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One of the most common questions I receive from women with cervical dysplasia is how having a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) may affect their ability to get pregnant and sustain a pregnancy.

LEEP is a method frequently used to treat high grade cervical dysplasia. Uncommonly, a LEEP may also be used to treat very early stage cervical cancer and may be used to diagnose the disease. During a LEEP procedure, a wire loop electrode with an electrical current is used to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix.

Read About the LEEP Procedure:

  • Pregnancy After LEEP: What You Need To Know
  • What to Expect During a LEEP
  • Have You Gotten Pregnant After Having a LEEP? We want to hear from you! Did the LEEP have any effect on your pregnancy? Share your story here and read other's responses to having a LEEP !

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    Comments
    January 13, 2007 at 11:54 am
    (1) lisa1 says:

    I had a baby 4 years after a leep procedure and have had clear paps every year since. Its been 12 years since the procedure and my son is 8 years old now. No problems whatsoever.

    January 14, 2007 at 2:42 pm
    (2) MIchelle says:

    I had a leep procedure 10 years ago and got pregnant about a year or so after then had a miscarriage, I then got pregnant a year later and had my son who is now 7 then had another son 5 years ago. It may have amde it a bit harder to get pregnant in the beginning but then everything was fine.

    January 15, 2007 at 5:47 pm
    (3) CAROL says:

    I HAD A LEEP DONE WHILE I WAS FOUR MONTHS PREGNANT. MY AND MY BABY ENDED UP JUST FINE. I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THAT PREGNANCY OR MY SECOND PREGNANCY 6 YRS. LATER.I WAS ONLY 19 AT THE TIME AND I THANK GOD EVERYDAY ME AND MY BABY WERE OKAY:)

    February 20, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    (4) JENN says:

    I had Cervical Dysplasia, CIN III, I had a colposcopy, a leep, a colposcopy, and then a clear pap. I was pregnant last November, it ended in a miscarriage at 8weeks. I am not 15 weeks pregnant, and everything appears to be normal, so far.

    February 24, 2007 at 3:41 pm
    (5) Liz says:

    My college roomie had a LEEP 4 years ago and is pregnant w/ twins due in 09/2007. I had my LEEP two weeks ago and have been advised that it shouldn’t hurt my fertility or chances of carrying a baby to term. I hope to be pregnant soon!

    February 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm
    (6) Veronica says:

    i had a leep done when i was 13 years ago and has had 6 misscarriages.i was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix. i am now 32 wks pregnant with a cerclage placed at 22 wks because my cervix was unable to handle the weight of the baby. so i honestly feel because of that leep then a bopsy after really messed me up.

    March 21, 2007 at 10:35 am
    (7) Kerri says:

    I had a leep procedure in 1999. I then got pregnant in 2001. I did not have any problems during my pregnancy until I was 7 months along. I was diagnosed with Borderline Ovarian Cancer. Ended up having a hysterectomy, but feel very blessed to have my beautiful daughter!

    March 27, 2007 at 2:23 pm
    (8) Debi says:

    I have had two LEEP procedures within a month of each other back in 2003. Since then, I have given birth to twin boys in 2006. I had no problems carrying my twins and no problems since. My boys and I are doing very well.

    March 30, 2007 at 6:13 pm
    (9) Lora says:

    I have had 2 miscarriages and was told I would never be able to get pregnant after the last one then I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and after tryinf several different procedures the dr. had done a LEEP procedure on me in 1997 and to my amaizment I conceive my first child a girl born 1998 healthy and I felt great then I became pregnant again giving birth to a bundle of joy my 8 lb 2 oz. son on Jan. 01, 2000 and I can say my checkups have been clear every year sense with no problems.

    April 4, 2007 at 3:12 pm
    (10) Jill says:

    LEEPs can cause preterm labor due to a incompetent cervix. I was not aware of this and delivered at 28 weeks. If you have had a LEEP in the past 2 years of becoming pregnant push your OB to do further testing (early ultra sound to check length of cervix and possible cerclage). It may seem a hassle for the low risk of pre-term labor. But if you can avoid time in the NICU with a sick baby then it is worth it.

    May 4, 2007 at 8:00 pm
    (11) Kim says:

    In 2002 (already had 2 kids) I had stage 4 dysplasia. I then had a biopy,colopscopy,LEEP. 3 months later it came back a stage3, so I had it all done again. I had my baby in 2006. I had difficulty dilating due to scar tissue and had to have “medical intervention” to dilate. It took me 24 hours to dilate to 10cm. My previous deliveries I dilated in 4-6 hours. It was harder but well worth it. I’m now begging my hubby for baby #4!

