You can usually expect some bleeding and discharge for about three to four weeks after treatment. In order to help avoid any possible infections it is recommended that you only use sanitary towels during this time, avoiding tampons and sex, until any bleeding and discharge has settled. Every woman’s experience is different, so the amount and colour of any bleeding/discharge can vary a lot depending on how quickly the woman heals, the size of the area treated and treatment method used. Some women start to get bleeding or discharge from the day the treatment is performed and for other women this is very slight or absent during the first week or so.
After treatment, a soft healing scab forms on the cervix. Over time this slowly dissolves away, which is what often causes the discharge and some bleeding. This can vary a lot from woman to women. The bleeding experienced can be red or brown in colour and it can vary in heaviness from light spotting to slightly heavier bleeding. Sometimes the discharge can be a yellowy colour, and it can be heavy or watery. Some women find that their next monthly period comes slightly earlier than normal and it may be slightly heavier. This is thought to be caused by the increased blood supply around this area.
All of the above symptoms are very normal after a LLETZ procedure. However, if the bleeding seems particularly heavy (eg. your sanitary towels are soaking every hour) or if the discharge smells really offensive and/or you feel unwell (which could be a sign of infection) you should contact a health care professional. This could be your colposcopist, your GP, NHS direct or any other health care professional you feel comfortable talking to about this.
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