormal and thats when she told me “they found some cancerous cells and needed to further investigate” (hence the colposcopy and biopsy). I was in complete shock, i shut down. Later on last night i decided to do even more research and saw that it could have been ASC-H, LSIS, HSIL…and the list goes on. Now im still in the dark about whats going on. I called and asked to speak with the doctor but of course she was busy and said she would call me back. About an hour later i get a call from the clinic. I start to talk about how i was feeling about what was going on and asking question in which none of them she could answer. Which led me to feeling like i knew more about the situation than she did. I quickly realize that its not the doctor im speaking with but the same misinformed ASSisstant who told me i had HPV when i didnt! Now im still waiting for the call from the doctor….pure hell! Why do some doctors treat their patients like ignorant cadavers to play with, do they not think we are intelligent enough to know or comprehend whats really going on, or do they just not give a damn?! If u have insurance please be thankful u dont have to g through this!

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    Ashley Reply:

    I have insurance… they aren’t much more informative or nice on my side either.

    I nearly jumped off the table at my colposcipy… and screamed in the room, bled a big puddle of blood on the floor, and nearly got eyes rolled at me.

    It was to date THE most horrifying experinence to date.

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    Nancy Reply:

    Ashley – I’m so sorry your experience was so horrifying!! I’ve had a couple of colposcopies done within the past year. The first one (April 2010) was easy with no real pain or bleeding to speak of. The second one (November 2010) was much worse. The greatest amount of pain came from the doctor’s use of the speculum. I am in menopause, and have been having a lot of pain during intercourse (to the point that we’ve stopped trying until we can get this cleared up!). The doctor apparently didn’t use any lubrication on the instrument before inserting it. I now need to go to the hospital to have the examination completed under anesthesia!

    Two different doctors – two entirely different experiences. You might consider changing doctors to avoid having a similar experience again.

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    Nancy Reply:

    Jessica — good for you to keep at them to explain what is going on!! So many times doctors and assistants seem to forget that we’re human beings and they can’t be bothered to explain themselves. Be polite and forceful and you WILL get your answers!

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    Ms Reply:

    I too have great insurance and went through the same run around as you. After my first ab pap I got a call from an assistant saying I have cancer and need to find a specialist. After loosing my mind for a few hours I found an HSIL specialist and she walked me through what was really going on. I have now moved and just had another ab pap reported yesterday. I am going straight to a specialist as I do not think general practice doctors know what they are doing in this area.

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  9. Regarding the post from April 7, 2010 by Jessica – That experience was identical to mine in a nut shell. I had my pap test results come back abnormal & had my colposcopy scheduled for this past Monday, April 5th 2010. The office I go to was good about sending me information about the procedure – but I was never given an answer as to why my results came back as abnormal. Very little information was given from them, really. The day of my procedure, I also had two assitants observing – i’m 19 years old, i’m young. So I was extremely freaked out & freaked myself so much – that when my doctor was done, I was extremely dizzy & did not want to stand up. They provided me with juice & made sure I was okay before leaving. Please note I had freaked myself out & hadn’t eaten before my apt, so feeling dizzy had nothing to do with the actual procedure. – the procedure wasn’t *too painful, as she “froze” the cells before collecting them. My results were sent to me (already) in a hand-written envelope telling me that my results were negative for dysplasia. So that’s a relieve -as but that’s all that was noted. I’ll be calling to attempt to get more information on monday, but is it common to get the results back so soon? Also – she told me no intercourse for 2 weeks & told me to expect to see a substance that resembles “coffe grounds” in my panties within the next few days. This was due to whatever was used to stop the bleeding on my cervix. My question to whoever may know, is…

    How come today, 6 days after my procedure… while showering, I had something *fall out.. it looked exactly like a little coffe ground filter with orange/brownish substance inside? It had a little weight to it, I might add. & every day since monday – i’ve had some orange stains but was not too conerned.

    Hope anyone can help me – as I said, I haven’t had a chance to speak with my doctor since this happened on a sunday =/

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    Rachael Reply:

    The “coffee filter” you described sounds like the yellow-green paste they use to control the bleeding after the procedure. I had this same thing happen to me after my coloscopy.

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  10. I am having LLetz surgery done tomorrow, im so scared! But i think my main worry is that i want to have a baby in a few years and im hoping this dont effect my chances of carrying! Wondering if any of you carried a baby after this surgery? Thanks for your time and this site is very help full. I read it and look at the pictures and makes me a little more ensured ill be okay!

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  11. Dianne, I had a LEEP done about 7 years ago and I have a healthy 14 month old baby boy. I had no problem getting pregnant, my big fear was carrying the baby to term. The one thing that my doctor did during the pregnancy was a transvaginal ultrasound each month to measure the cervix. It was a relief to have those done and to get to see the baby. Just ask the doctor what the protocal is for a woman that has had the procedure and it pregnant. Goodluck with everything!!

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  12. Thanks thats good to hear! I had it done everything is going okay every now and than i have small blood clots and start to bleed heavy for a few minutes than it goes back to normal or just spotting but the dr said that is all normal for 4-6 weeks! My Dr said that the only thing he would be concerned about is me having premature birth but like you said they will monitor that :) … Also i had a question i had it done 6 days ago and now i have a bit of brownish blood discharge and smells foul is that normal? Thanks for your time

    Dianne!

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  13. Hello. I’m the lady is the photos!
    Laura, I think your “coffee grounds” will be the cautorised flesh breaking away during healing. I thought mine were kind of like oreo cookies crumbled! Once they fell out I started to bleed. After a few days the bleeding seemed to get heavier and that is when I had an infection. A course of antibiotics sorted it out no problem though.
    Dianne, I would say bleeding is normal but mine didn’t smell at all. Maybe check with your doctor as you might have an infection?

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  14. Hello and thanks for these wonderful photos. I am 29.. had colposcopy done 3 days ago and while the SMEAR result was Mild, nurse colposcopic detected an area of abnormality presumably more than mild and closer to moderate. Then he took biopsy from my cervix and I will be call back for the LEEP once the results of biopsy are out. I was just wondering if I should tell about this whole thing to my future partner especially if everything goes well after the LEEP? I mean I am single at the moment but what about in future…any comments ladies?
    thanks a lot

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  15. I am 27 years old with HPV. I had my first colposcopy and LEEP last year. Prior to that I wasn’t fully aware of HPV or what even caused abnormal paps. I am extremely knowledgeable of my body and sexuality yet I don’t recall being taught about HPV. I had several experiences like most of you women. I had to find answers myself on the internet or ask friends who have gone through this before. After going through this extremely emotional experience I am a huge advocate for getting the information out there. We need to talk about this, every woman should know this information. Our doctors and nurses need to understand what we are going through and not just blow us off. To those of you who are medical practioners and do understand, thank you. I thank you for doing this and just hope that each and every one of you can help someone else with information that can hopefully lead to prevention so less women have to go through what we have, and of course stopping cervical cancer. Again, thank you.

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  16. I totally agree … the doctors and nurses don’t tell enough and don’t explain what it exactly is! My GP told me that I had the Ward virus (another way of referring to HPV) and the doctor who did my colposcopy said most probable I no longer had the HPV! Then after the biopsy results came out, when I called the nurse, she went on giving me a more comprehensive explanation! And in between each of these, I went through too much stress, hours and hours searching the web to an extent which I even logged to Virology journals by my student account and read medical papers to understand better!(Which of course is even more misleading for a non-medical person) All these could be explained to me in less that 5 minutes by those who were handling my case! Still I am not told directly if I have the HPV! however as I have been receiving a few abnormal SMEARs, I understand at some point they must have tested my sample for HPV and they have the answer already! Thanks to you ladies for sharing your experiences.

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  17. Well, as I understand it, we’ll always carry the HPV virus (its like the coldsore virus), it could be dormant but it can become active at any time. Its when its active that it damages the cells and is contagious.

    As for future partners; use condoms. I don’t know if it would kill a fella but it could result in their future partners getting cervical cancer and dying. At least there is a vaccine against some of the HPV strains now.

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  18. I have had many colposcopies, biopsies & also laser ablation performed with a local anaesthetic (in preference to the LEEP)…the recovery time is minimal – discomfort was nothing when compared to a bad period. I’m part of an international research trial for the vaccines effectiveness in the 26-45 age group & this information interests me a whole lot. Well done wiht the photos!

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    Thulisile Reply:

    Hi

    Im 31 can you please tell me if yuo found something about HPV,I still want a baby but since i dont know the effect, I m scarede.

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  19. I just got the call yesterday that I have to go in to have the LEEP procedure done.I’m 35 yrs old and just last month found out I have HPV, had my 1st abnormal pap, and now moderate dysplasia…good lord! Some things are out of our control but I can say I have quit smoking! My only worries are that my husband and I are currently going to fertility to get pregnant. Maybe this is my body’s way of telling me “hey get me fixed before you get pregnant”!

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  20. Wow amazing to see! I had LLETZ surgery about 8-10 years ago. I was terrified, although now I can hardly remember. They wanted to knock me out with a general, but I refused, although they gave me something pretty strong that had me telling the nurse next to me that she was an angel and I loved her! I got an infection after, nothing a little antibiotics couldn’t help. I was very, very distressed by the grey ash discharge! I have only just managed to get a clear reading after all this time, my pap smears kept coming up as ‘possible abnormalities’. I went to an oncologist, who suggested we do a HPV DNA test. I have had this HPV DNA done a number of times and it is negative everytime. From this they concluded I was fine, although the last pap smear was 100% normal! I framed the letter that said I was all clear and should be tested in 2 years! My cervix is apparently spotted with scars from biopsy and the LLETZ. I have a 5 year old, and apart from a little spotting at about 10weeks (no one seemed to think this was related to the LLETZ) had no issues. My understanding is the ‘cone’ drilling can weaken the cervix and may require a stitch to be sewn into the cervix during pregnancy.

    Goodluck to any woman who is having it done.

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  21. i have to go for my LLETZ procedure on the 7th of july , i have been for several smear tests and a couple colposcopys with biopsies and my result came back as cin 3 and my smear was severely dyskaryotic, which i have been informed of (as i didnt entirely understand what this meant) by a friend who is a medical student that this means the cells are in the early stages of malignancy :(.
    I just have a couple of questions really and they are 1) how do they numb the area?is it a needle straight into the cervix or like a epidural sort of anastetic?
    2)how long do you usually bleed for? (i dont have periods as i am on the mini pill and that completly stops them so i am a little bit squeamish when it comes to things like that)
    3)when is it advised that you can go back to work? as i am a nursery nurse and work with babies so it is inevitable to not be lifting

    It would be a great help for any answers to these questions

    thank you
    xxnicolxx

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  22. I had a LEEP yesterday and I have to tell you, I would rather go through the LEEP then the biopsi that I had last week. She took a LOT of my cervix out because the biopsi from last week showed Cin III (which is just this side of cancer). My Dr was fantastic and said I could watch it on the sreen if I wanted to (I did not). I could have worked afterwards, if my legs werent’ so shaky. I am at work today. Granted I have a desk job, but I have very little pain at all. Nothing a couple of advil have not helped.

    I had an abnormal pap, was told to have the colposcope and they biopsied at that time. That was semi painful. It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would, and I am a wimp when it comes to pain. The worst part of the LEEP was the shots and although it was uncomfortable, it was not painful enough that I couldn’t ask questions and talk to the dr. Really my biggest problem was my own nervousness, not the proceedure itself. I am really happy with the way it went

    The only suggestion that I would give to the ladies that are having problems with their doctors not giving information would be when you have the dr in the office, BEFORE they do anything to you, ask them questions. It helps, and Bring a friend/partner. they will help you remember what to ask, and will help you remember what the answer is.

    My diagnosis was pretty bad, and I am sure that after they have tested what they took out of me yesterday, I will be told that it was full blown cancer. So I am happy that they cut it out. as soon as I have my follow up I will update here.

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  23. i have had my lletz procedure done this afternoon i dont really know why i was worrying so much,i was the last one on the list i was taken down at 11.30 given my general aneasthetic at 11.45 and i woke up at 12.20 and was on my way home before 1.00!i have got some aching the smallest amount of blood literaaly couple of spots so far,iv been advised not2go back2work till mon as lifting may cause the wound2open just wanted 2 say thank u 4 a wonderful site really answered a lot of questions and in a way made me relax a little xx

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  24. Well I am 1 week after my LEEP and I am still feeling great. I am bumbed because I haven’t been able to work out (i was on a weight loss program. But I have had no pain. I am sexually frustrated and wish I knew if I could give myself an orgasim without pentration) but it didn’t even occur to me to ask my Dr at that time. Other then that things are great

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    ASh Reply:

    You can use a shower head, it doesn’t penetrate. Though, best thing to do is let yourself heal, you don’t want to cause more work for your vagina than it already has to deal with.

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  25. went to the docs yesterday as still gettin pain :( he says its possibly the start of an infection boohoo hopefully it wont be!but off work for a week cause of the lifting and stuff involved!

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  26. Thanks so much…I feel so much better. I go for my LEEP procedure on August 18. After coming across this sight I’m no longer worried. I can only imagine that it may feel like the biopsy although at the time of my biopsy I was having a miscarriage and didn’t know it so I was already experiencing cramping just made it a little more intense. I’m just hoping that after the procedure that I will no longer experiece abnormal bleeding.

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  27. So I went back for my follow up today. The whole thing has gone very well. I have to go back for paps every 3 months from now on. But other then that things are good. She told me that the pathology came back as extreemly high concentration of Cin III cells and that she was glad we took out what we did. I will keep you informed if things change but it all looks good for now

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  28. Thank you for this beautiful website.
    I had the LEEP op a week ago. I was having random bleeding during intercourse for 3 years, I’ve 3 pap smears in the past 3 years and can’t recall the amount if swabs; they all came back clear docs kept telling me nothing was wrong. My partner made me see a gyno. I thought I would be wasting their time, but the biopsy result came back CIN3. I’m just glad I’ve had the LEEP done and hopefully found an answer to the bleeding, I’m anxious to see what happens after my recovery.

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  29. Hi, i had a lletz and a cone biobsy done when i was 22 i had no pain after the procedure neither any bleeding…. two months later i was pregnant could’nt carry the baby past 7 months… somehow between the premature baby and life i just never went back for check ups and now i’m 7 weeks pregnant and don’t know what to expect and scared.

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  30. I’ve had colposcopies and biopsies many times over the past 15 yrs- the first time was on a military base and they gave me very little information. The second time was about a year later and still very little info- esp. about the healing period. When “it fell out” I thought I was having a miscarriage- luckily my sister in law set me straight! Several years later I had cyrosurgery, which from reading other posts doesnt seem to be the norm. It was beyond uncomfortable and healing time was 6 weeks. Intercourse was painful for a few months. Im glad there are sites like this now- it can be a very scary time for women when they are told their pap results are abnormal!

