UPDATE: Colposcopy results are in. Need LEEP procedure

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
7896 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Good for you for taking care of yourself. Good luck with your procedure- it’s not too invasive from what I’ve heard. Always feels better to know and to deal then to hide. 

Post # 3
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi again! I’m sorry for the not so stellar news, but the silver lining is its totally treatable. I had my LEEP done in Aug, got pregnant end of November. As I mentioned on the other thread, I am considered high risk because of the LEEP but haven’t had any issues whatsoever. 

My dr. knew what our TTC timeline was and she never said anything other than waiting the few weeks after the LEEP to heal.

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Post # 5
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

commenting to follow. I just had the procedure last week and have the same concerns. The doctor said to wait 4-6 weeks to TTC (to give time for the cervix to heal and to get the results of my leep). She mentioned that if I experienced a miscarriage in my second trimester that i could get a cerclage placed in my second pregnancy. I asked if I would be monitored more closely in my pregnancy and she said no because even shorter cervical length is not a reliable way to predict if there will be issues..and action is only taken in second pregnancy if there is a loss. I didn’t find that to be reassuring but when I did some of my own research I read that women were followed closely in their first pregnancy as well, so not sure why my doc told me otherwise. 

Post # 6
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

SweetBeets:  I don’t think I was any more concerned than any other mom during that critical period. I still ran, weightlifted, pretty much kept up the same routine. I started getting ultrasound every 2 weeks at 16 weeks to measure cervical length – which is what they are concerned about after a LEEP. There been no change.

Before I had the procedure done I had the talk with my dr about possible complications from the LEEP. She told me that it’s possible, but not something they commonly see. It really depends on how much they have to remove.

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

SweetBeets:  I had a LEEP around this time last year so I completely understand how nervous you are.  I found some studies that showed only a 1% chance of issues during pregnancy that were attributable to LEEP and my doctor confirmed it with me at my appointment.  LEEP is much less invasive than cone biopsies which were common in the past.

I decided to do it as an in-office procedure with local anesthetic and I’m glad I did because the procedure wasn’t that bad.  I will say that it’s stinky due to the laser but I didn’t feel a thing even though he pinched me with a clamp on the cervix before starting.  The procedure itself only took a few minutes but the prep beforehand and cleanup afterwards took almost an hour.  Make sure to have someone drive you to and from the appointment and definitely plan to take that day and probably the next day off.  After the procedure my blood pressure would not come back down so the nurse made me comfortable, turned on some calm music, and turned off the lights in the room to allow my blood pressure to return to normal.

They tell you that you will have icky discharge for a few weeks after the procedure but the thing they don’t tell you about the discharge is that it can be scary.  Apparently, the laser causes the inside cells of your wall to slough off en masse.  Aside from the discharge I had a lot of discomfort in my uterus/vagina for 4-6 weeks following the procedure.  Walking long distances caused it to ache too.  But since then I have had good pap smears and my doctor has no concerns regarding our plans to TTC early next year.

Post # 8
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

SweetBeets:  Hi! Just wanted to give some extra support.  I had my leep done almost 4 weeks ago, and just had my post-op visit.  The procedure itself wasn’t bad at all, and took only about 10-15 minutes.  I felt fine immediately afterwards, but found that I wanted to rest and stay off my feet for the rest of the day.

I am getting married this year, so I also asked my doctor about how long we had to wait to TTC after the procedure.  She said that while technically some women get pregnant immediately afterwards and have successful pregnancies, that I should wait at least 3 months to TTC.

In my post-op visit, my doctor said that my cervix still looked great for carrying a pregnancy to term and not to worry about it at all.

Good luck!


ETA: Mine was done in a hospital

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Post # 9
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I appreciate you sharing your experiences. I’ve gone down the beginning stages of this process and it was uncomfortable but not terrible. Thankfully I was cleared but there’s always that ‘what if’ feeling when I go back to the doctor. Best of luck to you!

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