You may want to ask your doctor if it’s OK to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen before your procedure to help minimize any pain. Never take any drug before any medical procedure without explicitly asking your doctor about it. Always follow your doctors instructions for preparation for the LEEP.
Are there any complications associated with the LEEP?
Complications are usually mild but can include:
- mild pain or discomfort
You should call your physician if you experience bleeding that is heavier than a normal period, or if pain is severe. Other symptoms that should be reported to your physician include any heavy vaginal discharge or strong vaginal odor.
After the LEEP you should not:
- Have sexual intercourse for as long as recommended by your physician
- Lift heavy objects
- Use tampons
- Take tub baths–take showers only to prevent infection