I had a colposcopy 13 years ago, when I was 28, and for about 2-3 days afterward, had some cramping--but just took over the counter pain medication to alleviate. Treat your cramping as you would for your period.
I was told that for 6 weeks thereafter I would have a clear discharge and to wear highly absorbent pads for at least the first 2 or 3 weeks. This proved to be essential as the discharge was completely involuntary--but not at all painful.
Yes you do need to avoid intercourse and use of tampons during this 6 weeks, so you can heal. However, I didn't get a period during that time, so that wasn't an issue. Almost to the minute at the end of the 6 weeks, the discharge stopped, and I was back to normal!
Never had an irregular PAP smear or any other complications after that!
at 3:17 PM on Sep. 12, 2009