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August 3rd, 2010
to whomever you are that said nobody had mentioned HPV... that's b/c we all KNOW it's from HPV... and MOST ppl. have it, it's not some horrible thing. I was raped 3 years ago, and then the ONLY person I've been with is my husband.... so for SOME ppl. it may FRUSTRATE them that they got HPV.. b/c you never really KNOW who it's from... but for me, it's from being raped... NOW I have to have LEEP done, and i have to have chunks removed from my cervix... would I love to go blow the guy up who raped me, YES... b/c all of you think it's uncomfortablee laying there legs spread... try being raped and then having to go through all this invasion... I will be put to sleep due to being raped and the anxiety I have from all of this. I have been blessed to have my beautiful daughter, but she will be it for us... the amount of my cervix that has to be removed, it's too risky to even try to get pregnant. We are fine with that b/c I also have a cyst on my brain and the symptoms from that are too great and I can't take the meds if i were preggers... so whoever you are, that comment about nobody mentioned HPV, nobody is in denial... it's not like we did something horrible and got it... everybody on here is talking about the LEEP procedure and trying to help others out to let everybody know the way they healed, etc... so be NICE!
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replied August 21st, 2010
I'm only 19 & I went through the LEEP procedure at the end of May. It was a terrible experience. Walking hurt, waking up hurt.. the only thing that kept me sane was the numbing gel. I have had sexual intercourse since. It has been painful. I was just informed that I have a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. I'm just praying this is all over and done with after I get the results from my gyno.
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replied August 25th, 2010
I have had a few leep procedures done and my period has never been the same either. I spot for a few days before my period actually starts its normal flow.It is so frustrating. I had my last leep back in 08 and i still have issues with my cycle. I am also spotting during and after sex and it doesnt feel as good as it used to. The doctor never has any good answers for me. I have normal paps and i have had internal sonograms done to make sure that I dont have polyps or cysts or any types or veginal tears. I honestly think that after all the trauma to my cervix it is just sensitive since the doctors cant find anything wrong.
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replied November 21st, 2010
Leep - discharge odour??
I had my leep done last week and so far everything seems relatively normal. I experienced cramping right after and into the evening but by next day it was gone. I bled (red) for the first 4 days and now it's turned dark brown, almost black. The discharge seems lighter too as I have switched from pads to panty liners. However, one thing I've noticed that is driving me crazy is the odour! The discharge smells REALLY bad and it's very embarrassing. I'm totally paranoid that others can smell it too. I have resorted to taking two showers a day! Does anyone else have a strong odour associated with the discharge? I don't have any signs of infection such as itching, burning, etc. Is this normal? Should I contact the doctor?
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replied August 27th, 2011
did you ever find out if the odour was normal?
i just had my LEEP last friday morning and i did not bleed at all afterwards, nor did i experience any painful cramps.
BUT the last 4 days i have had to wear pads because of the clear, slightly brown watery discharge that seems to be non stop, along with the speckled black charcoal like stuff. AND i have this strong odour down there.
i've been reading the forums, and no one really mentions odour. i'm super paranoid that other people can smell it as well.
AND i'm also wondering about the black stuff.... i think it's normal, but it's still weird.
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replied March 23rd, 2011
LEEP problems
Well ladies thank heavens I have finally found this forum.I am 41 years old, two beautiful children now 16 and 13.November 2010 was my first erratic moderate changes pap smear (bled through the smear so knew something was wrong), December had colposcopy and leep (opted for immediate treatment).Results came back with CIN3 recommendation to have another pap in 6 months. Moderate pain and usual brown/flaky discharge for the initial two weeks. Menstruation cycle started me having severe pain, and uterine cramps, so bad I was literally crawling to get to the bathroom. (I would have preferred going through labour again), and from being a light bleeder, I poured (changing heavy overnight pads every hour). Went in and was told I must have a uterine infection...so despite my intolerance to the things, was given a double course of anti biotics.Things got slightly better with the major pain killers, but could not remove a light pad at all times. Jan/ Feb and now March has seen me have abnormally heavy periods for an extended week, irregular pain,lower back pain and lower buttocks, cramping pain and spotting /breakthrough fresh blood bleeding throughout the month alternating with spotting or heavy discharge.My stomach is distended and the GP says the uterus is tender and swollen even though my being pregnant through all this palava would be somewhat like the miraculous conceptions we read about in the bible (I have been too sore/ bloody and scared to even attempt sex) all in all I'm rather sick and tired of being sick and tired.Despite 4 visits to the GP in lieu of all the symptoms, I finally have arrived at a gynae visit on the 30th of this month. Let's hope there is good news somewhere because I am not the very best bearer of news about the LEEP procedure nor its aftermath. So pleased that most have an easier time than what Ive had to go through. Will keep you ladies posted...Advice is given that don't keep thinking that things will normalize because in my case it didn't.If you are worried about any part, get advice please and don't take apathy lightly.
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replied March 24th, 2011
JLH79 wrote:
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.


