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I was diagnosed with HPV and cervical inflammation/dysplasia last year. I underwent a LEEP procedure in March and everything seemed to be fine. The discharge stopped, pain stopped and swelling stopped and I felt great! My recovery was actually really easy too.
Now this month (June) of the same year that I got the LEEP done, I am starting to experience frequent dull cramps(like period cramps) a lot and a white milky discharge started to come out of me. About 2 weeks later, this discharge has gotten thicker and is always in my vagina and I feel itchy and irritated. I'm just wondering if it sounds like the dysplasia has already returned and if so, does this mean that it is getting worse and turning into cancer?
I was diagnosed with CIN111 so if my gynie didn't get all the cells, will I have to have a hysterectomy? I'm only 30 and have only slept with 2 people.
This is so unfair and I am starting to get worried. Any insight would really help.
Thanks!
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replied July 6th, 2009
JLH79, i'm sorry you are having such a hard time post LEEP. I just had mine 3 weeks ago (I had CIN I-III) and so far everything is going according to plan, much the way you said yours did after the March procedure. I think it is unlikely your recent issues are a result of the LEEP but rather, it sounds like you may just have a yeast infection or possibly bacterial vaginosis, both of which cause more than usual discharge, itching, and an odd smell. i dont think you should worry that it is the dysplasia returning but rather one of the more common things i mentioned above. go to your gyno and get it looked at bc if it is one of the two things i said, its an easy fix with antibiotics (1 pill for the yeast infection, a weeks worth for the bacterial vaginosis), and on the off chance that it is the dysplasia returning you probably want to know that sooner rather than later although i have never heard of abnormal cells itching. Quick question for you, how long did you wait after the procedure to have sex again and was that before or after your post leep checkup?

Thanks!
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replied July 6th, 2009
Thanks so much for the reply june162009. I think that you may be right because the discharge and everything seems different, almost irritating like yeast. All of this started to happen after my post op follow up. I'm assuming that they would call me if my pap was abnormal again. I was going to wait til my september appointment(my second follow up after the procedure) but maybe I'll try to get in sooner for antibiotics.
I actually have not had sex at all after the leep was done cuz I don't have a boyfriend or anything like that right now. Pretty sure that I'm going to go ahead and get the gardisil shot done (like my gyno suggested) before I have sex again. I don't want to have to go through all of this LEEP hoopla again ya know?

Thanks again for the reply, it's made me feel much better Smile
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replied February 8th, 2012
Please keep your religious views to yourself. If you are sexually frustrated and not living a full and joyful life because of your belief in God, that's a shame for you. But really, we don't need you imposing your world view on the rest of us.