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  31. Hi There

    I’m in the UK not sure where ppl on the site is from, so I had my LEETZ done on 19 August on the NHS. It was done under general anesthesia. I felt great after the operation, I had a bit of blood the next week, but it was also my period which was less severe than usual. I walked around quite a bit after a week and then was ill. I was bed-bound for almost 2 weeks in total then started to take it slowly again. I had 3 weeks worth of anti-biotics. Then today at work I started feeling as if I had a period and as if I was bleeding heavily. Went to the toilet and yes this was the case. There was a big black blood clot and another larger piece of flesh. Eeeew. Then the bleeding diminished again. I am praying that this was the end of it. I was all optimistic before today telling my partner we would have sex next week if all goes well. I hope that can still be the case, I’m not feeling so confident. Not sure if I should ring the hospital where I had the treatment just to check this is all normal?

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  32. Hi
    I am a 43 yr old female. I have had history of abnormal smears, at risk HPV, diathermy, lletz and recently cone biopsy from around age 22. I have had 2 kids (now teens) and 2 terminations.
    I have just been advised that I need a hysterectomy and am in total shock.

    My cervix has become so thin due to cutting that specialists are concerned with any further treatments they will go through to the stomach or vagina. The last treatment (cone biopsy) given was purely to try and get samples for a colposcopy due to cervical stenosis and inability to perform satisfactory smear tests and/or colposcopy. The treatment failed and the stenosis has returned worse than previously. However, on a good note – there were abnormal cells CIN2 found, which had not showed on smears (the smears are only as accurate as the area in which they are taken and in my case, affected areas are unreachable and/or i bleed too much).

    My questions are: how common is this? anyone else have/had it? is my body just strange in the manner it heals/doesnt heal (apparently its still not completely healed 6 months after the surgery) and I have no infection? Could my problems be due to incompetent surgeons, pregnancies or purely unlucky? I cant seem to find much information online and unfortunately, came away from the appointment a little shell shocked.

    Whilst I am super grateful that I am alive due to early intervention, I had no idea that this could be an unfortunate side effect. If I had known, I think I would have adopted a ‘wait and see if the body reverts’ approach. I really wish back then, I had had more information. So, women please try and find out as much as you can before consenting to surgery. In my case, I may have developed cancer or not but the treatment will be the same.

    Luckily (although I am going through the 40+ hormonal wanting more children rush!) I have had my children and yes, they were relatively normal (a little early) pregnancies. I had CIN1 during my 2nd pregnancy but it reverted back to normal once my hormones had settled.

    Thanks for listening to my rant – if anyone has any other information/websites please share!

    BTW awesome site – I will be showing to my daughter. Education is good!

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  33. I had a leep about a year ago. All of my paps have come back fine since, thank God. I had the HPV vaccine well before I ever became sexually active and had my partner tested before we stopped using condoms. The procedure went fine. I could feel the needle injecting the anesthesia which was a bit uncomfortable but nothing major.

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  34. Hi

    I am 23years old and have been told that I have very mild cell changes in my cervix. I have to get a LEEP done and I am just worried that I am too young for this. The minimum age to even get a smear in Ireland is 25 and here I am getting such a procedure done at only 23.
    Will this procedure affect me in the long run does anybody know?

    Thanks xxxxx

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  35. I have had my share of surgeries….biopsies…colpos..cone, leep, and laser surgery. 3 in a years time. Started with cin3 and slowly degressed to a cin1 & 2. I had not had children or they would have recommended a hystorectomy. Talk about being scared, emotional & confused. I had great doctors, my ob sent me to an oncolgist. They work with this all the time…ask questions, be aggressive in getting information, ask for a specialist. Since I had not had a family he treated me not as aggressive (not taking huge chunks out of my cervix) which should help to conceive later. Since then I was lucky to conceive a year after my surgeries I had to have

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  36. My cervix sewn shut to carry full term, small price to pay for my blessing of being able to have my baby. its been 9 months and have had 2 normal paps since my delivery and hoping for my next one to be also… always get your screenings, ask question, don’t settle let’s fight and take a stand against cervical cancer….thx for this site. knowledge is power.

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    LR Reply:

    How soon did you have to have the stitch put in?

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  37. Has anyone had multiple abnormal paps but a negative biopsy?

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    tina Reply:

    i have abnormal smears since 1999 its now 2011 and had first leep last week still feel rough no reeults back yet they said two weeks is it normal to have terrible cramps

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  38. LLETZ removes less tissue than a cone biopsy – just the ‘transformation zone’ at the margin between uterine type cells (made for nourishing babies) and vaginal cells (tough, like skin, made for handling lots of friction!). It is this ‘transition’ between two different types of cells that makes them prone to ‘switch’ to fast growing malignant cells, either with or without the influence of hpv which makes it more likely to occur (like a wart on the skin, hpv makes skin cells multiply abnormally). Abnormal changes begin on the surface and can grow deeper – if this is the case then a ‘cone biopsy’ is needed to remove the deeper cells, hopefully getting rid of them before it spreads to lymph nodes (=BAD).
    LLETZ is not thought to affect your ability to carry a child to term. Cone biopsy, because it removes more and the cervix has such a complex job to play in keeping a baby where it should be for nine months, can make the cervix more unstable and your obstetrician may recommended a simple stitch in early pregnancy to keep it closed, this remains in throughout pregnancy and is removed at term.

    Sarah, LLETZ in your early twenties is tricky – although in young women that ‘transition area’ can show signs which resemble abnormalities but then spontaneously revert to normal, if you live in an area which performs early smears this is because they have a high rate of young cases of full blown cancer – remember Jade Goody died at 23. So on balance, if you have been recommended LLETZ, it isn’t going to have long term consequences and could save your life, though I’m sure if you ask for a repeat colposcopy in say six months they would do that, and reconsider your options then, as the cells may have reverted to normal.

    Provincial Doctor

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  39. Have any of you wondered why so many women have these treatments and biopsies for a rare cancer? 1% of women would get cancer with no pap testing, yet the test is so unreliable that 95% of you will at some stage be referred for colposcopy (and usually some sort of biopsy) – that is huge over-detection and over-treatment. Almost all referrals are false positives. Women under 25 don’t benefit from smears, but 1 in 3 pap smears in this age group will be “abnormal” while cancer is very rare – they’re false positives and these poor young women face biopsies and harmful treatments. 1 in 14 paps are “abnormal” in older women – almost all false positives.
    You can get an abnormal pap for infection, inflammation (tampons, condoms, athletic sex), hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), trauma (childbirth) and for perfectly normal changes that occur in young women with the cervix still maturing and through transient HPV infections. Our immune system takes care of these problems.
    The awful damage caused by this test is shocking – some women are left with health issues – infertility, miscarriages, high risk pregnancy, premature babies and psych issues.
    I’d urge all women to protect their cervix and do some research before agreeing to this testing. A high risk woman has a remote chance of benefiting from smears, but 5 yearly testing from 30 reduces the risk of false positives and these sorts of nasty procedures. Low risk woman have a near zero risk of this cancer – I fall into that category and have always declined screening.
    These treatments leave no pathology either concealing over-treatment – always get your pathology after a biopsy. Many women assume these treatments are about cancer, but they’re rarely about cancer, usually about an unreliable test. An abnormal pap test is a real problem in LESS than 1% of cases.
    See: Richard DeMay, “Should we abandon pap smear testing” available online & research by Angela Raffle, 1000 women need regular smears for 35 years to save one woman from cervix cancer – that’s rare! (BMJ, 2003)
    Dr Joel Sherman’s patient privacy blog under women’s privacy issues has all the references in the sidebar.

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  40. I’m so unlucky believing i was fine just medicine whatever doc prescibed n told me just infection and its fine.It was done in veitnam hospital , fv french hospital worse that never checked well so do emergency site that my pain i ve to waited doc and asked my husband chased , one hour cant even attend u, i explained my pain also..anyway in end i went my hometown visit specialist and found ive abnormal then i found out ive to do LLETZ PROCEDURE ASAP. SO ANGER IN VIETNAM

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  41. I am so happy to have found this website. My first abnormal pap was 2 years ago and I am just about to go back for a follow up after my first acid wash treatment…terrified that I will have to go for a LEEP or LLETZ. I was given pretty good info from my doc who detected the bad cells, but then I moved and the doctor I am seeing now makes me nervous. My first doc was a Columbia med school grad who never cause me an ounce of pain– not even in colposcopy. This doctor felt like she was carving out my cervix when only biopsying 3 spots…I was shocked because I had such a good experience with my previous doctor. How do I find a doctor who actually uses the minor local anesthetic? My first doc used both lidocaine and an injection, the second doc used nothing at all. I just don’t trust my new doctor and don’t know how to find one I DO like. If my colposcopy was bad…I can only imagine what a surgical procedure would be like…

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  42. My girlfriend just had a LEEP done a few days ago. It seemed like a very simple procedure and from what she told me it didnt hurt to bad. So, anyone having it done, I think you should be ok. Just try to be positive! :)

    Her nurse just called today and said that it has spread into her cervix??? Maybe I am wrong with the wording on this… but she has to have another surgery now. For this one they will be putting her to sleep and entering her cervix or tube or something….

    I am so scared for her, but ofcourse I dont show her that…. Well, I just started doing some research on this all and I came across this great website. So, Thank you for anyone that made this site and everyone that contributed their info. Anyway, Can someone please shed some light on what is going on with my girlfriend?

    Thank you! Ryan

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  43. I guess I’m pretty lucky. I came back positive for HPV last year. They told me it was probably a Type 8, 14, or 15, IIRC. Basically, I got one of the harmless types. It’s supposed to go away in a year or two. I still hate the fact that I have to tell people I have an STD, no matter how harmless.

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  44. Last year my pap smear came back abnormal a biopsy was done which came back negative of cancer cells but I was diagnosed with HPV and was given antibiotics. This year I had to go to a new doctor because I moved and I am currently 16 weeks pregnant. I went in for a pap smear that came back abnormal then had to go back in for a biopsy and colposcopy. The results came back from the biopsy which said that I’m a step away to getting cancer and I have to get a leep done 6 weeks after I give birth and that on my 2nd to 3rd trimester i need to have another colposcopy. My old doctor in Miami wants to see the tests results from my new doctor in Orlando. I’m really stressed out and don’t understand how a year ago the biopsy didn’t detect anything and now I have severe abnormal cells a step away from cancer. In a way I don’t know if to trust my doctor tests etc. Any advice? I hope everything turns out okay it’s worse because I’m pregnant and concerned with all these tests being done.

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  45. I had cryosurgery done in 1996 at age 19 and then had a LEEP in 1998 at age 21. My was CIN4, which is now categorized as cancerous. I had my daughter via vaginal delivery in 2001. My OB checked my cervix regularly via ultrasound to make sure it was not compromised. (I had a close friend who required a cerclage and bedrest at 12 weeks for each pregnancy due to a cone biopsy.) I don’t really know the cause of mine, as they weren’t testing for HPV back then.

    I have had normal paps since (and once read a study that said if you have a vaginal delivery after an abnormal pap, the abnormal cells are often sloughed off and won’t recur.)

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    Rosemarie Reply:

    what you mean abnormal cells and often sloughed off and wont recur just wondering what that means thank you.

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  46. Two days ago I had a colposcopy and biopsy due to a pap test revealing abnormal cells classified as CIN3. My doctor suggested laser ablation, but I am curious about the cost due to the fact that I have no insurance. If anyone knows, please respond with as much information about the cost of any procedures related to removing dysplastic cervical cells. Thank You.

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  47. Hi, just wanted to say “thank you” for such a great website. I had the LETTZ procedure yesterday – was dreading it, read up on it loads, and as I waited in the hospitial waiting area, the girl in front came out in tears after refusing to have it done!…However, after 3 ‘mild’ colposcopy results, I knew the room and the people and it went fine. My fantastic partner came with me and sat beside me the entire time – it was very calming. They talked me through it every step of the way and showed me the sample at the end (just like the photoson this website). I had a coil fitted, which had to be removed also. The local anaesthetic was no problem, just a tiny sting – then nothing. My legs started to shake lots, but I was warned of this. No heart palpitations though, although some ladies find this. Am not really sore today – just being careful and probably over compensating! I have had no discharge or bleeding yet, but I guess this is to come? I firmly believe that prevention is better than cure, so to have this done was a ‘no brainer’ for me. I want to have children in the next year or so (am mid 30s)..and was told this should not complicate things – just need to be cautious whilst carrying. Hope this may help someone out there??……Fight the good fight ladies! x

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    teresa aerts Reply:

    Had the LEEP done yesterday, I had my self so scared for nothing. The procedure was painless and mild bleeding so far,cramping and a back ache simalar to child birth. Over all I feel great.

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    Beatrice Reply:

    Its really frightening to be told you have an abnormal pap smear. It was so hard for me to take it in and especially when a doctor i saw for the first pap smear received the result and said i shoud re-do it in three months time. I waited and did so and he results were the same HSIL. After consultation with a friend, i was advised to have a LEEP procedure. I feared and thank God the service provider i saw was welcoming and answered my queries witha lot of compassion that i left the clinic feeling much better and booked for LEEP procedure. On the D-Day, i remained in the house went through comments from other people and it was awful when one mentioned it was damn painful. I stopped reading more experiences and consoled my self. I had a good time with my service provider and by the time the procedure was taking place, i breathed in hard and relaxed. Guess what i never felt a thing. After 20 mins i was through and the sample was given to me to take to a lab for further investigation. Its now 11 days and i have been using pads due to the slight discharge. Ladies, it’s my plea that we all get a PAP SMEAR to avert any eventualities in our precious lives.
    Thanks

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  48. Hi, I had a leep done three days ago now to treat aggressive CIN3 , I was initially very frightened but woke up afterwards feeling no pain whatsoever. Yesterday I started getting a bit of tummy cramping and some bleeding if I do too much. What is really disturbing is the large pieces of brown skin that keep falling out. I was told to expect disharge or slight bleeding but until I found this site I was thinking something had gone wrong.I get some results back in two weeks, so it’s now a waiting game.
    Thankyou SOOOOO much ladies for sharing your experiences…I Hope you all have many many negative results in the future.

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  49. I had this procedure done yesterday. For me the injections were the worst part but having said that I have had more painful procedures for other things, so it puts it into perspective.Oh and the burning smell when the Dr cauterised the wound. The whole thing only took minutes and after the injections there was no pain.I bled very little but had minor cramps that night for which I took paracetamol. Don’t be afraid to write down any questions you have for your doctor if you have any concerns and don’t worry about the procedure !Now comes the wait for the results. (that,s probably worse than the op.)