Hi, I'm just really curious, did your doctor give you antibiotics to insert? Mine gave me oral antibiotics. I also noticed that you mentioned sticthes, did you get stitches after or during your LEEP?
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replied May 29th, 2011
In December 2007 I had the LEEP procedure done. My following PAP smears have all been normal since, which I am very thankful for. However, things are different than before.

Prior to having the procedure, I had only had one yeast infection ever but after I started getting them every month around the same time as my period. Now I get them 1-2 times per year. Also, I still have a lot of discharge. Has anyone else experienced this?
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replied June 14th, 2011
i ve had a leep done 2 days back...it all happened in 6 months since i found out that i have some low grade changes until operation..i did few pap test and hpv test showed positive,later on colposcopy with biopsy and after getting results they ordered leep in like just few days so i didnt even had time to think or do my research properly.now i am wondering if i had made good desecion to go for leep? ia m scared of complications.in few days my results of leep will come and i am freakin out.i missed of doing pap smear in like 2 years but i had the same partner all this time..how come that in 2 years i can be so badly infected with this?
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replied December 8th, 2012
In my research I've found that HPV can take years or even decades to show up. I've been sexually active for 20 years and any of the four men Ive been with could have given it to me. I've had abnormal paps several times over the years, but I was always told that it was nothing. Finally, last year my abnormal pap showed that I had HPV. I wanted to blame it on my ex-husband, but the doctor told me it could have been anyone because men are carriers but have no symptoms. You're fortunate they did your leep in just a few days. Kaiser made me wait 3 months until they could "fit me in" for the procedure. I'm already a cancer survivor (thyroid cancer) so I believe it's always better safe than sorry.
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replied June 22nd, 2011
I had LEEP procedure done 5 days ago...I am so scared because my doctor did not inform me of anything to be concerned about, expect or not expect. He left as soon as it was over without a word. The nurse told me to get dressed. I was stunned and asked her "anything I should know" she replied no you should be fine...luckily I had read a little up on the procedure and I asked her "should I refrain from anything" she replied "no, he wants you back in 2 weeks for a check up"....

I got dressed and didnt ask any more questions as I felt I was just being paranoid and everything should be fine. I get home and start having HEAVY bleeding, passing HUGE blood clots, soaking pads every hour. I decide to dig a little deeper online to find out I am not suppose to take baths, swim, wear tampons, have sex (not that I would right now) and refrain from exercising.

I have no insurance and my clinic sat me up with a Susan G Komen grant that has paid for all of my procedure and referred me to this hospital and Doctor that done the LEEP...He is not my normal gyno and I am concerned that he is not concerned with my actual health. This has caused me to be an emotional wreck! I was told that I have cervical cancer and now I feel like I have just been fed to the dogs!

Besides my emotions I have laid in my bed for 5 days, I am still bleeding and since the Doctor did not send me home with any instructions I do not know if my symptoms are normal or not???