What did people, especially children, who are killed by earthquakes or tornadoes do to incur God's wrath? I don't think your theory holds up to the empirical distribution of misery in the world. Put a sock in it and let those of us who want to help each other do just that without your unwelcome moralizing.
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replied July 6th, 2009
im glad i could be of some help. i would def suggest calling your gyno and telling them you think you have a yeast infection bc they should get you a rush appt as its just for the antibiotic. if they dont i would suggest going to a clinic like planned parenthood bc they have all that ready and check under a microscope while you are there so there is no waiting period. also, the guardisil vaccine is a series of three shots done over an 8 month period. i have already gotten my first and second shot but dont go in for my 3rd til october. i was told that they do not vaccinate against any strains of hpv we already have but can prevent a few others that we could possibly get in the future. my doctor told me to wait 6 weeks before sex or tampons or anything but i have read many people saying 3-4 weeks. my checkup is in 3 weeks so i guess i will just wait and see what my gyno says. thanks!
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replied August 8th, 2009
Does the Gardasil vaccine actually work if you have HPV allready??
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replied August 9th, 2009
The Gardisil Vaccine doesn't help the HPV that's been contracted aleady, but it prevents future infection of other strains so it is a good idea to get it even if you have already been diagnosed with HPV.
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replied August 9th, 2009
It turned out that my problem after a leep was in fact a really bad yeast infection! So I suggest going to get any thing checked out after a leep, even if its something you`re not sure you should get checked out or not.
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replied September 7th, 2009
I had a LEEP procedure done on Sept 4. I have been having this watery beige discharge since the procedure. It kind of feels like I slightly pee on myself, but it's not pee. Is this discharge normal? What else can I expect from this healing process? I am kind of a hypocondriac and I am really scared of getting an infection.
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replied September 7th, 2009
As far as I know,discharge and an increase in discharge is totally normal during the healing process of a leep,especially if you just got it down recently. If the discharge continues for more than 2 weeks though; I would consult your gynie. If you're worried about the discharge or if it starts to smell odd, definetly consult your gynie.
Recovery from the LEEP was very easy, there was little to no pain, no extra bleeding either. Initially I was very swollen which made inserting antibiotics very painful and hard, but an anti inflammatory drug will help that. My periods have changed days though and are now a bit heavier since having the procedure unfortunately.
Just remember, don't douche or blast anything up there (including water) for at least 3-6 weeks or else your chances of getting an infection or breaking open stitches is greatly increased.
For any concerns, go to your gynie immediatly.
Hope this helps,sorry for being long winded.
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replied September 8th, 2009
thank you so much. the more information the better. i also had no pain. i didn't receive any antibiotics though for treatment of the procedure.
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replied September 8th, 2009
I had the LEEP done on July 3rd. Pretty much the whole month I had discharge and it went in stages, 1st it was barely anything, a little clear, 2nd it was like a black charred looking discharge, probably burnt tissue from the procedure, then it went back to just a watery discharge, luckily I had a friend that went through the same thing so I could confide in her. The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics but told me not to take it unless the discharge smelled really bad like "dead fish out in the sun". My discharge never had a bad odor so I never took the antibiotic. When I went back to my doctor for my follow up she said everything healed beautifully and I was back to normal. So on July 26th I had my period which was normal and right on time but it is now Sept. 8th and I have not had a period since, I'm now 12 days late, I took a pregnancy test (which my husband and I use condoms)and it was negative so I'm trying to find out if this is normal. Good luck to anyone who has had to deal with this
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replied September 16th, 2009
Once again, I am convinced that the LEEP procedure didn't work. My swabs for yeast and all other infections, sti's etc came back normal so it isn't BV or a yeast infection that is causing this. I went to my gyno today and had a pap done. He said that my discharge was normal mid cycle discharge and that I had nothing to worry about, but when he did the pap, it hurt like hell! It felt like he was sticking me with knives. Paps aren't supposed to hurt at all, and the last time my pap hurt like this, was when I found out I had HPV and Cervical dysplasia.
I am so worried again that this has come back and that it is developing into cancer. I am such a hypochondriac, but I am also in a lot of pain!
I'm so tired of having to think about this every single day!
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replied December 13th, 2009
Menstrual Cycle Post Leep Procedure
I was wondering if anyone notice a change in their menstrual cycle? Like for example spotting before your period comes? I have been spotting for 2 weeks like clockwork before my period comes and it sucks. Does my cycle go back to normal?
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replied April 1st, 2011
I had the LEEP procedure done one year ago and ever since i start spotting for a week then I start my period for 7 days. Like you this never happened to me before surgery. Did you ever manage to get back to normal?
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replied March 4th, 2010
I had leep surgery done in August. It is MArch and i get my period soo much more frequently. i start spotting for a week then i start my period for 7 days. never happened before the surgery. really frusterating. I am wondering the same thing if it will ever go back to normal
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replied April 1st, 2011
I had the LEEP procedure done one year ago and ever since i start spotting for a week then I start my period for 7 days. Like you this never happened to me before surgery. Did you ever manage to get back to normal?
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replied July 14th, 2010
i had my leep in dec it is now july and every time my husband and i have intercourse i bleed sometimes i only spot and other times i have to where a pad for a few days.my doc has tried silver nitrate about 4 times and it hasn't worked. now today i have to have a colposcopy and i'm worried. i had cin lll in dec. now i'm wondering if they didn't get everything becouse to see this spot that keeps bleeding she has to look pretty far to the left to see it.anyone else have that kind of prob. with the bleeding?
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replied September 26th, 2012
Hi

I also had a leep procedure 2 years ago and when me and my boyfriend had intercourse also happened the same thing and only a few months ago it stopped...I guess the body needs time to recover...even though it may take 2 years...I did all the exams and everything was fine with me, the doctors also didn't know to explain...
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replied July 15th, 2010
Leep: discharge and recovery
I had Leep done in early June. The procedure was awkward but didn't hurt much, though (I think) the electicity thing they use to remove the cells made my heart race and I felt a little faint, and was still a bit shaky for about 10-15 mins. I was able to take the bus home without any problem.
In early July I had it done again to remove more cells (slightly early apparently, but necessary for whatever reason). Same experience through the procedure, though I had cramping throughout the day, much like gas or menstrual cramps. Not debilitating, but I was advised to take it easy that day and was glad to.
After all the weird discharge after the first one, I'm noticing it's quite the same the second time, so far. Here are the details:
-first 5ish days, minimal brownish discharge, strange odour. I wore pantyliners. Bits of brown flaky stuff in toilet that I think might be some sort of gauze, based on something the dr. said.
-6/7th day, heavier, still brownish, a little bit of blood. Switched to maxipad.
-8th day, black stuff. Shocking and yucky. Some of the "coffee ground" looking stuff too.(This is where I am 2nd time as I write this)
-another week of less, still brownish, still strange smelling, discharge.
-My period. It was as usual. At the end of it, I switched back to pantyliners (thank god! I thought I'd be wearing a pad for the rest of my life!) but...
-about one month after the procedure, at the end of my period I had three bouts of very alarming heavy bleeding. No pain or anything. They happened about 16 hours apart, I had to go to a clinic (as it was a weekend) and was told all looked okay, but if it got worse to go to emerge. It did not get any worse.
-As it happened, my dr. called me to book another appointment asap. I was nervous, but she just needed to get me in before her vacation, because after was too long to wait. She ended up doing the second leep because she could see the bad cells and didn't want to leave them.
-So far, aside from the gassy cramps, the second time has been very similar to the first.
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replied July 16th, 2010
well my doc took two samples when she did the colposcopy i go for the results next thursday. she said that we will prob. do another leep. thankfully my doc. puts me to sleep for the leep : )
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replied July 16th, 2010
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I have read all of your posts and all but one of you have failed to mention why you had to have a LEEP procedure done in the first place...Denial or what?Mre often than not it is through contracting HPV.
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replied April 2nd, 2011
Obviously all high grade and chronic cervical dysplasia is caused from the HPV virus and we assumed if you're reading this topic that you would know that. So to answer your question, it's not denial, it's a mutual understanding of a basic concept and common sense. Naturally we know why we've got it, that's not what we're discussing.

If you were on a pregnancy/childbirth forum would you expect everyone to mention how they ended up pregnant in the first place? No, deer, obviously they had sex.
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replied September 23rd, 2011
Everyone already knows why they had a LEEP, otherwise they wouldn't be here.
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replied July 16th, 2010
to anyone who needs to know, yes my freakin cinlll was caused by hpv.are you happy now or what? i just happened to get the kind of hpv that can cause cancer witch i am waiting to see if i have.
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replied July 21st, 2010
Mine as well as other females have the HPV that causes cancerous cells. I was 16 when my partner at that time found out & then I got checked & found out I had it.. Now I am 30yrs old & had my LEEP done May 6th, 2010... My results came back good but last month June 24th, 2010 I started my cycle, it was light & didnt last long. Last week July 14th, 2010 I started spotting ONLY for four days. Now 1 week later I started again but its light red rather then spotting. I have noticed when me n my Husband are intimate that I bleed pink & it doesnt last long. I am soooo confused about all this. I no longer carry health insurance & dont know what 2 do.
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