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  50. Hi everybody,
    I’m 23 and I had the leep procedure just over six weeks ago. The procedure went well, the gyno said it was all removed (CIN I and II), and the 6 week follow up was all good. I waited six weeks (with an all clear from the gyno) to have sex again, but I was very tight at first. Afterwards, it didn’t hurt but then I began to bleed afterwards. I’ve been told to wait for my next period by the gyno, and then see if I bleed again. Has this happened to anyone else?
    Also, I did some of my own “exploring” and felt where they cut out the cells, it was circular. I was not aware this would happen. My gyno made no mention of this. My question is whether my partner’s pleasure will be affected by the little “circle” in my cervix? I’m really upset and scared that sex will never be the same again.

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  51. I had the procedure on 3 weeks ago and until now I’m still spotting. It’s getting lesser and lesser each day but I’m getting anxious about it.

    Anyways, the procedure was a bit traumatic for me. As soon as I had the local anesthesia my legs started shaking, I had palpitations, my heart pounded very fast and I felt very dizzy. I thought I was going to pass out. It was so hard to breathe. I felt a little pain during the actual LEEP procedure. After that, I still felt very dizzy and couldn’t stand up. They monitored my BP for 2 hours (it was very low) and waited until I was no longer that dizzy. When I left the hospital I was still a bit dizzy and had a hard time on my way back home. I actually threw up as soon as I got home.

    I felt dizzy for the next two days and still felt like my chest was so tight.

    I’m feeling a lot better now and just waiting for the spotting to stop. My doctor told me to see her next week if it doesn’t stop by then.

    Any advice on how you keep yourself healthy to make sure the next pap smear will be normal? I believe stress has an effect?

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  52. I had a few irregular paps about 6 years ago and they have been normal since the birth of my son 4 years ago. Yet, I have irregular bumps on the cervix that tend to emit a white discharge at times, this occurs when I am not ovulating and especially just before the onset of my period. The doctor was not concerned. Is this normal or should I get a second opinion??

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    could they be nabothian cysts?
    a milky cervical discharge before your period is normal for a lot of women.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabothian_cyst

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  53. I did further research and found a good link that offers information on cervical self exams and discusses signs of both “normal” and “abnormal” conditions of cervix. Check it out.

    http://www.fwhc.org/health/selfcare.htm

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    Marie Reply:

    Thanks for sharing this Nadine. I have been looking for a speculum and will order the one from this website.

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  54. Thank you for this wonderful website its very informative. I had my LLETZ done on the 22 March 2001 I must say it wasn’t quiet a pleasant experience,when I came back from the doctor I was very very emotional and crying,it was not because I felt pain but because I felt sad and uncomfortable. I was slightly bleeding as if I was on my period they the next day at around 9oclock in the evening I started bleeding HEAVILY, clots loads and loads of blood clots something which I had never experienced in my life, I bleed clots the whole of Wedneday night “didn’t get any sleep at all”. Thursday the whole day until I decided to go and see my doctor as I was feeling week because of the blood loss. The doctor gave me an injection to stop the bleeding and prescribed some iron supplement and the bleeding stop friday after two days and two nights of hell .After two weeks I had my period lighter than usuall and then I been having a watery discharge which ha an odour.Its been 4weeks now going on 5 I don’t know when is the right time for me to have an intercourse please help me out.

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  55. Thanks for this website and in particular this page! I just had LEEP done this morning. It was ok but I was just so stressed. Thankfully I had a wonderful dr and a chatty nurse to help me through it. It is helpful to read about what happens next in the above comments.

    My dr recommends waiting six months before trying to conceive but I’m going to try three months later once follow-up is all clear since she said that the cervix will never recover to its original state anyway. I’m getting old and don’t wish to wait anymore.

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  56. I had an abnormal pap and then a colposcopy which was a little uncomfortable. The cells came back pre-cancerous for squamous. Then had the Leep which was vertually pain free. I rested for the day but have had discharge and then heavier bleeding(probably my period) but other then that all the cells seemed to have been removed. Just hope the cervix heals so the bleeding can stop!!!!

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  57. This is a great website, very informational. I just had a colposcopy about 1.5 months ago and my leep 1 week ago. The colposcopy was relatively painless. Minor period type cramping was all that I experienced. The LEEP was a bit more traumatic for me. The injection for the local was very painful but really the worst part was the pinching pain that I felt from the clamps that they used. I did not feel the procedure itself at all. I smelt a little bit of a burning smell and that was all. I had a small amount of cramping the first 2 days but it wasnt nearly as several as my periods. The bleeding was mild the first day and I had very light spotting after that. I am at 7 days now since my procedure and the bleeding has pretty much stopped. I have some very tiny black chunks but nothing that is frightening to me yet. I am glad that I went through this procedure mostly because they did find cancer in the biopsy from this procedure that was not spotted in the colposcopy or the initial pap. Although it was painful, at least I still have hope that everything will be ok through the rest of this.

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    Milee Reply:

    I’d like to thank you for mentioning the clamp pinch. My experience sounds just like yours. How are you now?

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    kathy Reply:

    Thank you for replying. I wanted to mention the clamp pinch because it was the one thing i never saw in the posts. I wasnt expecting that to happen and it was actually the worst part of the procedure for me. The rest of it was a piece of cake. I ended up healing very well from it. I didnt experience any extra pain, no strange spotting, etc from it. As i mentioned in the post, they did find cancer and I actually just had a hysterectomy and i am in recovery from it right now. That experience has been much more frightening mostly because of the unknowns that are involved and of course the surgery is much more painful. My main focus through this has been keeping a positive attitude and learning as much as i can about what i am going to experience. That seemed to help me keep me calm through this so far since I basically know what to expect next and I am not trying to make off the cuff decisions. I am still waiting for my pathology reports from my surgery to come back but so far it sounds like this whole thing will be winding down for me soon.

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    candy Reply:

    It really did hurt when I heard the sound from the ‘clamp pinch’ I told the nurse it sounded like they were using a large industrial stapler!

  58. hi…well i had the lletz done on 11th may 2011 which the dr said i had cin3 and have just had a letter from the hospital saying they don’t know whether they got all the abnormal cells and that they are sending it off to the pathologist … someone told me that its just a procedure they send you incase something happens…but to be quite honest i’m absolutely terrified now as i’m thinking all sorts of things and getting really stressed and crying every time i think about it …was wondering if anyone has had this sent to them? would really appreciate any help.

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  59. Im just wondering if you have any plans for showing a cervix after this procedure has been done..
    I had cin3 pre children, my first son i had ruptured membarnes at 32 wks, he arrived at 33wks by emergency c/s after my cervix did not dialte. The OB at the time thought i had too much scar tissue around my cervix and therefore it was unable to dialate.

    my second pregancy was going to try VBAC & had ruptured membranes at 38wks, but 48hrs after PROM no labour i had another c/s.
    i’d be interested in seing what my cervix really looks like if it in fact has scar tissue or not, we are ttc baby 3 now. i never had a problem falling pregnant so obvisouly cervix still allowed frendly sperm in there!

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  60. I have CIN 3 and am having the LLETZ procedure done under general anesthetic tomorrow. Had a laser cone done twice before back in 2002 and 2004. Am feeling anxious and nervous as this is my third surgery to my cervix and I’m 31 and wanting to start a family soon. I hope all goes well and I have no future CIN recurrence or complications with falling pregnant and giving birth.

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  61. I am 26. I found out I have the HPV virus on honeymoon.After the first biopsy my docter informed me that I have HPV 39 a very agressive strand.I had a LLETZ last monday to buy me time to have children.During the operation they did another biopsy and discovered it was very deep.tonight two stitches came out.is it normal to have stiches?

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  62. I had a laser procedure done about 9 years ago to remove abnormal tissue. I was informed in July that I need a LEEP done to remove more abnormal tissue. I feel very uncomfortable about the whole situation, particularly due to the seeming lack of knowledge and care from my doctors office. I left a message for the nurse more than 2 weeks ago after canceling the appointment I had set for the LEEP. Still no call back from her… I am 31 years old and my husband and I are planning to get pregnant with our first child later this year or early next. We have decided to have a natural birth at home and I am scared the LEEP will interfere with my ability to do that. I really don’t even want this procedure done but am really scared of the tissue progressing into something worse like cancer. Are there natural alternatives? Looking for any advice, encouragement, etc… Thanks!

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  63. I had a LEEP performed 6 years ago and have had normal paps up until now. My first biopsy was absolutely horrible and I ended up passing out after the procedure, so my LEEP was an out-patient surgery, (thank goodness). After 6 years I’m having to experience this all again, I’m absolutely and completely terrified at having another biopsy done because of how much pain and such I was in after the first. I know I need to get it taken care of, but I’m just scared I’m going to have to be dealing with this for the rest of my life.

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  64. I have had 3 LEEP’s now and hope that I am done. For the last LEEP I was sent to an Oncologist since it seems my CIN III is not going away. I probably only have enough cervix left for another LEEP before other options have to be pursued. The actual procudure isn’t so bad (mine were all local), but the bleeding, clotting, and anxiety afterwards is draining. I hope that all of us get to the point of having a normal Pap one day soon! For me my biggest worry is making sure I am able to have kids one day soon (I am 35 and plan to get married next year). Luckily, having a great partner, friends, and websites like this make this journey a little easier.

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  65. hi all,

    i had col. and biopsy in june waited whole 7 weeks for my results to be told had cin2 and went for lletz 2days later, had 3 abnormal smears prev and seen as my mum died of cervical cancer thought they might send me after 2 took year and half before i was checked properley pretty disgusted, anyway procedure was bearable just embarassing and uncomfortable, had bad cramps for few days and couldnt exercise for 3 weeks as i would get the cramps again,bleed quite a bit on and off felt worn out so when to docs, i had infection so antibiotics helped me just cleared up (6 weeks), so had intercourse and back to the black chunks and bleeding FED UP :(

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  66. My doctor phoned me today to tell me that I need to get a LLETZ in October and this website has made me feel a lot more comfortable about the operation
    Cheers!

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    Elizabeth (Aust) Reply:

    Ever wondered why so many women are having “treatment” after an “abnormal” pap test when the cancer is rare and was always rare? False positives caused by unreliable pap testing, which leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments.
    You can minimize the risks by refusing pap testing until you’re 30 (testing doesn’t change the tiny death rate from cc, but young women produce the most false positives – testing is harm and risk for no benefit) and then adopting a program that provides some protection from false positives – 5 yearly from age 30 or even consider a high risk HPV test (self-test kits are available in the Netherlands and elsewhere) – it now seems women who are negative at age 30 and in a monogamous relationship or no longer sexually active, can forget testing or have another hrHPV test infrequently – not more than 5 yearly!
    We don’t need to cause this much worry and damage to the poor cervix – there are much better ways – ways that attempt to protect the more than 99% of women who’ll never have an issue with this cancer and can never benefit from any sort of testing.
    Pap testing and rare cervical cancer has been turned into an industry and is largely about profits.

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  67. I had LLETZ done today I’m 27 and was originally just going in for them to look a bit closer with the camera she said of she can see what’s on my smear they will do this op under local anaesthetic! I was scared an felt ill. They sat me down an talked me through it all felt a bit of a pins an needle sensation as needle went in to numb me, then I felt a bit of pulling an the bit were they scooped it out. They then had to cortorize the bleeding which didn’t hurt although the thought of what they was doing was the worst bit not the pain an the smell was a bit weird again it was more in the mind I was shaky an White after it but was glad it was over!! Pain wise it’s fine just a bit of a shock as I wasn’t planning on getting it done today.

    I’ve got to wait 3 weeks now for results I’ve got sort of period like pains and I can’t work for two weeks as my jobs a fitness instructor the only thing I’m not looking forward to is the black blood I’ve heard getting mentioned in above posts, an the risk of infection but I suppose these things are NOTHING if it means I’m ok so fingers crossed, I’ll update on here when I get results 😉 xx

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  68. I am Dr.Ajabrao Vasu from India.I have done 1500 colposcopies .I have saved life of 200 patients.I am doing Cryosurgery for CIN I & CIN II regularly .More comfortable than LEEP as no anasthesia required.Repeat PAP Smear after Cryosurgery was Negative.

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  69. i had a cone biopsy surgey in Oct. 7. after the procedure, i did not have any bleeding for 1 week. but, after 1 week, i had my period. the bleeding was very heavy for 4 days. i usually had 4 days of my period . it has been 9 days now since my period but im still bleeding. i could consume 3 to 4 pads a day now after that heavy bleeding. im worried. is it normal?

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  70. Hello,
    I am a 45 yr old female. I had done pop test and the doctor told me that i have pre-cancerous cells. However when i had to go back 6 months later my result come back that there is no abnormal cells anymore and doctor told me to do another follow up in 6 month later and i have done another pop test and today the doctor mention to me that that my results came back abnormal. PLEASE advise what caused this abonormal cells come back.

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  71. Did your Neurologist do an EMG yet to see if a neural is being pressurized in your hands or leg yet. I would also obtain a Orthosurgeon or Neurosurgeon to see what their cure is and can let you know if it`s necessary to have surgical procedures. Get more than one viewpoint and trust you may obtain a Dr. to help soon.
    James Makker, MD

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  72. So I had the leep done yesterday for me it was painful not enough to cry but enough to ask for pain killers .I was told to come back today to have packing removed.I was uncomfortable and it started the cramps again .I have stage 3 cells .im not looking foward to the large clots or heavy bleeding , being that I had abnormal bleeding for 3 months.
    So I guess its a waiting game to see if I got them big C.I want to say god bless all of you ladies, and im sending up prayers for all who’s waiting to know :)

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  73. I believe what you have said is correct. Men nowadays are continuing to exploring options for them to look good. It’s not just for the physical aspect but for your self esteem also. Can you post more details of men that face post-surgical depression? Do you have the numbers or statistics or perhaps testimonies? Thank you.
    James Makker, MD

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  74. So 2years ago i got an abnormal smear test, i have had 3 since then, I had really crappy doctors but finally got a transfer to our womens hospital so they did the col’ and my cervix turned white, so they did the biopsy im now going in for LLETZ. I have to wait another 2.5months to get in because we have a crap health care system over here. Im kind of freaking out but really i just want it over with. I have other problems with my reproductive system but my doctor doesnt know what it is yet (after 2 years). I am only 20 yrs old so i have been dealing with this since i was 18. I have had problems with past surgeries so they want to keep my awake which im not all that keen on. I dont want to do it on my own does anyone think they would let me take my mother into the op room with me? i suffer from anxiety already and i have feeling i may freak out if im on my own.

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  75. Going in for LEEP tomorrow morning at my gynecologist’s office. Not sure if I have CIN 2 or CIN 3– she didn’t tell me, but I’m going to ask. I am 27 years old, and had my first pap test about 5 months ago. My first pap test came back positive for LSIL. I went in for biopsy, which was overall OK, except my doctor took 2 samples– one from the surface of the cervix (which I didn’t feel at all), and one from the canal, which brought on cramps with the pain of a thousand periods.

