| | Re: Newbie: Young, Scared and need Reassurance..
Maybe my story can help you. In 2001, at 22 years old I had my first abnormal pap, and for the next 7 years I underwent colposcapy after colposcapy, and paps every 6 months, for 7 years, without any real progression on the dysplasia. I finally made the decision to undergo a LEEP procedure 2 weeks ago. Honestly, I had it done in my doctor's office under local anaestesia, and while its not comfortable, it is painful, it wasn't the worst thing I've ever experienced, and it only took about 20 minutes. I laid in the exam room for about 20 minutes afterwards and then drove myself home. The first day I had severe cramps and some bleeding, but since then I've had no discomfort and the heavy clear discharge I was experiencing stopped 3 days ago. I spoke with my doctor and the lab results showed CIN II-III. She said she removed about 1 cm more than she needed to just to ensure the margins were clean, and they were. I was also told most women do not have any problems getting pregnant and carrying to term after a leep. I asked my doctor about some of the symptoms mentioned on the board, painful sex, excessive bleeding, etc... She said she had never had any client complain about those types of complications in the past, unless there was an infection. I've followed my doctor's orders to the letter, and have not had any problems. I'm following the orders of no sex for 4-6 weeks. I had plans to go away next weekend with a man I've been dating, but we rescheduled for the end of the month, he's got to travel for business, and I'm going to be in Florida for vacation, so it worked out. All I can say is my experience has been pretty uneventful, so while I completely understand your concern, talk to your doctor, discuss your concerns, and if you feel confident in your doctor's abilities you should proceed with the Leep, its the best thing for your long term health.