When the results of a colposcopy and biopsy indicate treatment is necessary, a LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) may be recommended. Abnormal cells are removed from the cervix using a thin wire loop through which an electrical current is passed. This loop removes a thin layer of cells from the surface of the cervix. This tissue is then examined by a pathologist who’s results are available within a week.
The procedure requires the use of local anesthetic. You may experience cramping and may take four Advil™ or two Aleve™ with food one hour prior to the procedure. Please avoid intercourse, douching, tampons and strenuous exercise for four weeks after the LEEP.
You should schedule this procedure approximately one week after your period. Afterwards you may bathe or shower as usual.