    I’ve read about quite a bit of women who have gone under anesthesia for LEEP. I will not have anesthesia, so I’m going to ask my doctor about why some women have it and some don’t. I’m not particularly concerned with any renegade sounds or smells (cause hey, I’ve smelled some weird things in my 27 years), but I am a little scared about the shaking and the…..electricity.

    Hopefully everything will be just fine. I’m cautiously optimistic that this won’t be a big deal. I’ve talked to a lot of friends about it, and they either have had it themselves or know someone who has had it. This “surgery” or “procedure” (or whatever you wanna call it) is so prevalent that we ALL know someone who has dealt with this.

    Good luck to all women reading this site– I truly believe that we are all stronger than we think we are. And we will make it through this!

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  76. Hi

    Thanks for putting this up, I’ve found it very helpful. I’m 23 and doctors have found CIN2-3 cells after my first smear and biopsy. I’m having lletz next week and was very nervous. I feel much more at ease knowing it’s not that bad.

    Thanks again x x

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  77. I have just had a colposcopy with biopsy done. I was given full instruction on the procedures by my family doc and by the colposcopy clinic. When I had the colposcopy every single step was explained, then at the end cervical curettaging was done without my knowledge. It was the worst pain I had ever felt. I’m wondering, why was it done without telling me before, during or after it was done? Also, after doing some research, it seems that local anesthetic is usually given before curettaging is done. I was not given anything or was even told it was being done. Please can someone give some feedback. I am really disturbed by this.

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    Jessie Reply:

    Hi Anie,

    I just had the same experience – went for a colposcopy – referred by my internist and that’s ALL I was told. I knew what a colposcopy was, based on my own research, did not even know that I would be having a biopsy. She pretty much shoved the damn thing up there, without lubricant, and did not tell me what she was doing. When she cauterized my cervix I actually YELLED and jumped, she had to tell me to keep still. No forewarning, no NOTHING. I think because of my reaction, she made a big deal about whatever they put in my vagina at the end, even though that was a piece of cake. I am utterly disgusted by my experience and actually came home and cried. The doc gave me so little explanation, and she is the CHIEF of Gynecology at this hospital, go figure. Just wanted to vent to you and let you know that you are not alone in your experience.

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  78. I last posted here in july 2010 when i had<had my lletz procedure, i went on2 have infection after infection,, I went for a smear test in october 2010 which came back normal for the first time ever wahooo then went back in april 2011 for a routine colposcopy which also showed that everything was ok (except i hadnt healed properly so had some silver nitrate applied to the area)at this point i was told that i didnt need2be seen for another year, In september this year they sent for me for another smear for october :( also at the end of september i had an abnormal bleed and pain in the area where i had my last operation i went to the doctors and they gave me antiiotics and did swabs (4 infection) these came back normal on october 5th 2011 i went for my smear and the nurse after doing the test said to me "promise that you will go back and push for tests if you carry on getting these pains even if your smear comes back normal" i got my results back within 2weeks! (which is very quick)so i immediatly knew something was wrong my letter said that i had abnormalities again which were mild i was booked in for another colposcopy on fri 18th nov which whilst there my consultant told me that his letter said that it was severe!he started the procedure which once again (since my first operation) hurt like hell!he confirmed that there was an area that needed 2 be removed again!so he did it there and then which was awful!he never gave me any explanation to why this has happened again!has anyone else had this happen to them as it was completely removed after the first op then one normal smear and a normal colposcopy then 6months later mild dyskarotic then a mont and a week later severly dyskartic :( is this going to keep happening to me? please help sorry for the essay xx

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  79. I had the LEEP procedure done 11 days ago, the day after the procedure i went back to work and wore a pantyliner, i had very light water shedding which got progressively heavy per each following day then about the 7th day after the procedure there was a faint presence of blood in the water shedding discharge which progressed to a lot of blood, (still using panty liners) for about 3 days. Now on the 11th day I am wearing a pad and noticing blood clots….I have a post procedure doc appt in 5 days, but if the bleeding gets out of control Im going to see if I can go in sooner to make sure its not an infection. The procedure itself was just fine, the put me to sleep and it seemed like it lasted for only 15 mins…

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    nicola Reply:

    hiya elizabeth
    im so glad you wrote this i to had no bleeding just watery discharge that got worse im now on day 7 since my loop and iv started bleeding, did anyone tell you this was normal? i just find it weird how its taken 7days to start when most had it straight away, i hope you recovered well and you are now all clear :)

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  80. just had a follow up meeting with the doctor and when I told her about the bleeding she took a look inside my cervix and said she saw something about the size of a small grape that looks like its coming out, she said she had never seen that before. she looked completely perplexed. she put my silver nitrate inside to stop the bleeding and she ordered a ultrasound to take a look at this other thing she said it may be a polyp, maybe being the keyword. As far as the dysplasia she said its a cin2 and to comeback in 6 months to keep an eye out on that, and that there is a 40% chance that it will heal on its on. SO all would have been good news today if it werent for this unknown thing inside my cervix…wish me luck and healthy cervix

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  81. Hi everyone I just wana share my story with you all. I am 22 yes old and 2 yrs ago I had an abnormal smear and it came back as CIN1 and therefore went for a biopsy and was then told everything should clear on its own. So far so good. Then in August this year I had another smear done (I’d been avoiding them until then!) and this result came back as CIN3 in my letter. By the time I’d got my letter I’d found out I was pregnant. My GP and surgery nurse really got me wound up about these results and I became really stressed. A few days later I ended up miscarrying, maybe telling me to get everything fixed before having babies?. I then got an urgent appointment which I have just went to today. The guy had a look and said that it had actually not been as bad as the letter had said that it was! I was shocked but really relieved at the same time! He then went on and offered me to either have just the biopsy or he can go ahead with treatment it was up to myself although he may be doing unesassary treatment that needent be required! I then made up my mind there and then and had my treatment done and I am so glad that I did unesassary or not as I have had a lot of stress removed from me. The treatment was not bad at all and the worst part is the anesthetic other than that it’s grand. My advice to all ladies is never ever miss your smear! I’m now looking to the future and maybe I will meet my little baby nxt yr :-) fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone xx

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  82. I am having the LEEP procedure in a few days. All the posts were very helpful. I still have a few questions. How long does it take to heal and how soon after the procedure were you able to have sexual intercourse? Were there any complications with sex?

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    Christina Reply:

    Generally the doctor will advise you when you can resume sexual activities, but usually its a month to six weeks. You may feel a bit tender when you resume sex because your cervix will still be sensitive, but nothing major. Healing time varies and depends on your definition of healing. Over time the cervix will heal, but you will find that the bleeding and such will stop about 4-6 weeks after the procedure. All of this depends on how much they will remove and your general body. I think with mine I was fine to resume activities after about 3 days and sex after 6 weeks. My advice is to keep yourself hydrated and just take care of yourself. The procedure isn’t invasive but still requires you look after yourself.

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  83. JUST WANT TO SHARE MY STORY: :) I had abnormal results for 3 years before I did anything about it. I’m 23 currently and I did not have insurance, then I found out about a income based clinic in UAB in Birmingham, Al. I dealt with my health dept. in town and they sent the referral and then I was all set to go. On Aug 10th. I have to say I was soo very nervous but the guy I have been involved with went with me and did his best to support me. I went in the back There was 4 people, all women, 1 student, 1 doctor and 2 nurses. They were insanely sweet and supportive. I got into position as one nurse placed the acid and idine solution on my cervix. I began to cramp INTENSELY. Just the cotton swab and solution made me feel like the worse period ever! I dont think this is common though, just my experience. I began to tear up it was so bad. They did the exam and informed me they would have to take biopsys. Well they ended up taking four different pieces. The actual cut really just felt like a pinch but my cramping was so intense i began to cry. The nurse held my hand to comfort me. Soon it was all finished (lasted about 30 minutes-40 minutes). I was lucky and had amazing nurses which did their best to calm me down, I even recieved a hug from one of them. I got up made myself stop crying and got dressed and went into the lobby. I had enough time to look at my guy and say “That hurt so..” and burst out crying. This experience was bad but I’m not trying to scare you, because each woman is different but it is something to be prepared for! I am currently waiting on results from my LEEP procedure taken on 11-11-11. (it takes awhile when your dealing with income based clinics). That one was SOO much easier than the colposcopy and biopsy! I went into the clinic, and they sent me back, of course im absolutely terrified because of my experience with the colposcopy. This time i had 2 male doctors and a female nurse in with me. Everyone was very nice and the males made sure I felt comfortable, I was at the end part of a 9 day period (cant win for losing! haha) which they still agreed to see me with. Well got into position and spectulum in and i had already begun to lightly cramp, again just the cotton swab sent my cervix into a spasm and caused me to tear up. Then came the shots.. It was a very big pinch but not unbareable, but I instantly burst into tears because the pinch caused a wave of intense cramping. (also idk if this is normal for most people). The nurse grabbed my hand and i put my other arm over my face to cover the sobbing. It was that bad. (first 2-3 minutes) I began shaking like a leaf due to the ephinephrine, which became slightly embarressing.They put this rubber pad on my leg and then began to get to work, the machine seemed loud, but when he actually began cutting things it just felt warm, NO pain and almost no cramping after the first 5 minutes. He worked fast and was very apologetic. He explained exactly what he was doing before he did it. The nurse began to tell me care prodecures and such to distract me. All in all I was in the back for maybe 15-20 minutes. I was still shaking when I left the clinic, The same guy took me to this procedure too, and of course I cried all the way to the car and for a good 20 minutes after wards, more so from the sheer mental exhaustion than just the pain. I took 3 days off work , as I had some exhaution issues after the colposcopy. I took it very easy after the LEEP. Well a week later (exactly 7 days) i woke up and a giant blood clot came out, thinking it was healing pocess. I didnt think anything about it so I put a pad on and went to bed, well a hour later i woke up covered in blood to a massive degree, I just happened to be in bimringham seeing my guy when this occured. Well i got up and cleaned up. This is NOT NORMAL Just for the record, if this occurs to you go to the doctor, light bleeding is okay but i went through 6 pads within 2 hours and lost a pint 1/2 of blood, I had to go to the hospital and have it all recauterized. ( a bill that cost me $2300 which will prob never be paid). I was very calm, inactive and still had issues. The longest story ever. I had issues with my entire process of all of it, its been horrible, but from what I read im glad i didnt have rude doctors. I didn’t tell you all this to scare you, but I wish I had read something like this before my visit to know it could go bad. Chances are, im just unlucky so DONT take this as this is whats going to happen. All in all I survived, it sucked but I lived through it, so it wasnt that bad. :) Good luck to everyone and please take care of yoruselves!

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  84. Hi,

    Relly helpful site…but just have a few questions..

    Im 24, had my smear, told its sever dykraoisis, had a col and biopsy, and now waiting for them to decide what to do with me..lletz/leeps or just wait i guess??

    Wanted to know if there is any possibility of passing anything on to my partner and if so what can I do to stop it?? Don’t want him to get any complications from me.

    Also, does sex feel the same after treatment for him and myself?

    Finally, how easy is it to conceive after having this treatment?

    Really stressed out and just need to know everything from people who have actually gone thru stuff as the doctors don’t really say much.

    Thanks guys..xx

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    Maggie Reply:

    I am in the same boat as you. I had my first abnormal pap over the summer following a col and biopsy. I was informed I had CIN 2, which came as a shock since my Dr. had initially told me she thought it would only be CIN 1. I was told to come back in 6 mo for another col which I just had done today. I will get the results back in 2 weeks, but my Dr. suggested that I have the LEEP done.

    I am 26 and want to have a family in the future and am not sure which procedure to have done the LEEP or the LLETZ, or if I should just wait and see. Normally I would be all for a procedure to prevent the problem from worsening, but I am just afraid that if I have the LEEP (or whatever I decide done) done now that in a few years I will have to have it done again and that it may reduce my chances of carrying to full term.

    I have some of the same questions, about complications to my partner, what procedure is best and if anyone has had to have the procedure done multiple times. I am also wondering about the abnormal cells spreading to other areas of my uterus. I will talk to my Dr. in 2 weeks when I get my results and will be ready with a battery of questions. I’ll let you know what I find out.

    Sorry this was so long winded. I am so glad I found this site. It’s had been pretty nerve racking going through this process. It was really helpful reading about other people’s experiences, but also gave rise to some new concerns.

    Good luck to everyone, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  85. Its nice to know Im not alone. However Ive had a colospy and a leep procedure before. I went back for my check up and they said it came back again with abnormal cells. So what does this mean for me? I have to go back for another Colopsy. Did they miss some when they did the LEEP? or can it mean I have Cancer?

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    Jo Reply:

    I had my first LEEP procedure about a week ago. I was advised that if there was nothing more serious found, I would just have to return to my doctor for a smear in 6 months.

    They did say though that if my smear in 6 months comes back showing any abnormalities I would be asked back for another Colposcopy. I would try not to worry too much & just look on it as procedure & them being cautious. They’ll probably just want to keep more of any eye on you.

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  86. I’m 27 yrs old, unmarried, and got my first abnormal pap result last week. The doctor had me come in for a col and biopsy a couple days later. I didn’t even read up on what that was before my appt. I cried after my appt when i got out to my car. I called in sick to work that night. I just felt so invaded. I should’ve told someone and had them come with me for the procedure, was what i kept thinking when i was laying down in the chair during the col. I recommend bringing someone with you! I spoke with the doctor today, and he’s having me go in next week for a LEEP. He told me I have stage 2 (moderate) displasia. I’m bringing a family member with me this time. Thank you all so much for your posts. It makes me feel not so alone.

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  87. sorry, but please, can i know how much u must pay for colposcopy test? i didn’t have any insurance either.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Call your doctor, local women’s clinic, feminist health center or planned parenthood. Prices vary by location and country, but there are often reduced fees for folks who are un- r under-insured…

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  88. I am 23 & 3 out of the 4 smears had returned with ‘minor changes’ which resulted in me having to attend a colposcopy clinic. I then was called back 2 weeks later as the biopsy showed CIN grade 3. This horrified me as previously my smears only showed ‘minor’ change. These cells were removed & I now have a 2 week wait for my results. I am very nervous.
    For me the waiting is the worst part. The Colposcopy & procedure were not pleasant but it wasn’t as horrendous as I imagined. My biggest fear was that this would affect my fertility but a doctor advised me that there is nothing to show that this procedure affects women being able to conceive. She said the only link being found with pregnancy was that occasionally women who have had this procedure (cells removed) sometimes go into early labour, only 2-4 weeks early might I add. She did tell me though that she had this procedure herself and all her children went full term.

    The most important advice I would give people is to go for your smear tests & not to put off any treatment. If I can develop grade 3 changes in 3 years just think of the danger you are putting yourself in. Fingers crossed I get the all clear soon & don’t have to have anything further apart from the usual smear tests.

