A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a process that utilizes a heated wire loop warmed through an electric current, to extract tissues and cells inside a woman's lower genital tract. It can be used to diagnose and treat unusual or cancerous ailments. After the procedure collects the cells and tissues from the lower genital tract, these samples will go to a lab for an examination. LEEP can also effectively extract unusual cells to support healthy tissue development.
A LEEP might be executed when cervical or vaginal issues are discovered in a pelvic exam or Pap test, or to identify cases of cervical or vaginal cancer.
There are a few possible side-effects of the procedure, such as infection, bleeding, trouble becoming pregnant, and scarring of the cervix.
Based on your individual situation, the procedure might present additional risks. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you have before the procedure.
In the first days after your procedure, it is normal to experience moderate cramping. You may also notice dark-colored vaginal discharge, which is due to the medicine that manages bleeding. While you should refrain from using tampons or douching, you may wear a sanitary pad to manage the discharge.
Do not have sex for a minimum of four weeks after a LEEP. The limitations might be longer depending on your situation, so make a point to discuss this with your doctor.
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following in the aftermath of a LEEP:
For additional questions, talk with a physician at Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville.