I just had a LEEP done about 3 hours ago and was on the internet trying to find some information about others' experiences after the LEEP, time to wait before working out, etc. This board has been really helpful.
I just wanted to add something that not many people talked about and that I saw one person questioning - DRIVING AFTER PROCEDURE.
Shortly after my procedure, I was waiting to checkout and started feeling weird...then light-headed/nauseous. The doctors took me back to the room where they did the procedure and took my blood pressure and determined that it had dropped. I was also a "pretty shade of light green". (Nurse had a great sense of humor) They didn't have to do anything but elevate my feet and have me lay there for about 20 minutes to make sure I was feeling ok.
I live in NYC, so I didn't drive to my appointment - but I DO NOT recommend driving to your appointment if you have to go alone, just incase something like this happens to you. I was alone and didn't even feel safe walking back to my apartment (3 blocks away) so took a cab. DO NOT DRIVE AFTER THIS PROCEDURE!
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I had a VERY VERY VERY bad experience with my LEEP procedure. I was given a Valium to take 40 min before the procedure was scheduled. They started the procedure late so they ended up giving me a second Valium right before they actually started. I was given 5 local anesthesia shots and they started the procedure. Evidently, the area they needed to remove was much larger then they had expected so half way through they ended up having to give me 2 more shots. The procedure itself (from the time the put me on the table) until it ended took an hour. I was awake the whole time...a little loopy but awake. The Dr. and nurse both apologized profusely saying it never takes that long and if they had foreseen it taking so long they would have given me "twilight sleep". They ended up having to take the entire surface of the cervix. I am still waiting for the results.
So, I had a LEEP today for CIN III with glandular involvement. This diagnosis came as a shock to me having been in amonogamous relationship for seven years with all previous normal PAP tests. Although I wasn't tested for HPV, I know this dx means I have it. At first it was a shock, now I feel more public education is needed. I really thought I was in the clear.
Anyway, back to the procedure...I requested local anesthetic even though my MD wanted me to use general anesthesia, but thanks to these boards I knew that a lot of women used a local without problems and I opted for that. The idea of general anesthesia worrried me more than the procedure. Maybe it's the idea of losing control, not knowing what's going on in the room and with my body, and anesthesia itself has its own basket of risks.
My doctor didn't seem very happy that I wanted a local and kept stressing that I COULD NOT move or he might nick my bladder. I promised him time and again I would not move. Then he told me to bring an IPOD because the electrical unit would make a loud noise that might bother me. Okay, this kind of offended me - I want to know what's going on, hello!
So, The OR nurse was great, she explained everything and gave me arm blankets immediately. They placed my legs in stirrups and kept asking if I was comfortable. Then in came the MD everything went well. The worst part was the speculum. He didn't use lubricant and he forcefully jammed it in there. With the statement, "I have to open you wider than in the office." But, I didn't move.
Then the lidocane with epinephine 1% 20mls. This cause my heartrate to go from 60's to 90's for about 1 minute. I did at this time feel a little ill. I was placed in Trendelenburg at this time, the nurse said I looked a little pasty, I felt my upper lip sweating. But I knew what was going on, the mounted parts of the OR lights were reflective and I could see everything he was doing, so I felt bette and more in control, which was my issue, obvioulsy.
He also did an endocervical currettage. I asked to see the biopsy samples after the procedure, and after he left the room, but I couldn't see how big that piece was. The LEEP piece seemed normal to me although I really have no idea. The only other thing I remember is shaking uncontrollably, it started in my legs, and then into my lower back and then my whole body. It was uncontrollable, and I was really worried because I kept thinking, " I hope this doesn't compromise my bladder"
The nurse at one point asked me if I was nervous or cold. I didn't feel nervous, and I was only a little chilly, later she said it probaly was the lido with epi. - I never expected that feeling, just be ready for it, yuck. Oh, and then the removal of the speculum. No lubrication going in, meant pain coming out. It hurt so bad. It was stuck to me.
My vaginal canal hurt all day, it's been 13 hours later and I am still burning slightly. I don't know if he couldn't give me lubrication because of the electricity, but that was the worst. I remeber telling the recovery nurse I wanted a fan on me.
All in all I'm glad I was awake, I was in and out in about an hour. Only some slight discharge. No cramping (just burning) (I've been taking motrin). I just want to be dysplasia free and have happy healthy pregnancies!!!
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It's been three days and I just started spotting : ( Oh well, On the good side my doctor called and left a message saying my results were "good". I guess that means clear margins. I'll have more info with my follow-up in two weeks. I hope everything goes well with you!
It's been a week now since my LEEP and I am definitely spotting more, nothing concerning, but more. I am already over this. I loathe not being able to wear a tampon, having to change a pad nonstop, the general feeling of "unclean", and having an irritated perineum from cleaning myself constantly. I hope this is over soon.
By the way, I have been reading posts about people mentioning Seasonale and Seasonique. I am on Seasonale had had perfect Paps all my life until this one showed HGSIL (after a year and a half of Seasonale) and I just wonder if there is a correlation. Just a thought... btw I have also been in a monogamous relationship for over seven years. I know HPV can crep up any time, I just wondered if I helped create a better environment through my BC choice.
Hmm, my first thought was "cervical cancer is caused by HPV," but I understand your thought process. You are wondering if the BC pills kept your hormone level such that it might allow the HPV to take better hold. Is that what you were thinking? If so, then I don't know the answer to that. Maybe your doctor might know, though I wouldn't hold my breath. I'd think that is something researchers might be looking into, but I don't know.
Anyway, I'm writing to say "I don't know." I'm a lot of good, aren't I?!
I remember my doctor told me to not be on BC pills for more than 5 years. That was 15 or 20 years ago. I don't think I was on BC pills more than 7 years. Ever since then we've been using other techniques for birth control (non-hormone based). Call me a cynic, but I don't think pharmaceutical companies want this information being well advertised (its link with cervical dysplasia). It could greatly cut into their profits.
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