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  89. Wish I had found this website before going to clinic to have lletz i was very anxious and was prescribed vallium from my gp. I had lletz done yesterday and I must say i couldnt feel anything the local anesthetic felt like a little pinch and the whole procedure lasted about 10 minutes. The most pain i felt was afterwards it felt like really strong period pains. I hope this site helps women as it does help to save lives

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  90. i had my first smear test last october, got the results back a week later saying i had cin 3 and to make a appointment for a biopsy, i had the biopsy done and was told id get a letter through 3 weeks later, i never heard anything so i was constantly ringing up to be told ill recieve a letter it got to december and i was so fedup i lost my rag with them, i was told my biopsy came back perfectly fine but to be on safe side they made me a apointment for the loop i went i was petrified im such a softie on blood needles are anything i dint think i could go through with it but i just kept myself calmed and went a head the staff was lovely and kept me talking which helped a lot, i didnt find the injection painfull at all i felt the loop very uncomfy but it was all over in around 5mins , she told me to expect some bleeding, i didnt bleed at all i had like a clear watery discharge that got worse throughout the week its been a week now since my loop and iv woke up to bleeding and period pains and cramp, i feel weird how its took a week for it to start, does anyone no if this is normal? feel abit paniky with it all

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  91. Now I had the lletz procedure done 4 weeks ago after my first ever abnormal smear back in November, when I received that smear test result I was in total shock. My doctor said that my smear test result was Mild and that I had to wait 6 months for another to check whether the cells had gone back to normal.  But the anxiety and worry of waiting 6 whole months was just too much, I went privately and got them removed within the next couple of weeks.  Now all I can say is that I knew nothing about HPV and the damage that it causes. I don’t think the health authorities/doctors actually know how much stress and anxiety this actually causes us women, I will be definitely making sure that my daughter when she’s older has the vaccine, Thank god they now how one!!!!   

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  92. Dear All,

    I was diagnosed with CIN3 and had a LLETZ loop procedure done. I was advice to take painkiller before going to ease the pain. True enough I don’t feel much pain but able to tolerable during the procedure. The discomfort and pain is after the procedure. One of my blood vessel burst after day 3 and started bleeding so much and I rang the doctor they told me is normal. Yet after day 6 still heavily bleeding and i insists to get it check. Another gynae was there and seal the burst vessel. Ladies you have to watch your bleeding, it sud be gradually getting lesser not more. Just don’t do any housework or lift any heavy things for 2 weeks on the safe side.

    I am due for followup 6 months check up after the procedure and found out that i was pregnant 2 weeks and I am turning 39 this year end. So ladies who ever wants to have baby it shouldn’t be any problem. There is always a HOPE. Keep positive.

    Thanks!

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    Rati Reply:

    I’ve just had a LETTZ procedure done today and so far (3.5 hours later) I am still fine – meaning the gen anasthetic worked. I have been told to stay off sex for a month – my main worry is the bleeding and not sure how I can slow down my usually busy life to prevent any intense bleeding. Thank you so much for such an encouraging post.

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  93. As i saw the pictures i felt like yayks!. But then, i realized i’m a lady that should take extra careful about my health. I can’t imagine doing pap smear. But i know i have to through to that soon. Thank you for sharing this. All the best for you.

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  94. I have no clue to where these woman went to get there colospy done. But my story is completly diafferant…… To begin with I too was diagnosed with an abnormal pap smear due to HPV. My procedure was horrific and the pain was extremly un bearable. The acid burned like it was no tomowwow. Then the take aspeculum like an oversized swiezers with like a claw at the tip. And pinch out sections of your cervix. This is your flesh here being carved out of your vagina. Then they have the process after that when the freeze your cervix. This was also VERY, VERY, VERY PAINFUL!!! Picture someone holding a huge solid peice of ice that won’t melt on your mins senitive part of your body. And when it starts to be sooooo cold it hurts u want them to take it off but they don’t. They hold it for a little while longer. Imagin the when ur having the worst period cramps every and u just want to get warm with aheating pad but instead u get ice shoved inside your vagina. Thats how it felt. The worst. Then after of course when something gets frozen it had to thaw out right. Agaun this wasn’t no regular achey pains. The pains were close to labor pains. As my cervix thawed I had to drive home on extreme pain. Then when I got home the pain got worse. I was advised to where a pad or pantie liner because on the acid having to fall off. This was so gross. It was flakes of brown and clear fluid coming out for hours. I just had to lie down for a few hours until the pain was gone. I had no local annestesia at all. And it was horrific. I was informed to refrain from sex for 2-4 weeks. But I had sex in 2weeks and became pregenate from just pre ejaculation. Honestly the sex didnt last 2 minutes and I was pregnate. So after you are extremly fertile and will get pregnate no dout.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    So sorry your experience was so horrible and painful for you. But, to clarify for other readers, having a colposcopy doesn’t make you more fertile. You were in the fertile phase of your cycle when the pre-ejaculate that impregnanted you and that doesn’t have anything to do with any procedures.

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    Tracy spencer Reply:

    My OB Strongly suggested that I should not have sex for atleast 4 weeks after the procedure BECAUSE my cervix would be tender and extremly fertile. He also informed me that I would pregnate very easy after the procedure if I didn’t wait. And to correct your input. Im a living witness that the Dr. was right. I got pregnant right after. I also have a close friend conceived right after this procedure as well. So I understand your knowledgeable & educated book wise but even then you could stand to be corrected, with all do respect, even books & professors make errors. In this case experience alone proves it to be true. The procedure did infact make me more perseptive to become pregnant, and I have 12 year old son as a result of it. Whom I adhore I must add. :). Truly not trying to take anything away from your education at all. I just know what I was told.

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    evja Reply:

    I have had a colposcopy and 2 LEEPS performed. Tracy Spencer, I’m not sure what kind of doctor you went to, but neither of mine were that painful. I would say the worst part of it all was the local anesthetic- my legs shook and I felt like I was going to vomit but I knew it was from the drugs so I knew I was okay. Afterwards, my doctor informed me that I should refrain from sex, tampons and pools IF I wanted to heal properly- which of course I did. He specifically pointed out that I was welcome to have sex as soon as I wanted, but it could damage my cervix which could lead to infertility. I’d like to have kids one day, so I didn’t do any of those things for 6 weeks!!!
    Thank you Beautiful Cervix for being so wise.

    Katie Reply:

    I would like to say i too had this surgery about 2 years ago, I also had sex after 2 weeks. But to be honest I have been trying really hard to fall pregnant for a bit more than year without any luck, my doctor told me it could be because of the surgery that i had done. SO maybe for you it helped but I actually have friends who have not been able to conceive again after this surgery. I was highly fertile before i had this surgery and was able to easily conceive now my husband is really wanting another child and I have not been able to help due to having this surgery. Every person is different and I’m glad it helped you but it doesn’t help everyone and I learnt that first hand too!

    beautifulcervix Reply:

    It is true that LEEP/LLETZ can damage the glands in the cervix that produce fertile fluid that keep sperm alive until ovulation. It can also cause cervical stenosis (an extreme narrowing of the cervical canal). It is hard to know why you are not able to get pregnant easily again – there are so many factors. If it is indeed because of this surgery, have you tried a) tracking your cervical fluid to see if you are getting watery or slippery fluid near ovulation? or b) using a lubricant like Pre-Seed to help you out? or c)working with a sexilogical bodyworker or someone who does myofacial release (a type of massage) to help you let go of any scar tissue on the cervix? Good luck!

    missie Reply:

    twas a cryosurgery not a leep. cryo means freeze where they use liquid nitrogen. my sister had one.

    my leep story goes like this:
    moderate – cin ii – in july. leep in sept
    i took motrin 800 (prescribed for back pain for me) tylenol was suggested but thats all i had.
    it was pinchy and uncomfortable she put grounds on my legs so i wouldnt be electrocuted. i thanked her :)
    she took a length about 3/4 the length of my pinky.

    my results came back completely negative.

    a month later i got my tubes tied. my leep was my deciding factor. weakened ir scarred cervix. neither appeal to me.

    thats actually why i found this site. to look at post leep scarring.

    its been over a year since ive had it done. it seems to work fine cyclically. i dont really check it often though.

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  95. Hey,
    I have just been through the same procedure yesterday, I am also 33 and I haven’t have any babies. The procedure for me was painless and the only stress I had that I had it done in Mallorca, Spain. (Im not spanish!) So I was worried about the language barriers…however the staff were very friendly and the even had music playing the back ground, which made me feel relaxed. I did feel a little dizzy afterwards, which lasted about 20mins. I don’t have any pain.

    I have a question, The doctor placed a white foam tube inside my vagina and told me not to worry if it felt like it was coming out…I just wondered if it does start to fall out should I removed it? Im not due to see the doctor for a month..I guest that’s a long time to have some packing inside you. (he described it as, similar to a tampon)

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  96. iv just had a colposcopy 2day,i found it quite stressful, they looked at my cervix and said ,,its what we thought,, i had a local needle, which hurt like hell, thats when my adrenaline kicked it and my legs and arms went into the shakes,, and my heart was racing, not nice ,i could not control it ,the doctor an staff were fab,, had the abnormal cells removed and a biopsy done..wasnt feeling the best after i must say ,but something the doctor said during the procedure made me smile.. you now doing an elvis with your shaky legs lol, x you gotta laugh ,,gotta wait for results on biopsy now!! fingers crossed,

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    Katherine Reply:

    Are you allowed to have your spouse with you during this? I am always so much better off when he is there and can’t imagine doing this without him.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    YES!!

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    Kerrie Reply:

    Hi, finally someone with an experience like mine. I had a Colposcopy just yesterday which lead the Doctor to do the LLETZ procedure it was horrible, i cried the entire time. The “diluted” acetic acid burned real bad and during the first attempt to apply local anaestetics the syringe burst. I was so frightened. Well even with the injections it still hurt. Thank God i survived don’t think i could do it again. Am awaiting the test results now which should be available in a week. Am hoping to get good news and have a stress free holiday.

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  97. My experince was probably painful because I had it 12 years ago and by now they have come up with better technology since then. Also I was not under any type of anesthesia. So im glad to hear that every one else experince was not hardly as awful as mine.

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  98. I had mine done on monday. My sister came with me which was great because she took my mind off it as much as she could.
    Firstly the doctor took ages to even start the procedure as the loop he was using was faulty. So i was laid exposed for about 10 minutes with a strange man staring at my bits. And 2 other ladies too.
    Once he put the spectrum in he asked me to cough to fit the loop, which was very painful. And then he put in the iodine which straight away started to feel uncomfortable inside. Then he let me know that he was going to start administering the aneasthetic injections of which i had 4 and were all painful and took my breath away. I was very nervous all the time as my colposcopy previously had been painful. He then started to do the burning away bit, which i thought was a bit soon after the injections. He had previously told me that i would feel a heat in my vagina but it wouldnt be painful. Well sod that, i was ready to scream out just before it ended as i felt like i was being branded with a red hot poker up there.
    Afterwards i was very light headed and dizzy and tearful.
    3 days later i have had some cramping pains and a small mucky discharge. Still waiting for the bleeding part.

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  100. Hey all, I am a 24 year old female. I wanted to share my experience just to give everyone the idea of how different everyones experiences can be. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with CIN3 the worst it can be (mind you I had only just become sexually active with my then boyfriend, and now my husband). I had the colposcopy done and the acid wasn’t bad, that was literally painless for me. However, when the take the biopsy samples, it hurt. Not where I was crying in pain hurt, but it hurt! ( I manage pain very well by the way). After this procedure was done I went for the LLETZ produce. My doctor did the surgery (I was in the hospital and put to sleep for this)and woke up and felt fine. I was in some discomfort, but the doctor had given me pain medication to help with this. My doctor believed I was eventually going to need a hysterectomy, and advised me to start think about children. When I was 16 me and my husband had a wonderful baby boy. Now 7 years later I am having these issues again. I had another colposcopy doneand and scheduled later this month for hte LLETZ procedure again. I should have taken care of it 2 years ago. I bleed everytime my husband and I have intercourse and it is painful at times. I never told my OB/GYN and I wish I would have knowing my history. Just a side note–all on my Pap Smears have been NORMAL for the past 7 years and the colposcopy showed cell changes so the Pap Test are not always 100%!!! If you have issues speak up! I wish I would have…good luck to you all!

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  101. I recently had a LEEP procedure done 10 days ago due to HPV results from an abnormal PAP. The procedure considering what’s taking place, went very well. I was actually put to sleep. I didn’t bleed til about 5 days later, and a sponge my Gynecologist had inserted had fallen out around the same time. The smell isn’t pleasant, but I am careful and have a follow up in about 2 weeks. I was surprised I thought the procedure would have been worse, I had put if off for 2 years, but being forty and just having a baby, I needed to get it taken care of. I go for a 6 month follow up as well. I’ve had barely any discomfort, very mild cramping.

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  102. I had a LEEP procedure done as well, with CIN3, and the presence of cancer causing HPV. My procedure was relatively painfree, but it turned out that my cervix is VERY vascular. The procedure removing my cancerous cells took about 45 minutes to an hour but we spent another hour and 20 minutes getting the bleeding to stop. They used cauterization to stop the bleeding.

    After the procedure I was sore but not overly painful. Because of the cauterization I had a discharge similar to coffee grounds for about 10 days as my body sloughed off the burnt bits.

    Post leep I had to be seen every 3 months for a year, then every six months, and I am about to have my first full year exam. My HPV is still present unfortunately, which means I am still at risk for cancer. I’d be glad to answer any questions anyone might have because I had so many and no one to answer them for me. You can reach me at shawzam@hotmail.com and my name is Shaw.

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  103. Back in December 2011 I had an abnormal pap and had a colposcopy done. The worst part to me was the freeze spray and then the pinching of her actually taking the samples. Afterwards I had minimal discharge and mild pain for about 3 days afterwards but other then that I was perfectly fine! In June 2012 I go back for my 6 month check up and I’m hoping and praying for a normal pap!

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  104. I had a pap smear show up slightly abnormal cells,.. so went to clinic for a follow up,.. and they decided to put me in for a letz procedure,… I informed them I was 8 weeks pregnant, but they said it was fine,.. the procedure was quick and only slightly uncomfortable,.. but I did spot bleed a bit ,.. then I miscarried 2 weeks later.
    You all need to understand that Cervical cancer is the slowest growing cancer,.. from first sign of abnormal cells due to HPV,.. it can take up to 10 yrs to form cancer …. the hospital and doctors are meant to wait till after your pregnancy to perform this procedure,. because of the risk of miscarriage.
    The information booklet I have from the hospital says that even grade 1,2,3 cin cells can be treated by letz AFTER a pregnancy,… This is something someone needs to weigh up seriously. procedure versus miscarriage.
    I was not informed that letz could cause a miscarriage, if I had of known the risk,.. I would have waited,.. especially since I only had basic low grade squameous cells showing up in the pap smear pathology test,… the iodine and coloscopy look showed me to be perfectly smooth pink healthy cervix !.. no need to rush and put a hot wire burning loop on my cervix where a mucous plug forms to hold in your pregnancy !… this can cause a possible disruption or infection ,… and consequently … Miscarriage.
    Be aware .

