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What should you expect after a LEEP procedure?

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After a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, or LEEP, women can expect to feel tired and have mild cramping for a few hours. LEEP is a gynecological procedure that cuts away abnormal cervical tissue to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, according to WebMD. It is an outpatient procedure that can occur in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.

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WebMD notes that LEEP is performed to remove abnormal tissues and cells from both the outside of the cervix and inside the cervical canal. After the procedure, women are allowed to go home. Most women return to their normal activities in as little as one to three days. After the procedure, mild cramping and pain may be felt. Women may also experience dark brown vaginal discharge throughout the first week. Normal vaginal discharge and spotting may occur for up to three weeks post-procedure.

To aid in the healing process, women should wear pads instead of tampons. They also should avoid sexual intercourse for at least three weeks. Finally, women should not douche any time after the procedure. If women experience fever, spotting or heavy bleeding that lasts for longer than one week, increasing pain or yellowish vaginal discharge, they should call their doctor immediately, recommends WebMD.

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