(Closed) Has anyone on here ever had a LEEP procedure?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I have had a LEEP procedure, but I don’t intend on having children, nor do I have any currently.  I heard similar information: some women experience difficulty carrying due to weakening of the uterus (i think that’s what they said?) and deliver early.  It wasn’t a huge concern to me because I don’t want kids. Sorry I can’t help further!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@canadian-b33:  Ah–that’s what it is!! Makes sense, considering that’s where they do the procedure…it’s too early, I got my organs mixed up haha

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My sister and I have both had the procedure- she is 13 weeks pregnant now and it was a concern for her and her doctor initially.  At her appointment last week the doctor checker her cervix and said everything is looking strong and there is no reason to belive she’ll be at an elevated risk for pre-term labor.  I’m hoping my examination will show the same thing.  I think that, especially now, the procedure is done with a very high level of attention to how it could affect cervical strength.  If you’re nervous, I’d tell your doctor about your concerns.  I have a feeling that the pros of having the procedure will outweigh the possible cons, though.

 

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

There is some kind of laser surgery that you can get as an alternative that doesn’t have the same risks.  I don’t rememember which one it is, but talk to your doctor about it.  My friend had it doene because she was concerned about having children.  Not all doctors do it, I think b/c LEEP is cheaper and quicker. Lots of doctors are quick to give women the LEEP.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had one and I am 9 weeks pregnant now.  My current OB is also the doc who performed my LEEP, so they know my history. Nobody has mentioned any concerns about that so far. In fact, when Darling Husband and I decided to TTC, I asked if my history would cause any issues and they said not to worry.

My OB told me before the procedure that most of the tissue would probably grow back, and he was very pleased with the healing process at my first follow-up appointment. These days, they are very conservative with how much they cut out, so I think it’s not as big of a problem as it used to be.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Yes, I had one and I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant…I made it full term, but I have been taking it easy the past month or two.  I was put on light bed rest, but I don’t think it had anything to do withthe procedure.  I was also put on bed rest during my first pregnancy for going into labor early, but that was before the procedure.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@EleanorRigby:  “Lots of doctors are quick to give women the LEEP”

That’s because it is still the most effective way to remove abnormal cells.  There are other procedures that are less invasive (e.g. cryotherapy), but they also have a lower success rate.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@canadian-b33:  the pros will definitely out-weigh the cons!  I didn’t have LEEP done but I had laser vaporization done (same reason, different procedure) and my doc said the same thing.  slight chance of not carrying full term, but by no means was it a drastic number, he said slightly pre-term which to me means maybe a week or two, certainly not more than that.

I’m actually going for my 1 year  post-op check up today at 2pm, then Darling Husband and I starting TTC if all goes well!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@AprilJo

It may be the most effective way, but that doesn’t mean it is always best… especially b/c not all abnormal paps indicate the same degree of risk.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@EleanorRigby:  They don’t order LEEPs after a few abnormal paps.  I went through several colposcopies and biopsies for 2 years, and they only ordered the LEEP after a biopsy result came back high grade.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I had one about 3 or 4 years ago and am currently 14 weeks pregnant. I asked my doctor and she said they would just check my cervix in the 2nd trimester to make sure it was measuring normally and there was really no reason to worry. Even if its not measuring normally, they may put a stitch in to strengthen it or do light bedrest. I’ve still been a little concerned but until she tells me things don’t look ok – i’m not thinking about it! 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had the LEEP done 7 yrs ago and am now 26 weeks pregnant. My doctor checked my cervix at 18 weeks, 22 weeks, and 24 weeks, and everything is still completely closed. I have had no side effects from having it done, especially related to pregnancy. As long as your doctor is aware of the procedure you should be fine. It is actually almost better in some cases because your doctor is checking for signs of premature labor.

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