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    Nicole Reply:

    It looks you know a bit about cin and hpv. I am 51,had cinIII in 2007 and been ok. no hpv since.
    But I had my daughter in 97 and pap smear been ok. Then did not do the test for 10 hrs. Stupid ah? Now does this mean that I contracted hpv in this 10 yr time or the hpv could’ve been dormant and how long?

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  105. Hi ladies. I am 25 and I am in hospital right now. I am waiting for the lletz procedure to be done on me. The thing is I am really scared now after reading your experience.

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  106. I just had it done on wed it was so simple and easy I heard all these awful things didn’t hurt t all mild cramping but barely. Barely spots. Procedure was very fast. I’m A big baby and it we very simple really.
    Hope this helps. Colposcopy

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  107. Hi ladies, I had colposcopy with freezing 4 weeks ago, and after 3 weeks I had sex and I start doing body pump class, and in the middle of week 4 I start bleeding Just a little bit, is this normal, I am going nuts, I don’t know what i did wrong? Can this hill again?

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  108. I had my LEEP procedure on May 23, 2012. My first colposcopy after and abnormal PAP was low-grade cervical dysphasia. Doc left it for 6 months and scheduled another colposcopy the biopsy result I did not call for since we had decided it had been almost 2 years since my abnormal PAP smear. I choose not to worry until then. The results of my 2nd biopsy turned out to be high grade. A lot changed in 6 months.

    I was nervous for my procedure and only felt the local anaesthetic injection. It took about 10 minutes at the hospital. After the procedure I felt some lower back pain but not anything that was unbearable. Been resting this past week. Doc gave me his cell to text him if I had any problems but he did not expect any. I had very little initial discharge as most have described such as coffee grounds. I started bleeding yesterday (May 28th) not really heavy but enough to be annoying. Somewhat watery but it has been bright red. And I noticed an unpleasant odour. As of right now it has subsided. And the area is somewhat itchy as if I had a yeast infection.

    My doc did not seem over concerned when I was sent home. Very nice man. He has treated my best friend and is aware of her case. Stage 3B cervical cancer and very aggressive. So her knew my fear. I had slipped him a periodical on where the HELA cells had been acquired. He just reiterated the after LEEP instructions. Watery vaginal discharge for a few days, some cramping may occur, no driving for 6 hourly as I may feel faint, no sexual intercourse for 3 weeks, no baths or heavy lifting for 7 days, and if I experience a fever above 38 degree C to contact him or the emergency department.

    I can call him in 4 weeks for the results and see him in about 4 months for a repeat colposcopy

    Not sure what else to expect I go back to work tomorrow and my job requires some lifting.

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  109. Hey ladies im 22 and had a cin 3 had the biopsy and coloscopy done then the lettz procdure i was told to wait 3 week before having sex kind u every one is told to wait longer depening on there condition its been 4 weeks now and sex is painful no matter what so we are going to wait longer did anyone else have painful sex after wards?

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  110. Hi ladies.I did my lletz procedure on th 14th of May.I did not feel anything coz I was sleeping.After the procedure I did not experience any pains.It was only a brownish discharge and some drops of blood for 2 weeks only.I am even having sex now.Is there any problem.What can I do coz right now I really want a baby.I have one who is turning six in July

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  111. I contracted HPV in 2009 and it took about 14 months to resolve. Now I have it again. I asked the doctor back in 2009 if I should get the immunization and he said no, he knew I was sexually active. Would this have helped me not get it again? And this time should I insist on the immunization, Im 41 and probably will continue to be sexually active.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Deciding to get the HPV vaccine is a personal matter. It only protects against 4 of the dozens of strains of HPV and doesn’t protect against the same strain re-emerging if you already had it in your system. I suggest you research the vaccine and its side-effects, as there has been some controversy about how it was tested and how it is marketed.
    Also, here is some info about HPV and eradicating it from your body by boosting the immune system:
    http://sisterzeus.com/files/CervicalDysplasia.pdf

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    medschneverends Reply:

    The vaccine is less effective if you laready have been infected. There has been a lot of research over the past few years and your doctor should be able to advise you better, knowing your background.

    That being said, regular screening is your best bet

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  112. I’m due to have the LLETZ procedure in just over two weeks. My partner and I want to have a baby. Should I go ahead with the procedure? Can i wait until after? Im a level 2. The thought of not being able to have kids just kills me!

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  113. hi im 30yrs with 4 children and my pap test came back abnormal cells in the glandular cells….had a colposcopy and biopsy taken which ill prob get results back in the next few days…im due to have the LLetz procedure in 2 weeks can anyone tell me whats the difference with glandular a squirmous cells like whats worse and should i be worried??

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  114. I am a 33 yo mother of 1 scheduled for the LLETZ procedure tomorrow.

    I want to thank this site for existing. It is exceedingly reassuring to have this information presented to me by other women whom have undergone the procedure. I am feeling much more confident and glad to hear the great news of others fertility!

    I am still worried about the pain. I have had two biopsies and the most recent one was mildly uncomfortable. I had a hard time sitting for about a week, could not walk for more than a short distance bc of cramping, and had the coffee ground discharge for about the same period. I took a large dose of ibuprofen before the biopsies and plan to repeat it tomorrow. I m not looking forward to the healing time. Does anyone have any tips to help ease the after discomfort I am anticipating? Was the bleeding about the same as the biopsies or worse?

    Thank you all for being so strong and brave!!

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    Lynn Reply:

    Hi MJ

    I am 46 yrs old. In March I had a yearly PAP come back ASCUS cant rule out Hi grade. Colposcopy and biopsy in late April showing mild dysplasia but not cancerous most likely HPV related. On followup in September, my ob/gyn was doing just a PAP and said she didnt like how something looked. She did a colpo/biopsy on the spot. Not pleasant since I wasnt prepared (didnt take ibuprofen…would recommend always taking 2 or 3 half hour before ANY exam). Results came back biopsy showing mild dysplasia but PAP showed Hi grade SIL. Very confusing so Dr decided on LEEP on Oct 5. I was pretty worked up but made sure I ate a late lunch about 2 hrs before and about one hour before I took about 600 mg ibuprofen. Have someone drive you. My doctor prepped me. I laughed because these must be pretty routine to them. She couldnt find half the supplies. They put a large metallic looking patch on your thigh to ground you. Then they clip a vacuum hose to your knee to suck any smoke produced. My doctor stressed that the most important thing was to tell her if I was ok or not ok at each step. Make sure your Dr tells you what he/she is doing every step. My cervix according to her is big and vascular, so I got about 3 numbing injections…first one hurts, others dont. Also received a version of epinephrine. This constructs blood vessels. It will make you feel funny, your knees will shake a little. I felt like I had had a few glasses of wine, quickly..like a buzz. Now my Doc didnt do just one pass with the loop. She took 5 samples. The first insertion she did swipe my vaginal wall slightly. Try not to jerk if this happens. Tell her what you feel the entire time. Talk, swear if you have to. You will feel really tense. Its mostly the apprehension of pain that could happen. The only pain I had was the vaginal bump for a second. Have her show you the biopsied piece. I was actually laughing at her calling my cervix “big and red”. Try to keep some humor about it because it will make it easier. Right before she did mine, I cried…she offered OR surgery. I was like nope, im here now lets do this. Put your feet in the stirrups and git her done. I want all abnormal cells out of me. Afterward, any bleeding and hopefully addtl abnormal cells are cauterized. I had no bleeding til one week.later..this past Friday when my period started. It is HEAVY. Be prepared with pads. Watch for any signs of infection. Call your Drs nurse with ANY questions. I got results one week later. They didnt SEE clear margins, so classifying it CIN 2/3. Followup PAP in 3 months. They want to do an ECC biopsy but I said NO more cutting til I know the results of the PAP. Ask questions and get paper copies of results. Good luck!!!

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    Lynn Reply:

    Oh and I also received NO hpv test until my second Pap and colpo/biopsy in Sept. I had to ask for an hpv hi risk test. Confirmed I have one of 13 that cause cervical cancer. I demanded that they run an hpv 16/18 test. They didnt offer and I want to know if I have a stubborn strain. Demand answers. Get your tests explained and once you have a LEEP dont let them cut until after folliwups and only after consultation. Im going to see a gynecological oncologist for a second opinion. My doc is too busy delivering babies and I dont think their office has what it takes to give options

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  115. Hi i had lletz treatment done about seven months ago for cin 3, i know every woman is different but my expericence was horrible it took the nurses over an hour to do what should have only taken twenty mins i felt alot of it they could not get the bleading to stop i felt so weak and had to ask them to stop. after i had only mild cramps, i am due for my six month check up today and im dreading it im so worried that the abnormal cells have returned if i have to have lletz done again i will be telling them to put me asleep.

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  116. Thanks for your experiences.I am a woman aged 43 years and am due for a LLETZ procedure in two weeks time.I am scared because the Colposcopy was so painful.After the LLETZ i am supposed to travel by air and also attend school three days after.Do you think the latter will be possible.Does it smell that even someone nearer to you can smell it.Worried.

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  117. Hi please can anyone help ms? I had a loop excision back in February and received my follow smear up on Thursday however on this day too I ended up doing a pregnancy test which turned our positive!! I am trying to be happy about being pregnant but in the back of my mind I am worried about eagle miscarriage,the cells needing more treatment and nor bring dole to carry on with the pregnancy! I want the baby but also need to know that I will be ok? Has anyone else been in this situation?

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  118. Hi all
    I found out that I had abnormal cells on my cervix when I was 20. At that stage they were just watching to see if there were any changes. By 22 I had by first biopsy, at 23 my first LLETZ and then another biopsy six months later. I did not feel much pain on my first LLETZ and recovered very quickly, I only had spotting for a couple of days. My second LLETZ which was two weeks ago (I am 24), was a different story, I still did not have that much pain when it happened, but I have been a much slower healer. It has been two weeks and I am still bleeding and feeling a bit unsettled about it. Luckily I have a very supportive boyfriend and my university lectures are being very understanding

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  119. Hey, I just scheduled for my LLETZ surgery and after reading some of these I’m even more freaked out than I was before. Needles really freak me out and now that I’m going to be shaking and maybe even feel the procedure being done I’m thinking of calling out of this. I have been waiting 2yrs to get this done but now I don’t know if I can go through with it.

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    Terie Reply:

    Hey

    Coming from experience DON’T WAIT…I had an abnormal pap smear last Dec. And was scheduled for a colposcopy in Jan. And didn’t do it because I didn’t have the insurance for it which I was just (21) and my mom wouldn’t help me. Well I went back in Nov 8th of this year just for birth control which I finally ran out completely of and they told me I had to have a pap smear since it was almost a year old ..so I did and a week later they called and said I had an abnormal pap smear again and I was scheduled for a colposcopy and that the cancer research center would pay for it so I had it done on the 29th of Nov. And they told me all I was having done was a simple colposcopy but no when I got there they told me I had to have a LEEP done to because it said I have high risk cervical dyplasia so I did..well this Monday it can back some form of cervical cancer and I go back tomorrow to understand it more..its not curable and I may have to have a totally hysterectomy if the cancer has spread..so what I’m trying to say is DON’T WAIT!! I want kids more than life itself but I want to have a great career first.

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  120. Hi All,

    Just want to say that I had the LLETZ procedure on the 20th of July, after a biopsy confirmed CIN 3 the previous week. I was quite nervous before the procedure ( I have spend hours browsing the web and had seen all the ‘worst case’ stories), but can honestly say it wasn’t that bad.

    The whole procedure for me lasted about 30 minutes…the colposcopy is just like a smear test (only a little longer), the actual LLETZ procedure was painless & he local anaesthetic was a little uncomfortable, but not as bad as dental injections in my opinion! I would advise breathing through your mouth (not your nose!) while they do the LLETZ though, as the smell of burning can be a little unpleasant.

    My Gynae’ told me not to exercise for 6 weeks and not to have sex for the same period of time. I must admit I did do some walking a few days after and did bleed a little more than I expected so would just stress that it is important to follow the consultant’s advice, even though you feel OK.

    I am now waiting for my 6 month smear to see if the HPV has gone and am keeping my fingers crossed that no more cells appear.

    Good luck to everyone going through this.
    Best wishes, L x

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  121. Hi…just after some advice..im 30 yrs and had the lletz 4 weeks ago for cin3 glandular cells and the first week was fine then i got my period and didnt really stop bleeding but just lightly…now 3 days ago my bleeding is so heavy!!!! my gyno has put me on antibiotics and told me to sleep and rest for 2 days….what happens if the bleeding dosent stop?? i did everything right no sex no exercise no lifting…(but do have 4 children so busy with them) has anyone experienced this before? thanx

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  122. Hey. I had Lletz procedeure on the 27th oct. It did not go well at all. The machine that heats the wire failed to work halfway through the procedure. I felt a lot of pain. I think I had 3 injections into my cervix in the end but I still felt everything. I was on the table for 2 hours in the end, very upset and ended up on oxygen. The registrar sent me on my way. All weekend I felt groggy and started to bleed a little more with a foul smell. I went to see my GP on 1st Oct, and she called hospital asking for them to see me. When I arrived I was greeted by the same registrar who quarterised me some with 5 nitro sticks and sent me on my way with antibiotics. I was extremely unhappy with the treatment I had received from him. 3 hours later I was laying down reading my book when all of a sudden I started to pour blood. I stood and blood that was fierce red started to pour all down my legs, everywhere. My partner rushed me to A & E. They admitted me straight to the gyne ward. I was seen very promptly. They could not stop the bleeding and the clots which were the size of my fist! I have had 2 children before and I can honestly say the bleeding was at least 6 times worse than the bleed during child birth :-( they rushed me straight to theatre at 2am. I was quarterised further more and pack and had a catheter. I came around very drousy, on sailine drip and strong antibiotic drip. I was unable to move for 24 hours. The following day they removed the packing and catheter, such a relief and home the next day. I just want to say that this is very rare! It should be a simple procedure, but please girls, any sign of bleeding do NOT leave it, get it seen to asap. It could be fatal. At the moment I am experiencing light watery blood loss, I am hoping this is ok ?? Is this the m=normal loss I should be experiencing as I do not know normal lol
    Many Thanks x x

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  123. Not sure if anyone is still reading this but I have just had LLETZ surgery today after 2 abnormal smears, 2 colposcopies and 2 biopsies during the 2nd colposcopy. I had local aneasthetic and wasn’t in too much pain, just uncomfortable because I cannot relax and if you can it is so much easier! I was in for around 35 minutes, apparently I was one of the longer ones they had done. I bled quite heavily and they cannot seal it until you stop bleeding. It’s such a relief and I am praying my next smear/pap is clear. However, 5 hours later I am lay on the sofa with my hot water bottle in quite a lot of pain that is not being eased by paracetamol unfortunately.
    I do not have children and eventually would like them (I’m 25 and getting married this year) but will have to wait and see on that front. I was told that becoming pregnant is not an issue but some people cannot carry a child full term following the surgery.