    July 19, 2007 at 9:31 pm
    (12) Dominique says:

    I thank you women for your comments! I have one son and after he was born I had a Leep done on my cervix in 2005. I have been trying to get preg. for two years and still nothing I was scared my cervix wouldn’t be able to hold up during preg. but you women give me new hope! I wll keep trying and promise to keep you posted!

    August 23, 2007 at 6:55 pm
    (13) Ashley says:

    I had a LEEP in 2004 after my son was born. I am now 11 weeks pregnant, three years later. My doctor is not concerned about this child but, he want to do an ultrasound every two months.

    September 8, 2007 at 7:04 pm
    (14) amanda says:

    I have just had the leep treatment and found out 2day i am pregant.I also had the treatment 4 yr ago and lost my baby born in May at 20wks I have 2 say there was no reason found for his death.So as you can imadgine I an really scared at the min I will keep you posted on how the pregnancy is going xx

    October 4, 2007 at 10:11 am
    (15) oakley says:

    I have had two LEEP procedures (2001 and 2005). I am currently 11 weeks pregnant. The doctor is going to do more frequent cervix measurements and I have the potential to need a cerclage. My best friend has also had two LEEP’s and had a baby a year ago with no complications. She is 13 weeks pregnant again.

    October 29, 2007 at 11:22 am
    (16) Erin says:

    I had my first LEEP in 2001 and my second in 2005. I had abnormal paps every time I went to the OBGYN between these 2 LEEPS and even after the 2nd one. I also had several biopsies and colposcopys along the way. I finally started having normal paps in late 2006 and am now 18 weeks pregnant w/ my first child. My OB did a cerclage at 15 weeks because of my past history. I hope and pray that I carry my son to term or until the stitches are removed. Pregnancy can happen, you may just need a cerclage to prevent 2nd trimester miscarriages. Good luck to all!

    November 8, 2007 at 2:14 am
    (17) sara says:

    i have always had adnormal paps which led to me having a colposcopy done twice and finally a leep back in april of this year(2007). having just turned 21 i am looking to settle down soon and was scared that i might not be able to have kids when i finally find that special someone…after reading these i am left with hope. while i am still keeping in the back of my mind the possibility that there might be a problem i know that there have been so many of you before me that have over come it!!! thank you for your strength and courage!

    January 14, 2008 at 2:04 am
    (18) katie says:

    when i was pregnant with my daughter i was diagnosed with an abnormal pap concerning cancerous cells high grade. my daughter was born 9 weeks early but 14 weeks early in size only. after she was born a biopsy and a colposcolpy was performed and i am now waiting about 2 more weeks for my LEEP. i am scared about the risks but after reading everyones comments i hope that when i get pregnant again the baby and i will be healthy. wish me luck and thank you all :D

    January 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    (19) Jill says:

    I was 28 yrs old when I had an abnormal pap come back(after many years of not seeing a MD for yearly PAP tests) and also through testing discovered I had HPV. After the biopsy I had a LEEP. It was scarry to go through it but had no realy problems afterward and just was more deligent on going for annuals. In 2004 my husband and I found out I was pregnant. My OBGYN already knew and prepared me and took all the necessary steps like more visits and measuring of the cervix and more ultrasounds. I was prepared for the worst(like miscarrage/cerclage/bed rest) but it turned out I was over due date and after inducing I could not dilate so had C-Section. My daughter and I were and are fine. OBGYN said my cervix was narrowed so no way to even put one finger through it. Now I am 6 months pregnant with my 2nd child. Planning another C-Section since OB told me no way to go vaginally due to before and cervix narrowed. So far no issues and OB is backing off this time with my restrictions(lifting/activity/sex) from last pregnancy but still monitoring with ultrasounds and visits. No issues and plan to have C-Section in late April. There is hope after this and I have had no further abnormal paps come back as well. I am a an oncology social worker and help people dealing with all forms of cancer, especially cervical, and it is always my fear it will come back. If anything I think this experience has given me some perspective and knowledge I can share and hopefully one day can make a difference in someones life, including my daughters.

