I think... they burn the cells off the cervix. Not 100% though. Why didn't you ask your Dr?! I don't sign up for any procedures without details first.
Its where they destroy suspicious cells on your cervix so they don't turn into cancer. I have a friend who had it done who said it was just like a pap smear, she said she didnt feel anything at all. I also have two friends who had abnormal paps who just re-did their pap in like 2-3 months or something and then it was normal. They said if it had been abnormal the second time they would have that procedure.. IDK personally because Ive never had an abnormal pap but maybe you should call and ask questions before you go in. You should know exactly what is going to happen, why, the risks involved, and what your alternatives are. This is all part of informed consent, which your dr should not be doing any procedure without. Good Luck...
I just had a LEEP procedure done this morning, and I thought i'd share my experience with you. All they do is take the part of your cervix that has dysplasia or abnormal cells and shave it off. It isn't as bad as it sounds.
I had the option of anesthesia, so I chose the IV anesthesia (heavy sedation). Since I hadn't slept at all the night before, it put me right to sleep. The next thing I remember, is waking up and the nurse telling me that it was all over. I didn't feel any pain, I didn't feel any different at all, so I had a hard time believing anything had really happened.
It's been 12 hours since my procedure, and aside from feeling groggy from the medication (they sent me home with tylenol 3) and a bit of an ache in my back, I feel great!
If you are worried about it, I would suggest talking more about it with your doctor. I was really freaked out about it and he allowed me to be put under really heavy sedation and that worked wonders for me, so if that's something you are concerned with i'd ask if that's an option for you.
Also, from what i've read about it online, i'd suggest asking if you can get it done at a surgical center or a hospital. I had mine done at a surgical center so they were more equipped to deal with the pain, procedure, and had more staff available to help. I'm a big baby and really sensitive to pain, but being under the anesthesia I was put under was great. I felt no pain at all.
Good luck to you!
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