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  124. I just wanted to say to people that some of you seem to be confusing procedures. The coposcopy and biopsys are different to the lletz procedure. The pain differs for most people but a huge factor in this is the area the biopsy is taken, i had 6 different bits of tissue biopsied some from my cervix on the outside and some from inside the cervical tissue inside my womb, the ones from the inside were the most painful, but the ones taken from the outside wall were just like a small pinch! My consultant advised me that 90% of people only suffer with abnormal cells on the outter part and that i was just unlucky!
    I was then called back 4 weeks later for the LLETZ procedure, this was now done 3 days ago. for this i was pretty nervous after everything i had read about it. the consultant explained that he would numb me in 3 areas on the outside of my cervical wall then once on the inside of my cervical wall! This made me very nervous considering the pain i felt when the biopsy was taken in that area! I Didnt even feel the needle!!!! I did shake from the local but only for 20mins or so! The procedure lasted 15mins and i have had no pain or cramping at all, no bleeding but some fluid discharge thats almost clear.
    I just wanted to make sure people were clear on the differences of the 2 procedures and to put minds at reat for those who had been reading the same horror stories i had!

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  125. What a wonderful site! I stumbled across it while researching tilted cervix. I had the leep procedure performed one week ago today and the dr (new to me) informed me that I had a tilted cervix. As for the procedure, I worked myself up over nothing, the “cure” time is worst than the procedure. I’m still cramping but expect it to lighten up as time progresses. I feel so sorry for the women who did not have a doctor as knowledgeable, kind & gentle as mine is.

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  126. Are you planning on submitting a follow up image? I had a LEEP surgery done in 2004, and I’m curious to know what other people’s cervixes look like after they are healed. Mine seems…flat.

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  127. I had a colposcopy, followed by a LEEP in 2005. The colposcopy was uncomfortable, but not painful.
    The LEEP was not painful for me at all. I didn’t feel the local go in, though it did give me a head rusha nd weird taste in my mouth, which was to be expected. I felt nothing during the procedure and had an easy recovery, but was told nothing in the vagina for 4-6 weeks.
    My repeat colposcopy was painful, and I felt like I was treated poorly by the staff, as it was different than the ones who did my LEEP.

    It did cause scarring which made dilation take FORVER! Apparently it is very common for your cervix to fully efface before even starting to dilate, but having contractions as if you are in active labour. Thankfully I had great midwives who helped me through it and was able to birth vaginally at home.
    Since the first birth, my cervix was able to dilate well, though slowly again, with my second baby.

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  128. I had this procedure earlier on today, I found it very painful, uncomfortable and had no pain relief like what most of the others seem to have had. I was told it was going to be numbed by a receptionist yet, no it wasn’t and it hurt like anything. Still cramping and its been almost 12 hours since I had it done!

    yuck

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  129. Hi

    I have a question I had my first LEEP done 3 weeks ago and had my 3 week check up today and had sex for the first time today since then and now I’m bleeding not alot but enough to scare me but I have to go back on Jan 3td to check it again…now keep in mind ill start my period in like 3 to 4 days…help is this OK I’m still healing

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  130. I am 52 and went for a colposcopy 12 days ago.The nurses were ok,but the doctor was awful.He did not want to let the nurse get me comfy before he started and he stopped bothering to explain what he was doing after the acetic acid.The first I knew that he was doing the LLetz procedure was when the nurse put a pad on my thigh.I have had some pain and discomfort and discharge,but very little bleeding.As I already have a prolapse I am worried about having had this done.I am getting married for the first time in four months and I am worried about pain during intercourse.
    I feel that I was treated like a trussed turkey and have become depressed.The proceedure was tolerable,but was it right for me?My pets get better treatment.I now have to wait 2-3 weeks for the results.

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  131. Hey guys, I had a lletz 1 week ago & for the 1st 5 days I just had pink watery discharge but since then (2 days go) i’ve been h.aving blood. Its like a period but when I started bleeding if it is a period it would have made it 12 days early which seems impossible for someone who is never more than 3 days early. I dont feel unwell but its worrying me. Could anyone tell me if this is ok please. Kirsty x

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  132. I’m 26 and Panamanian; Just got a colposcopy 3 days ago, 2 years ago I got a PAP test and never picked up the results.
    I went to the same clinic (not same doc) and the doctor ask me the reason of my visit, I told I have a vaginal infection is itchy and swore, plus my husband and me are trying to conceive for the past 2 years and still nothing.
    The first thing she said “The PAP perform 2 years ago came with HPV, we need to make a colposcopy, and remove tissue from your cervix to test it”. IT WAS A BOMB for my husband and me. She was soooo cold.
    She prescribe 3 days femisan (yesterday I applied one, nothing hurt or itch or even bleed) tablets and albisec for me and my husband.
    Feb 8th 2013I got the colposcopy, vaginal ultasound (to check my ovaries) and biopsy. Did not felt much, it was ok, I have the discharge like coffe tissue yoder smelling, but no blood.
    I’m so nervous about the results I don’t now how to handle this and if I ever will have a chance to conceive a baby.
    My doctor said “I should not recommend this but since you are ovulating I thing you guys have to try.
    Any of you have and idea if I should try or not and if I should get the pill down there?
    I would really appreciate your advice.
    Thanks.

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  133. I am 34, have 2 young children, and was diagnosed with severe dyskaryosis after a routine smear test last month. I was shocked to say the least, and terrified of what would happen. My GP was amazing, saw how anxious I was and arranged for my to have my colposcopy and Lletz treatment 2 weeks later( I got a cancellation appointment) instead of waiting up to 4 weeks. Nevertheless I didn’t sleep properly for those 2 weeks leading up to the procedure. I googled a lot, which only made things worse when I read something negative.
    I had my Lletz 3 days ago and I wanted to just say how smoothly and easily it all went. Yes it was uncomfortable but no more than a smear test really. And it was over so quickly, 10 mins and it was all done. I was terrified about the thought of the local anaesthetic needle but honestly didn’t feel it or the loop wire either. My dr was so positive, she thinks she removed it all and it wasn’t a very large area either. I had been so nervous about what she would find, I did not know that it takes 10 years for cervical cancer to develop, that eould have helped me not to worry quite so much. This is SO treatable, don’t put it off or be scared, the nurses and doctors are truly wonderful and so calming, friendly and reassuring.
    I hope this is of help to do someone else, it really is not as bad as you fear, the waiting and not knowing is much much worse.

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  134. This can be an extremely painful procedure especially for those women who have a more innervated cervix. This procedure can also cause chronic cramping and severe pain for the rest of your life. The thermal heat or burning cold can damage nerves that control feeling in your genitalia, clitoris and affect your bowel and bladder as well as damage the utero sacral ligament and surrounding muscle and tissue. Since the cervix is involved in a woman’s ability to orgasm, this procedure can cause permanent pain on insertion and on sexual intercourse. Always ask your physician if there is another treatment like watchful waiting. Demand an HPV test that shows the low and high risk types. Know that all cervical dysplasia is caused by HPV, but by non cancerous conditions such as inflammation or a bacteria infection like bacterial vaginosis. Also most HPV viruses clear up on their own if the immune system is strong. Be proactive.

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  135. I had lletz procedure today and was very very nervous! The nurses and doctor were brilliant and apart from being a little uncomfortable there was no pain. I have suffered with a little cramping this afternoon but nothing that paracetamol won’t help. Hope this helps anyone due to have the procedure.

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  136. Just wanted to say that after all the above horror stories, it is really nothing to worry about. I had amazing staff on the NHS who explained everything and were so supportive of my concerns. First, you are asked to sit up on a small couch and place your legs in the styrups. They then insert a speculum into the vagina and apply what they described as a vinegar solution to the cervix which shows up the abnormal cells (you can see it all on a screen if you choose to) the cervixs looks like a very small version of a puffy ring doughnut which is viewed through a microscope. I am very panicky around needles so the nurse told me when she was going to do the local anesthetic so I could close my eyes and I honestly did not feel a thing. She used a heated loop to remove the abnormal cells and then showed me the cells in the biopsy container ( smaller than the nail on my little toe!!!). The procedure lasted no longer than 25 minutes and I had no pain what so ever. They did say that I could bleed for 2-5 weeks after but I am on day 2 and still no bleeding. As already mentioned in previous comments, it takes upto 10 years for cancer to develop so anyone going in for surgery should not loose any sleep. The NHS help lline is reachable at 111 and they will put any worries to rest between now and your appointment but the best I can advise is not to worry! As a bit of background info, I am 25 and and trying to conceive for the last 5 years with no luck. We had just been accepted for IVF when I got my abnormal smear so gutted to have that pushed back by 6 months but would be worse to have a baby and then fight what could turn into cancer! I was diagnosed with high grade dyskariosis! It will be 6 months until my follow up smear and fingers crossed for a clear one so I can start with the IVF and hope for a little family. Good luck to all going for a colposcopy but honestly do not worry! Xx

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  137. Thank you all so much for this information. Having been blissfully ignorant to all of this up until 3 weeks ago following abnormal smear test results, I have been thrown into the world of cervical problems and feel emotionally drained. I admire you all and commend your bravery. Due for LLETZ next week. Hare Krishna xxx

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  138. I ran across this while I was looking up stenosis and I HAD to leave a post in hopes that I can possibly help someone. I had a LEEP done about 12 yrs ago and it caused stenosis (narrowing of the cervix or scar tissue) . I had the procedure done in February and for the next few months I had to go in to have my cervix dilated because my period couldn’t come through the scar tissue. I ended up getting pregnant, but it was a blighted ovum and had to have a d&c. My husband and I waited several months before trying again to get pregnant with no luck I used ovulation tests, charted temps and I was ovulating normally and doing everything right still no luck. I had mentioned several times about getting dilated again and the doctor kept telling me if you’re having a period you can get pregnant. Finally, I convinced him to dilate me and was pregnant that next month. I just wanted to put this information out there for any of you who have had this procedure or are going to have it in case you have any difficulties getting pregnant. Unfortunately for me all of that took a toll on my marriage and by the time I finally did get pregnant my husband was having an affair And we were separated when I found out I was pregnant…I just want to save someone the pain of trying for so long if dilation would help…by the way it is extremely painful :(

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  139. My names Kasey and I am 21. I was told by my Dr. last year that I had CIN2 and he told me to come back in 4 months for a check up. After the second check up I was booked in to have have LLETZ surgery. I had only just started my relationship with my boyfriend and I was really worried that we could not have sex for 4 weeks after. The surgery went all good, no pain, a little uncomfortable after though but other than that it was easy. I have only had it done for a couple of months and me and my boyfriend didnt have sex for 4 weeks but that brought us together even more. Please dont rush into having sex after it. No matter who pressures you to. Just wait. It could lead to worse things.

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  140. I went for a colposcopy in march i was cin3 and had loop treatment which was fine! Needles hurt abit but after that i didnt feel a thing,smelly discharge for abit afterwards and first period was very heavy but bleedings been fine since,however i am now getting a sharp pain where the treatment was done (to the right of my cervix) im due to go back for another colposcopy sept but think i may need to see my gp soon about the pain.

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  141. I had the loop treatment 1 week ago after 2 years of monitoring my abnormal cells (cin1/2). The procedure itself was mildly uncomfortable but I was scared which didn’t help. I have only just started bleeding slightly now and have been put on antibiotics for an infection. Not the nicest experience but definitely the right decision, health has to come first! Keeping my fingers crossed for a normal smear test in 6 months.

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  142. I had LLETZ surgery 3 weeks ago for CIN III. I was very lucky to have a surgeon who gave me a general anaesthetic, and also a local so I did not feel a thing. The did 5 sweeps and I felt fine after. A bit of cramping but took some paracetamol and was as good as gold.
    I was told not to work out or have sex, or use tampons for three weeks and I have been following that. I had my surgery done right at the beginning of the period, but took hormone pills to slow it down. They worked a treat and the surgeon said it was fine to proceed.
    They used the brown vinegar solution to see the abnormal cells as the other readers have posted, so the next few days there was a bit of discharge of that, and then the following week broken bits of debris is all I can call it … like a scab falling away, but in small pieces, and then nothing. So I have been absolutely fine.
    The lady that reported a horrific experience – wow, that was really really unfortunate and I felt bad for you when I read that. My experience was very good. I was put to sleep and when I woke up I really wasn’t in any pain at all.
    All the best to those that are about to undergo surgery. I hope it is as pain free and stress free as mine was.

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  143. I had a Colposcopy done when I just turned 18 due to abnormal paps and though it WAS a bit uncomfortable… I mean, even a pap is uncomfortable! lol The the only thing that made me feel any real discomfort was the biopsy. (I assume that’s what it would be called) and it was over fast! Luckily, it was nothing and I just had to have pap smears every 3 months for a year and everything was still fine. I am glad that it was done. It put my mind at ease.

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    Jamie Reply:

    … I forgot to say that afterward for about a day and a half I had a discharge but it was gone as soon as it came. I had a slight irritation immediately following but that’s to be expected when you have someone in you “no no” areas! haha

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  144. I had a LETTZ last wednsday for cin2 and now i am feeling as though im leaking when i cough or even just standing/sitting. Its not thick discharge but rather watery. Is that normal or should i go to a doctor. Im 21 i have 1 child, i wouldnt expect myself to be weak around that area at this age.

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    Becky Reply:

    I have read that there can be a ‘watery blister like discharge’ afterwards so I wouldn’t worry.

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  145. I will have my LLETZ surgery this week and a bit scared, but this page has been really helpful :)
    Thanks ladies

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    jackie penfold Reply:

    im having my LLETZ treatment tomorrow im scard but i have read some of the storys on here it makes me feel a bit better but not totally

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  146. I just had this procedure done 4 days sgo. After 2-3 years of monitoring (first I had cryo performed by another doctor), my current doctor stronhly suggested this procedure. I was nervous but after discussing my condition with friends, I discovered that I was not alone. Maby of my friends underwent this procedure. Some even had to be under anesthesia. But fortunately my doctor was able to perform this procedure in his office. It was fast. The longest part wss the setup. I didn’t feel any pain. I felt only presdure ftom the injection of the local anesthesia. So now I have to wait for the followup exam and the next papsmear. But thank God the worse is behind. I am now urging all my friends to get their yearly paps. Many illnesses such as cancer can be prevented. I have a dear friend who is currently battling cervical cancer . She didn’t get her yearly paps. So please talk to your friends, families and loved ones. The greatedt gift you can give another female is the gift of prevention. Everyone be well and thank you fof allowing me to share my story.