    January 23, 2008 at 9:27 am
    (20) sarah says:

    Had a LEEP done end of August 2007. Found out a couple days later that I was pregnant. I had a pre-term birth at 20 weeks due to cervical incompetence. I had an ultrasound only 2 weeks before the miscarriage and everything was o.k.(cervical length). Dr. says that next time I get pregnant he will do a cerclage at approx. 12 weeks i think it was. At this point, i wish i would have demanded a cerclage. Although, i don’t think doctors really do them until you have a miscarriage. I think the miscarriage could have been prevented – but i’m not a doctor. . ..

    February 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm
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    February 7, 2008 at 11:29 am
    (22) Jennifer says:

    I had a L.E.E.P. done when I was 21 years old for ASCUS cells on my cervix. Almost exactly a year later I found out I was pregnant. I had no complications during my pregnancy, and delivered a healthy 8 lb 5 oz baby boy on his due date! Two and a half years later I had another healthy baby boy, also born on his due date, with no complications!

    I am currently going through the abnormal cells all over again. I have been giving the option to have a L.E.E.P. or cryotherapy, but am going to wait another 3 months to see if my next Pap comes back normal. (this is the second time in a year it has been abnormal, and I have also had a colposcopy within this same year). I am hopeful that even if I have to have another L.E.E.P. that I will have the same success as with my first two pregnancies the next time.

    February 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm
    (23) Erica says:

    I had severe dysplasia in 2002 not caused by HPV and then had a colposcopy and LEEP done. I got pregnant eight months later and although my doctor had my history I never put the two together. Dumb sounding, but with being pregnant I had a lot on my mind. Anyway, the pregnancy was fairly normal, I had placental problems and he stopped growing in the eighth month, not sure if LEEP was cause, but I had to be induced and then I only dialated to three and would go no further. Eventually, due to baby’s heart rate I had an emergency c-section. I never would have thought the LEEP was to blame until now. I am researching cause here I am six years later and going to have another LEEP, I am very worried about the effect on future pregnancy.

    February 17, 2008 at 3:16 am
    (24) Amanda says:

    I had a LEEP Procedure in 2002, and got pregnant in 2005. I lost this baby at 16 weeks, due to a subchorionic hematoma. It wasn’t until this year, 2008, that it was even brought to my attention that this LEEP may have been a contributing factor to my sons death. My only wish is that I would have had this knowledge prior to the procedure.

    February 22, 2008 at 2:03 pm
    (25) Pam says:

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    February 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm
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    February 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm
    (27) simona says:

    Hi,
    I had dysplasia when I was three month pregnant with my third child.When she was born I had done LEEP.Year later I was pregnant for the fourth time.There was not any complications trough my pregnancy…just the labour.For 15 hours I was stack at 4cm and had a problem with dialeting because of scarr tissue.The doctor had to wrip the scarr and my son was born 10 min later.All is well since.

    March 6, 2008 at 4:17 am
    (28) Heather says:

    Hi,

    I had a Leep procedure in 1998 and again in 2001. I got pregnant in 2006 and after 41 weeks I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The only problems I had becuase of the Leep were that I just didnt dilate as quickly as I should because of the scar tissue, so I had a long, drawnout painful labor. Still it was worth it in the end to hold my daughter. My daughter is now 8 months old, and i´m 2 months pregnant with my second child so the procedure certainly didnt have an affect on my fertility.

    Good luck to you all,

    March 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm
    (30) Camille says:

    I just was diagnosed with high grade abnormalities on my cervix and my doctor recommended a LEEP procedure. My husband and I were planning on starting a family soon and so I was so worried about the doctor’s warnings but all of you have given me so much Hope. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your stories!

    April 3, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    (31) Angela says:

    I am going to get the LEEP procedure on Monday. My doctor says that there is not alot of cells on my cervix to remove so the scaring will be quite small.
    Like so many of you, I am worried of the future results of falling pregnant. I recently just got married and my husband and I have been talking about having children in the next 2 years. I literally think of being pregnant every second and now knowing some of the risks of LEEP I think about it even more. I do hope that when we are both ready, I can come back here and give a good report like everyone else.

    Thanks for posting and giving hope.

