A LEEP procedure is usually fairly simple, and almost pain free. I don't recommend taking Advil before arriving, but perhaps it's reasonable. There is a small amount of pain.
The doctor will put a speculum in the vagina
for visualization. Then some local anesthetic will be put just under the skin on each side of the cervix
. Most women don't even feel it going in, although you might a little.
As long as the anesthesia is working, you should feel no further pain. The doctor may or may not do another colposcopy
, may stain the cervix with iodine, and then uses a thin wire attached to electricity to burn through the cervix to remove the abnormal part. That part takes about 5 seconds.
The doctor may place something called Monsel's solution on the cervix to help prevent bleeding, and then you're done.
You may have some mild bleeding or brown discharge for a week or more after the procedure. You may have some cramping
, but usually not much.
It's generally easier and with significantly less pain than having an IUD
inserted or a colposcopic biopsy or endometrial biopsy
, in case you've had any of them.
Please don't be terrified. As long as you have a good doctor, it should be fairly easy. Best wishes.