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  147. I had a LEEP done at 20 for a virus I picked up overseas. Anyhow, the most uncomfortable part of the whole thing was the colposcopy 10 days prior, but it was vet, very brief. During the LEEP, my Dr. was only going to do a general anesthetic (which probably would have been fine as I wasn’t feeling ANYTHING), however I got a bit distressed when I could smell the tissue burning and they immediately “put me under”. It was very mid general, like twilight, no ET (endotracheal tube in the throat) or anything. Was discharged a few hours later with instructions similar to other posters. No sex, tampons, douching, soaking or swimming for 3 weeks, and have completely normal Paps every three months following for 1 year, every 6 months for another year and them annually. That was over a decade ago with no more abnormal results!

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  148. I had the letz procedure just over a week ago now. I was quite nervous but I can honestly say that I didn’t feel the local anaesthetic administered. The nurses were really nice talking to me to take my mind off it and reassuring me. The procedure was over really quickly with minimal discomfort. I only had a slight discharge afterwards and now a week later I am having slight bleeding and a little cramping pain. I would like to say that my experience having the procedure was ‘nothing to worry about’. I think the thought of undergoing the procedure is worse than the actual experience.

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  149. I will be going for LLETZ on 20 September and I just came across this site. Thanks for your posts, now I have a fair idea of what to expect. A few questions though, how long does the actual procedure take (roughly how many hours will I spend in the hospital)? I’m also planning to drive myself to and from the hospital as DH will be away, will I not be too drowsy to drive? Doc didn’t say whether it will be local or general aesthetic. Also, I had abdorminal hysterectomy 9 weeks ago and am still in some pain, hope I’ll be able to manage afterwards being home alone. Thanks.

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    Hazel Rogers Reply:

    You definitely need to have someone drive you home following surgery. Your health is important. I was also told not to sign any important papers requiring decisions during the first 48 hours as well. I’m having the procedure done on Nov. 13 and my partner is more worried than I am. I’m lucky I have him to take care of me, although I’m told I won’t require much care at all.

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  150. Hi, I thought I’d share my story so it might help someone who’s worried about it. I had an abnormal smear and positive for hpv 6 years ago, then following the results of a biopsy (which revealed high risk precancerous cells), I was at my gynos office where she said to me you can either be booked into hospital and put under general anesthetic for the LEETZ procedure or you can suck it up and just get it over and done with right now. So I figured I’d just get it done then and there. She gave me local anesthetic injections which were extreeeeemly painful and then the operation itself hurt a lot as she couldn’t get it numb even after 4 needles. I know its not the same for everyone but I have since wished I had just waited and been put under GA as since this 6 yrs ago I’ve been back for just a colposcopy and smears 6 monthly for 2 yrs then yearly since and I have horrible anxiety leading up to my appointments because I can still remember the pain. But on the positive side, since the initial operation 6 years ago I’ve gone on to have a beautiful baby girl and am now 9 wks pregnant with my 2nd (and just had my annual colposcopy today which my dr said was fine to have while pregnant). Unfortunately I did have to have an emergency csection with my daughter after 30hrs of labor as I could not dialate, which I’ve been told since is most likely caused by scar tissue from the LEETZ procedure. For this next one I will be having an elective csection.
    So I guess my main points are – if you are worried and given the option, I’d go for the general anesthetic over local. You can still get pregnant after, although you could be like me and need a caesarean.
    And I’m now on my 6th year since having the initial procedure and haven’t had a bad result come back since (although I’m shit scared with anxiety everytime I have to go there!)

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    Bettina Reply:

    This was the information I was looking for. I was worried about how it would affect a pregnancy and delivery. You have confirmed the anxiety I was feeling. Is there anyone else who has experienced pregnancy and delivery complications due to this procedure? Has anyone had to have their cervix sewed shut to help along the pregnancy? Or were you forced to deliver early due to this procedure?

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    Tracy Reply:

    Hi Bettina,
    I had a LEEP done about 17 years ago, before I’d even been married a year. I was very scared & nervous that it would negatively impact my ability to carry a pg or deliver vaginally. My fears were unfounded. About 2 years after the LEEP I conceived my oldest daughter. They sent me in for an ultrasound of my cervix to see how much had been cut & to try to determine if there might be a potential problem. It was fine. I never required a cerclage, & my cervix dilated just fine during labor/delivery. 13 years later I conceived my 2nd daughter, who was also delivered vaginally. I was induced with my 2nd daughter due to Gestational Diabetes, but went into labor naturally with my first daughter. It’s scary, but try to have faith that everything will be ok. Just because you’ve had the procedure done doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically have difficulty carrying a pg or delivering. :)

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    elisha Reply:

    I feel your pain! I’ve had two kids since my LEEP and was never able to dilate. My water even broke with my first and I had still not dilated or efface. I never linked the two together until I just saw this post.

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  151. hello.. I had my LLETZ done a few days ago. I was very scared but my doctor was happy to put me to sleep and come back as a day patient. I feel asleep… woke up and couldn’t feel a thing. Ive had a few cramps and mild bleeding. other than that everythings fine. I have to wait 4 weeks for my results. If anyone else noticed a smell or strange discharge before the LLETZ and then nothing after and every thing is now smell free, please can you mention.

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  152. First of all, love this site! It’s great to have access to all this information and I wish I would have had it 10 years ago.
    I underwent a LLETZ procedure in 2003 after yearly pap smear showed abnormal cells which after biopsy proved to be CIN III. Local anesthetic was not an option I was offered but given others experiences, I’m glad that I had general. I was a little stressed about it all, maybe a lot stressed would be a better description, but it was a walk in the park. I had no pain afterwards, although I panicked when I had heavy bleeding later the same night which turned out to be my period coming a little early. I’ve learned since that my body likes to have periods when I’m stressed. Anyhow, that was a little over 10 years ago and 19 months ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I was prepared for having a cesarean but lo and behold I didn’t need to, labor was 12 hours from start to finish, pushing for 1 hour. That was the point of this long winded comment, just wanted to say that natural birth is not impossible after the LLETZ procedure, it wourked out great for me and hopefully for everyone else who has to undergo this. The only problem after birth was it took a while for my cervix to fully close but now all is good and most recent pap smear shows no abnormailies. :) Stay healthy and happy!!!

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    Bettina Reply:

    Oh great! You answered my worry completely! I just posted asking for info on whether a c-section was a certainty afterwards but I guess it is not always. Thanks!

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  153. Am booked for a Lletz procedure in 2 weeks, Im 53 and always had normal paps until the last one, biopsy revealed high abnormality. I am relieved to read letters from other women about what happens and it seems to be relatively easy day op. I will be having a general. Thanks ladies!!

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  154. Hi, my first abnormal Pap was CIN1, 3 months later I had another Pap and a biopsy, the results came back as CIN 1,2 & 3. I was terrified at the speed in which the results had changed. I had the LETZ procedure, I was given a local anaesthetic, I felt the sting of the needle then my legs began to shake, the nurse said this was normal, something to do with adrenalin! The whole procedure was completed within 20mins. The staff where great, I was very nervous and emotional but they talked me through everything. When the procedure was completed they explained what I would experience in the coming weeks. They where spot on!! I bled heavily for a few days then lightly for 4wks. After 1wk I started to lose this awful black stuff that looked and smelt like burnt rubber. I then had a smelly discharge, I can only describe this as smelling like a wet dog! They didn’t gloss over anything and gave it to me straight. I was glad of this as when it all happened I wasn’t worried. That was 3 years ago, I’m still on 6 monthly Pap tests. So far so good.

    If the colposcopy nurse hadn’t explained everything to me I would have been an emotional wreck. As it was the whole experience wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined and far better than the alternative.

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  155. This website is very informative to any woman or man who wants to know more about cervical cancer.

    I had a colposcopy done 2 days ago it wasn’t painful at all I just had a little discomfort and the doctor used and iodine solution which has left a scab on the inside and outside of the vagina. Will the scab be passed out of the vagina naturally since it is self cleaning and if so how long will it take?? Or do I have to use my fingers to remove it ….I’m fearful that the iodine solution scab may cause me to get an infection

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  156. I had an abnormal smear test in September showing minor changes of the cells and then was booked in for a copoloscopy on 6th November. It was fine and she said she can either do the loop treatment now or take a biopsy and see what that comes back as but would be better to do now. This was fine but i have now received a call to confirm my follow up copoloscopy appointment in 4 weeks from the date of the last one. Is this normal?

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  157. i had lletz procedure 10wks ago for cin3. i had just finished my period the day b4. 1wk or so after i took another period which was very dark in colour. unfortunately i did not listen to the advice that was given to me had had intercourse after this. im now 9wks pregnant and still have some slight blood stain after intercourse. is this normal?..p.s..i had antibioctics to help the healing process and biopsy came back with no cancer cells

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  158. I had the letz procedure done yesterday and went under local anesthetic I was very nervous about the procedure but it didn’t take very long I felt fine afterwards even today I feel fine the only thing I’ve noticed is having discharge that smells a little bit I hope this is normal as I’ve never had a smell from there before. ;(

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  159. I had a colposcopy performed about 4-5 years ago. I miscarried last February and I sometimes wonder if there was scarring or something wrong with my uterus from this procedure. Has anyone heard of that? It was my first pregnancy so I have nothing to compare to. Thanks

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  160. Thank you so much for all the information shared in here ladies. I am booked for an LLETZ this morning – and I’ve stumbled onto this website as I was very anxious about the surgery. Reading testimonials of other women that have gone through the same procedure reassures me. Will post after surgery .

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  161. Today i had a Lletz procedure after a pap revealed HPV and cin 2 squamous cells.I had a general anaesthetic as he tried to do biopsy in his clinic but because i have gone through menopause my cervix was too flat to get a good amount if tissue out,I feel ok at home now but very emotional,I hope to have a clear papsmear next time its done.

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    J The Owl Reply:

    Lisa B. I am having a LEEP tomorrow..dreading it a little, and I too am menopausal so hoping the local anesthesia will be sufficient to do the procedure without pain and bother..hadn’t thought about that flattened cervix possibility. I’m driving 4.5 hours away to have this done by my former gyno ( I’ve relocated over the past year), because I just don’t feel comfortable having a total stranger do this- feeling emotional about it, as well, which surprised me! Hope all is well with you, thanks for posting.

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  162. My recent pap smear showed abnormal cells so I had a colposcopy last week. The biopsy results showed CINII and my doctor said I could either have the LEEP procedure or wait a year and do another pap smear then to see if the cells go away on their own. I’m concerned to have the LEEP procedure because the colposcopy was very painful for me and I’m also worried how it would affect my cervix for future pregnancies. Does anyone have any advice on doing the LEEP procedure versus waiting?

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  163. I had a colposcopy for cin 3 two weeks ago. I had three biopsies taken and I have never been in so much pain!!!! I had the remainder of my period and the start of a bladder infection at the time so the gyno told me that this was why it could have hurt more than normal but it was my first one so I had nothing to compare the pain too. I bled for four days and was told that I shouldn’t have bled at all. I got told today that I have to have the LLETZ procedure in four weeks and I am having EXTREMELY bad anxiety about this, if possible I will be asking to be put out for this as going by what you ladies are saying this is the best option. I am also so worried though as I had a job interview today and all going well I will be starting the job at the end of this week, I will be waitressing at a busy restaurant so I’m worried with not being able to be active for three weeks that this will affect my chances of keeping this job. All of this plus the possibilities of things not going well with pregnancies etc I’m FREAKING OUT!!! Someone please help me with my anxiety

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  164. Hello Ladies! So interesting to read about other people’s experiences with cervical issues. I had Lletz for Cin III in December 2007. Been on yearly smear tests since. I had my little boy in November 2012. Carried full term without help with a cervix which is just 2cm long. In fact I over-ran my due date and had to be induced in the end – which is funny considering the Gynaecologists were worrying me by saying I could be at risk of having a premature birth. After the birth inducing drugs were given (I had two doses)I had a natural vaginal birth. So yes it is possible to have natural births after lletz. I’ve just had my smear test appointment, and the nurse called a doctor in to have a look. They saw lumps on my cervix so would not do the smear but referred me to gynaecologist again – my appointment is on Monday. Wish me luck :)

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  165. I had lletz today and biopsy the procedure I found uncomfortable and slight shArp
    Pain at times but overall ok. After and now feel very tender and emotional hoping this will
    Pass by tomorrow. Just got to wait for results. Very helpful to read all the comments here and
    Information on website.

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  166. My gynotold me they take only a pinpoint amount for the biopsy, she obviously lied. I read a lot and it seems that these procedures are rater unnecessary and jut a big profit for the medical industry at the expense of the woman. I meantey cut out a piece of you for what? Obly for it to come back? From what i’ve read, it usually comes back- your body just has to fight it.

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  167. I just had my pap smear done about 2 weeks ago, pap was normal with no cancer cells showing but my hpv was positive with the high risk strain. Does this mean that I have cancer? I have to have a colposcopy done for futher testing…I am scared to death thinking every minute I will have cervical cancer. I have had a partial hysterectomy where I only kept my cervix…has anyone had this problem….I am about to go crazy!!!

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  168. I had a pap smear done a few weeks ago due to bleeding in between periods, I was terrified hearing all my friends telling me to check it out , so sure enough it’s abnormal i just went in today for colposcopy my docter explained the whole procedure and talked me through it the first biopsy was of the cervix which wasn’t painful but uncomfortable , second biopsy was from the lining of my walls and there was when I felt extreme pain crampimg, it lasted very shortly but felt like an eternity it was done very quickly walked out with crampimg which is normal, so now I wait for my results Good luck ladies on your journey I hope I helped somewhat Godbless!

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  169. I had my LLETZ procedure a few days ago. Im 25 and haven’t got any kids. My first smear test came back as having severe dyskariosis. The doctor warned me that the injection might sting a bit so I took 200mg ibuprofen tablets 2 hours before the operation and sone 500mg paracetemol half hour before (I know you’re supposed to have at least 2 hours between ibuprofen and paracetemol but in my nervous state before the operation I completely forgoy. Im not verybgpod with pain and was really nervous before hand. The nurses calmed me down and held my hand. The injection honestly didnt hurt at all. Slight discomfort but not at all what I was expecting pain wise. The rest of the procedure I didn’t really feel either. I had some slight cramping like a period pain feeling but not excruciating. The injection had adrenaline in so my legs and voice went very shaky and that continued for about an hour afterwards.
    all in all it wasn’t a painful or scary procedure and I was absolutely terrified on the way there!

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  170. Hey I had a leep procedure april 10, 2014 and every since i been getting a cycle every 2 weeks. I am very worried put the doctor keep saying we will just keep monitoring it.

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  171. It’s great to see all of this info. I’m glad most people have been ok with babies, but what about other aspects like sex and periods? I notice one person saying their cycle was faster and another wondering if climax is the same. These are important. I asked my doc but he didn’t answer – probably doesn’t know. Anyone?

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