(Closed) Getting cervical cells frozen??

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@stardustintheeyes:  I had this done last year for the exact reasons you’re having it done. My gyno said the outside of the cervix (the spot she’s freezing) doesn’t have many nerve endings so it shouldn’t be painful. It was somewhat painful but more uncomfortable than anything. It’s a very odd feeling because you can feel the cold somewhat. I was in and out in about an hour I think. I didn’t go back to work though because I was somewhat sore (comparable to menstrual cramps). Try not to worry about it and plan on relaxing over the weekend. My last three paps have been normal! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes I had this done many (more then I care to remember) years ago.  Do not worry too much.  As the PP said, it is uncomfortable but not really painful.  You feel the cold but it isn’t unbearable.  The procedure itself took 15-20 mins and I went home afterwards because I was told to expect cramping.  It was nothing worse than my usual monthly cramps.  You will be fine.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@stardustintheeyes:  Whatever helps! I’m not one to take pills either, but had it been offered to me, I would’ve taken it just to relax because I was a little tense not knowing what to expect. It’s really not that bad – just uncomfortable and a little awkward. You’ll be just fine and you’ll be glad you took care of it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had it done a couple of years ago. Wasn’t painful at all, just crampy. Maybe I’m the only one who experienced this because no one else has mentioned anything, but I had clear discharge for WEEKS afterwards. Like LOTS of it. It was extremely unpleasant. Now I’m legit curious if no one else had this happen.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@stardustintheeyes:  I did have the colposcopy done too. I think that was a little more painful than the freezing, but the colp was over faster. I think I spotted for a week or so after, but I don’t remember any discharge (doesn’t mean I didn’t have it; just means my memory is bad!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@stardustintheeyes:  Why did your doctor choose cryo over the LEEP/LETZ procedure?  The recovery from the latter is supposed to be better.  I had a local anesthetic with my in office LEEP so I didn’t feel a thing; I also had the option to do it as an outpatient surgery with general anesthesia.

I will say that the procedure was the easy part.  Recovery was extremely uncomfortable.  I was bloated and crampy for two weeks and I still get twinges every few days (I am 3 weeks post procedure.)  I had my period over this past weekend and since then the discharge has pretty much stopped but prior to then I had to wear a pad or pantyliner everyday.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@stardustintheeyes:  I had pre-cancerous cells when I was 20 (now 38) after a positive pap smear and boipsy. 

The cells were so spread out on my cervix, i opted for the laser surgery – I had to go to the OR for that and put under anesthesia.  Outpatient surgery. Crampy for a few days, some bleeding (that I can remember, it was so long ago). 

Tons and Tons of regularly scheduled pap smears to make sure that the cells were completely gone and didn’t return. 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

The procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than the regular colposcopy but it’s really just an extended colposcopy.  The main discomfort for me was having the speculum in for so long.  The set up for the procedure took about 5 minutes, the procedure took about 2-3 minutes, and then it took another 5 minutes for clean up after the procedure.  The speculum stays in the entire time.

I took a xanax before the procedure and stayed pretty clam.  My legs did start shaking during the procedure but that was from the adrenaline in the local anesthetic. I put my hands on my knees to steady the shaking so it wouldn’t affect the procedure.  After the procedure my blood pressure didn’t come back down right away so I had to lay on the table for an additional 15 minutes until it fell enough that the nurses were comfortable with letting me sit up to get dressed.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@stardustintheeyes:  LEEP preserves the cells better for the pathologist to read the biopsy tissue.  Cryo and laser treatment tend to destroy the tissue.  LEEP is a bit more expensive of a procedure but I liked knowing the pathologist had actual tissue to look at.  My understanding is that most gynos prefer LEEP over cryo and that cryo is pretty much on its way out.  There is a lower chance of needing a cone biopsy after a LEEP as well.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295871/

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