Any advice is appreciated!
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replied August 10th, 2011
turtletop u have to find another doctor!
never get satisfied with opinion of one doctor..such a big things like operations u gotta consult properly with others going same things and ask many questions until u feel fine and comfortable..my friend who was having cin 3 didnt go for leep procedure and today her pap is fine..it all depends on ur doctor but i believe that if u find a good one he can make u heal from it! i have to wait another 5 months to have another pap and until that time i ll eat healthy food and exercise and pray thats all! thats all i can do now..also i advise to everyone to go for general bacterial test of ureoplazma, micoplasma etc..because in the case u have anything of that ur standing less chance to fight and winn over hpv. therefore ur doctor will prescribe medicine or antibiotik to fight other bacterias..hope this helped! wish u all best of luck in fighting hpv!
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replied December 10th, 2011
Sue the Doctor
Sue his ass! Im so tired of these doctors getting away with telling us little to nothing about any of our concerns! Im a teacher, i get paid...nothing! and yet im the one teaching these "future doctors."
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replied July 20th, 2011
Still bleeding heavily after 5 days is a cause for concern you should let the dr kno. I had my LEEP done last week and all I knew was not to have sex. I have had light discharge then it looked like almost greenish black coffee grounds came out all at ounce and now a green black flaky discharge. I am also itching but I'm jot sure if it's from wearing the pads which I never normally use or if something else is going on. It is frustrating and irritating to have to deal with all of this.
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replied August 4th, 2011
I had the LEEP done at the end of May because of severe cervical dysplasia. I started my period two days after my procedure. YIKES! Now it is August and I still haven't had a period. I went to my post op pap in June and results were normal then I just went again last week. For the past month I have been getting dull to painful cramps everyday, unexplained. I have taken pregnancy tests to make sure because I had sex once about two months after my procedure. It was painful. It was very painful to have a pap smear last week too. I go for an ultrasound to see what is causing the pain and I await the results of my latest pap smear to see if something is wrong.
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replied November 10th, 2011
leep side effects....
I had the leep done about a week ago. My doctor told me about the discharge and odor and what I should not do for 6 weeks until my follow-up apt. My job involves a lot of moving around where I am on my feet for 8+ hours. I am responsible for every area of the store that contains a register, so the majority of my time at work I am constantly going back and forth from one end of the store to the other. Last night was very busy so I was on the go all night with out a chance to rest. When I left for the night I was sore and mildly crampy so I took some tylenol and went to bed. Today when I went to work I was incredibly uncomfortable. I went into a cold sweat and got pale. My boss's sent me home worried I may have an infection. I wasn't given antibiotics and was just told to take IB Proffen.
I still feel bloated and slightly crampy and just plain yuck. I am overly sensitive and weak feeling. Is this normal or should I call my doctor. I don't want an infection. Help please.
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replied December 12th, 2011
I also had a leep procedure due to the abnormal cells(after 2 abnormal pap smears) I don't have hpv...but I always had a very bad smell a day later after being intimate with my husbands of 12 yrs...I have talked to my gyn about it and he told me that he told me that he couldn't smell anything after doing pap smear....my blood work was negative for all stds...its so frustrating....I hate the smell and avoid having intercourse with my husbands Sad my gyn and my husbands think its all in my head:( its been 3 weeks now since my leep procedure I'm still bleeding heavily, no bad smell but a lot of itching....now I'm thinking if the abnormal pap smears were due to untreated yeast infection??
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replied February 1st, 2012
"very bad smell"
It's my opinion that the "very bad smell" is the natural odor that is the result of semen mixing with vaginal secretions and it does have a fishy odor that has some women convinced something's wrong, when it's actually just what semen and secretions smell like. The only way to avoid the odor is to ask your husband to wear a condom.
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replied February 21st, 2012
Actually if you are experiencing a re-occuring or lingering fishy smell it is very likely that you have Bacterial Vaginosis. Bellaayan, I would see another doctor and let them know you suspect BV
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replied December 17th, 2011
LEEP
Hey ladies, i'm 23 years old and I just schedule my LEEP for 12/29 and i am freaking out about it. I read in another forum that a doctor gave someone an anti-anxiety med and a prescription painkiller before the procedure. Is this at all common? I have an extremely low pain tolerance and would just like to know if it would be appropriate to ask my doctor for something like that.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback!
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replied January 26th, 2012
Painless LEEP, but with extended spotting
I am posting because I want to let others know that the procedure does not have to hurt. I was put under general anethesia and didn't feel a thing. I was wary when they sent me home with two different pain medications, but I decided to stop taking them after only one day and did not experience any pain. My only complaint is that I have a nagging, dripping, brown discharge that makes me feel like an old car with an oil leak! It's been 41 days (6 weeks) since my LEEP. The spotting is very light, but it just doesn't seem to want to stop. My Dr said that she had difficulty getting me to stop bleeding after the LEEP and ended up having to stitch my cervix all the way around to stop the bleeding, and as a result, I would take longer to heal.
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replied February 21st, 2012
Hi Everyone,