    April 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    (32) Gina says:

    My husband and I had finally decided to begin trying to start a family when my pap came back abnormal. I couldn’t believe my luck because in all the years prior, my paps had always been normal. After a biopsy, it was determined that I had moderate-severe dysplasia. I had a LEEP in Oct. of 2006. I then had a normal repeat pap 3 months later. In Jan. 2007, I became pregnant. My doctor kept an eye on things and my pregnancy went fine. I did deliver 4 weeks early and my labor went extremely quick (due to my cervix thinning-my dr. said was a result of the LEEP), but I gave birth to a 6 1/2lb. healthy baby girl. Since my LEEP, I have had 3 noraml paps, but I am scheduled for another in a couple weeks, so I am praying and keeping my fingers crossed…we hope for more children in the future as well…

    April 17, 2008 at 11:45 am
    (33) Amy says:

    I have had 2 Leep procedures done 1st one was done Summer of 2007 and my 2nd leep was done about 4 months ago. Yesterday 04-16-08 I found out I was pregnant doing the math I am probably about 1 month along so no problems getting pregnant just hoping everying else is fine.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    (34) Michelle says:

    I had a colposcopy last July that came back with results of high grade pre-cancerous cells. I ended up getting a LEEP Sept. 2007 and was terrified that it would prevent me from getting pregnant or carrying full term. The last thing i asked my dr before going in for the LEEP was how long afterwards she recommended to wait before trying to get pregnant and she said atleast 6 months. I ended up getting pregnant in January and am currently 15 weeks along with TWINS. I try not to worry too much and listen to the dr’s when they tell me everything should be fine but I can’t help but wonder about miscarriage constantly. The supposedly having me on a close watch and I’m scheduled for an internal ultrasound in 2 weeks but I’m scared to death that something will go wrong at some point because of the LEEP….

    April 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    (35) Nafeesa says:

    I just gave birth to my second child 3 months ago and through both pregnancies have had abnormal pap results. I had a biopsy done after my second was born and my doctor determined I had mild to moderate abnormalities. Because of my pap history, my doctor decided to follow through with a LEEP. I was kinda sketchy at first, but now I am okay with the procedure. Thanks for all you hope and stories about this.My husband and I planned on waiting to have another child anyways, since our daughters are only 18 months apart!

    May 7, 2008 at 12:06 pm
    (36) Mikelle Conner says:

    I’m 17yrs of age I have been told I have pre-cancer cells. I go in again 5/22 for a Leep. I’m so worried i’d never think that this would happen to me. I have been pregnant before but I lost it at 3 and a half months. Im afraid i’ll never be able to get the joy of having a baby. :(

    May 12, 2008 at 12:13 am
    (37) lacy says:

    After an abnormal pap at my 6 week check up after my first child, i had a biopsy and colopscopy. It showed carcinoma in situ, which means cancer “in its place.” My OB-GYN did a LEEP and was able to remove all of the cancerous cells. Two months later, I got pregnant with my 2nd child and everything went perfect. It has been almost a year now with normal paps.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:08 pm
    (38) Marci says:

    At 23 I had LEEP performed and a month later conceived my son. Had a great pregnancy, with exception to abnormal cells and biopsy in 4th month, delivered my son without problems 3 days before due date. That was in May 2002, we’ve been trying for another baby since 2004 with no interventions. I’m going to new specialist June 2008 to begin process of why I can’t conceive as my other dr said I should with no problems. It is frustrating, but I have HOPE that I can get pregnant again.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    (39) Tracey says:

    I had my colposcopy done over a month ago. It took 4 weeks for the Dr. to call with the results. I figured I was all clear since they didnt call right away. They called me last Thursday to say I have precancerous cells or “cervical dysplasia” and I need a LEEP procedure. They didnt tell me what stage of dysplasia I had. They scheduled my LEEP for Friday. They are injecting a local anasthetic and I will be awake. My main concern is that I wont be able to have children although the Dr. assured me that I will be. I already have a tilted uterus so my Dr. Said that it a minor setback. Does anyone know if the older you are minimizes your chances after a leep? I’m 26 and I’m scared that if I have the LEEP and I wait until I’m 30 to concieve that my chances will be nil. : (

    May 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm
    (40) Jen says:

    My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for about 5 months when I went in and got my first abnormal pap result. I had a biopsy done this month and was diagnosed with moderate-severe dysplasia. I had the LEEP procedure done today. My doctor said if the pathology reports come back okay then I should continue to try to get pregnant in about a month. Everything I have read indicates part of the follow up testing after a LEEP procedure involves a year worth of pap smears, every 3 months. Should I wait and make sure I get some normal pap results first or should I be content with his advice? I worry that the dysplasia could come back and then I wouldn’t know b/c pap smears are not usually done during pregnancy (or so my friends have told me). Any advice is appreciated!

    June 7, 2008 at 1:55 am
    (41) D says:

    I got pregnant 5 years after having a LEEP done. There were no complications and the baby was full-term and healthy.

