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What are the consequences of having intercourse a week after a LEEP?

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replied June 12th, 2011
Womens Conditions Answer A23999
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LEEP, or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, is done to remove abnormal cells from a woman's cervix. These abnormal cells may have been found during a Pap test, colposcopy, or biopsy. Even though you might feel fine after only a few days, the cervix has had sensitive tissue removed and needs time to get healed. Everyone heals at a different rate; waiting 3 to 4 weeks helps to ensure that you will be ready to have vaginal penetration. The average time to wait before having sex after a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) procedure is about four to six weeks. This time limit may be more or less depending on how much cervical tissue was needed to be removed. The more abnormal the cervical tissue, the more time the cervix needs to properly heal.
You should consider calling your doctor/gynecologist to see how long it is recommended you wait. Sometimes it may be recommend to abstain from intercourse at least until your follow-up exam or longer, which is normally two to four weeks after the LEEP.
Even though you feel fine, having sex before your cervix has healed properly greatly increases your risk of infections. Infection is rare if you follow your doctor's recommendations, which include: no sex or vaginal penetration for a set period of time, no tub baths for a set period of time (usually three days or so), avoiding whirlpools and Jacuzzis, using sanitary napkins (pads) instead of tampons.
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