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I had the LLLETZ 12 years ago, and suffered really extreme side effects. I ended up losing my sex drive, sex became painful, and I had all sorts of other side effects. 12 years later I'm still trying to recover.
I used to think LLLETZ was a minor procedure. I'd met loads of women who had it and were completely fine afterwards. Then I met another woman online who had similiar side effects as me. i found out through her that the LLETZ was introduced before any anatomical research was done on the cervix. Doctors were literally cutting into a part of the body without knowing if it had nerves in or not!
Now the up to date research shows that there six very important nerves connected to the cervix but shockingly, a lot of doctors still don't know this. Through talking with an expert who is doing research on side effects of the LLLETZ we learnt that LLETZ can cause damage to orgasm and sexual function by cutting into the nerves. Doctors performing LLETZ don't even consider this.
Myself and the other woman were told that LLETZ involved removing 'just a few cells' from our cervixes, but I've since learnt that the LLETZ actually removes up to 2cm. We feel completely betrayed and misled by the medical system. We understand that LLETZ treatment helps to save a small amount of lives, but we are deeply concerned at the stories we are hearing from women suffering from loss of their sex lives, chronic pain, and even premature menopause. We know that we wish we had been informed of these risks beforehand so we could make an informed choice about treatment options.
We started a support group for women on facebook. If you are going through long term issues after LLETZ, and would like to join please send me a pm. thanks.