    June 13, 2008 at 12:12 am
    (42) JessyAnne says:

    Hi I had a LEEP procedure done on february 26th 2008, i am now pregnant only 5 weeks i am spotting a lot, can the LEEP cause me to miscarry??? any answers would be welcomed please.

    June 23, 2008 at 9:31 pm
    (43) Ann says:

    I had LEEP June 2008 and I had CIN 3. I worry a lot. But all your stories make me feel better.:)

    June 25, 2008 at 11:34 pm
    (44) michelle says:

    i had the leep procedure about 8 years ago at about age 22 and I have since had a healthy normal pregnancy and pregnant now 28 weeks with twins

    June 26, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    (45) Nita says:

    I just got a call from my doctor today that I have severe dysplasia and I go in a month for the LEEP procedure. For those that have had this procedure, does it hurt when they numb your cervix? I am totally freaking over that part.

    July 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    (46) Ashley says:

    I had my LEEP procedure 3 days ago and it doesn’t hurt when they numb your cervix. My doctor told me before she was going to do it and the only uncomfortable part for me was that my heart began to race really fast. I asked her if it was normal and she said that it was and it eventually slowed down. Don’t freak out, you will be fine! After reading all your stories, I feel much beeter!! Thanks!

    July 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm
    (47) Sam says:

    I had a LEEP procedure in 2004 i had my first child in 2006. She came 3 weeks early and i’m currently 27 weeks pregnant with my second child and wondering if she will make an early appearance too!

    July 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm
    (48) Anna says:

    Girls, please, when you leave your comment PLEASE, say whay level of dysplasia(CIN) you had.
    Thank you

    July 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm
    (49) Kathleen says:

    I have moderate dysplasia. I have LEEP scheduled for 8/13/2008. I’m thinking of getting preganant right away and delay the surgery till next year, because i relaly wnat to have baby. Is this such a big risk?

    July 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm
    (50) Kate says:

    I had a LEEP six years ago in 2005 and became pregnant end of last year. They constantly checked me during pregnancy and I seemed to be doing fine but then delivered at 34 weeks. They don’t know what necessarily caused it but now… 3 months after the pregnancy and six YEARS after the surgery – I have an abnormal pap with a colposcopy scheduled for next week. :( Someone said the rise in hormones can kick start cancer/precancer again and honestly – i think it has. No other reason why I should be getting this again six years later. I havent even had sex in 10 months!

    July 20, 2008 at 1:19 pm
    (51) Zamandla says:

    Im 37, had a LLERTZ after a CIN1 diagnose after delivery of my second child & this was 5 yeras ago. It is now about a year since I have been trying to get pregnant but still not concieving. Has this afected my fatility?

    July 26, 2008 at 4:05 am
    (52) VIP says:

    On 7/7/08 my Dr. told me I had CIN 3. I was really devestated because my husband and I were planning on having another child soon. On 7/18/08 I went in Loop Electrical Excision….(LEEP). I was really depresed before this and I got my results today and everything is fine except that my Dr. says there is a possibility I might have cervical cancer and she would like me to get a hysterectomy…I was really upset because I’m only 25….I looked up all over the internet and according to NYU medical the chances of it comming back in 10%…I am planning on getting pregnant in Oct. 2008 because according to studies that is the recommended time you should wait…. I am also very scared of having a miscarriage and hope everything goes fine..

    July 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm
    (53) Brittany says:

    i had a leep last year 2007 and now am 33 weeks pregnant =)

    August 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm
    (54) reginalucas says:

    Hi ladys, back in 2003 i was diagnose with CIN 3. i had the leep procedure and i was told by my doctor that it is going to be hard for me to get pregnant because my wound is thin due to the procedure, i have be trying for years to have a baby, iam now 25, i need word of encouragement, was just diagnose with HPV but pap smears are normal and has been normal since procedure.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:27 am
    (55) Cecile says:

    I am 39 years old and am going in for a LEEP next Thursday after being diagnosed with CIN1 in two spots and borderline CIN2/3 in another section . I just got married and we are trying to have children (my husband is 40). I am looking into options to see how this could potentially affect me. I don’t want to take risks at my age at not being able to hold a pregnancy but at the same time don’t want to get cervical cancer. Don’t quite know what to do so I am continuing my research.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm
    (56) Elena says:

    i had my pap test result …abnormal cells …went for colposcopy and biopsy(same day)…result ..cin II-III…after 2 weeks i had leep (17.07.2008)…result on the tissue removed cin III involving endocervical glands (margins uninvolved)..that means that they removed all of the displastic zone…i found out this because 2 weeks and half after procedure i had severe bleeding and i went to the emergency room and they also gived me the results…today 08.08.2008 my gp called me to go in 10 days for appointment(i wonder why..i am getting all scared again)…i also asked about having babies and i whas told that there might be a posibility that the scarring to be to big and than it would be needed c-section ..or that of an incompetent cervix ..but they can take care of both and under good supervision we should not have any problems having babies ..good luck everybody!