I felt the need to share my story as it sounds like unfortunately many of you may have been mis-informed and I hope my experience can help answer some of your concerns or questions!

I had my pap back in October and weeks later was told I had no std's but the pap had come back abnormal and I would need to go in for a colposcopy to see the cells better and go from there. ( I would also like to mention I do not have HPV - and not all women who have to have the LEEP procedure do)

My colposcopy was quick and slightly uncomfortable but I felt completely fine afterwards. The doctor had me cough while she took the biopsies, and this helped distract from the pain! Two weeks later the results from my doctor showed the first 2 biopsies on the outer area of my cervix were clear, but the one from a little deeper in (the slightly crampy feeling biopsy) showed Grade II cells and they recommended a LEEP procedure.

The procedure happened days later (they had a cancellation) They first used the vinegar like solution on my cervix just like the colposcopy to look at the cells. Then they injected a local anesthetic (which did hurt a bit)and THIS is what makes your heart race a bit, ladies. The anesthetic has some adrenaline in it which makes your heart beat a little faster. It passes after a minute or so. I found it did give me a slightly painful burning sensation down there - but was told this is perfectly normal. The actual removal of the tissue took literally seconds.

The one thing I should have done before my LEEP was made sure I ate breakfast. Though I felt okay leaving the room, by the time I hit the lobby of the hospital I was pale and dizzy and in cold sweats. I sat down and had some juice and a bagel and felt better after about 15 minutes. The nurse had told me its important to have the right sugar levels in your body or the anesthetic can make you feel sick and/or faint. That is what happened to me,

That day I had some light bleeding and cramping. I took it easy on the couch and was just careful and a little slow moving for the next few days. It has been almost two weeks now, and the cramping is still very slightly there and I have a light yellow-ish brownish very watery discharge which does feel a bit like a light period or as though you've urinated a bit. This is all normal! My doctors told me to expect this and also not to worry if there is a slight unpleasant odor.(I would imagine if it is really strong, it could mean infection)

They did tell me to call if I had heavy bleeding, or if I passed clots larger than a usual period.

I think the most important part is to just give yourself time to heal. I was told 3 weeks with no tampons, no baths, no intercourse and no douching. However I think its important to be in tune with your body. If you are concerned - call or see a doctor!

Good luck to everyone - wishing you all good health!
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replied March 12th, 2012
Help
hey im 27 years old and about 2 months ago i had the leep done i bleed for the first 6 weeks after only heavy for the first 3 weeks then just alot of spoting finally it stoped but only for maybe a week then the dark black/brown thick discharge and cramps started lasted bout a week but started again a week later and has been like that ever since.
ive been to doc and gyno time and time again but both tell me everything is fine and everything is normal.
im goin out of my mind
is there anyone alse out there that has been thro this im freakin out and so sick of this just want to feel normal again
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replied March 29th, 2012
Leep and bad sex
I got a leep 2 years ago. I never went for a second follow up because the pain was annoying-- I felt my doctor could have done a better job. Sex is terrible. I have no natural lubrication and when using others it always hurts like hell. It never used to be like that. I used to enjoy and always want to have intercourse. I am very upset and have no one to talk to. It feels like I have a hemorrhoid inside my vagina. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Is there anything a doctor can do?
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replied May 1st, 2012
Thanx
I am going to my LEEP tomorrow and I just want to thank everyone for sharing there stories. I have a cocern as far as work is it ok to return back to work asap
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