    August 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm
    (57) lizbel says:

    I had a LEEP in 2000. I went on to successfully carry my daughter to 38 weeks in 2005. They induced me 2 weeks early because of her projected size. I did have to have a few vaginal ultrasounds to check my cervix. I was disappointed that they made me have the epidural. I had given birth twice before with no meds. They wanted to make sure that I would dialate. Everything went fine. We are now expecting our 4th on March 9th and plan to do it with no epidural. Just make sure you keep an eye on things and address any concerns with your doctor. Good luck to all!

    August 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm
    (58) Lisa Fayed, About.com Cancer Guide says:

    Based on research, I firmly believe that the risks are low for women who become pregnant after having a LEEP. Unfortunately, I did suffer from preterm labor after having a LEEP because of an incompetent cervix. My cervix began effacing at 20 weeks and I found myself in the hospital 8 weeks later, eventually giving birth at 31 weeks. (Baby spent a month in NICU with immature lungs, sepsis, and a myriad of other problems – but is a very healthy 8 year old now!)

    I believe women who have had LEEPs need to have their cervical length measured throughout the pregnancy as a precaution – something that was not regularly done throughout my pregnancy. Plus, now, women may be given the option of progesterone injections, which may help prevent cervical shortening. (More studies are being done).

    Today we know much more than we did even 9 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Management of pregnancy in women with previous LEEPs is much better and more options are available. I also think women are much more proactive in their healthcare and ask many more questions at their OB/GYN visits based on information they researched themselves (a great thing!!). This is so important.

    Bottom line is that, yes there are risks, but they are low and so much can be done to promote a healthy pregnancy among women with LEEPs. Unless your doctor warns you not to get pregnant or that your LEEP was so aggressive that it could affect a pregnancy, I don’t think you should let it stop you from getting pregnant!

    Best of luck to everyone!

    August 19, 2008 at 2:21 pm
    (59) crystal says:

    i had the leep done 15 years ago and i have had 2 miscarriages, as well it took us 1 year to conceive our daughter. i went into labor at 40.5 weeks and my cervix didn’t dilate at all after 36 hours of labor so i ended up having to have a c-section. i was not happy about this at all, and blame in on the leep.

    August 21, 2008 at 9:26 am
    (60) Katie says:

    I had a LEEP in 2005 and then again this past Dec 2007, with numerous colposcopies in between.
    I finally had a negative screen after this past LEEP and then found out I was pregnant about a month later. (We got pregnant on the first attempt!)
    The most important thing you can do if you have had a LEEP is to inform your physician and ask for cervical measurement. Without question, my OB is starting cervical measurements at 14 weeks and will do them every two weeks until I’m am cleared of the risk. (The highest risk for opening is between 14-24 weeks when the baby has more rapid growth and begins to gain weight rapidly.)
    If they can determine that your cervix is shortening early, the cerclage can easily be placed and it will prevent you from having to go on permanent bed rest.
    I had a friend who did not find out her cervix was dilating until 20 weeks (I don’t think this was related to the LEEP)…they did the cerclage and she went on to have a normal baby, BUT had to be on 3 months of bed rest since her cervix was opening.
    Hope this helps.

    Be your own advocate! That’s the key!

    August 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm
    (61) HM says:

    I am newly diagnosed and you have given me hope!!! Godbless you and your babies, You have no idea how reading your stories has made me feel, I have found my love of my life and was so excited to have his babies one day, I was beginning to feel all hope was lost!!! I will keep you all in my prayers!!!

    August 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm
    (62) elena says:

    hello again guys….HM u got me very emotional with your words….ofcourse we will all be ok and have babies …i am already trying this is the first month after leep since i am alowed to have intercourse…if i am not already pregnant i will be soon..i am gona let u all know how things are going…and i hope u all post here if u are trying…baby dust to everybody and healthy pregnancy…HM baby dust to u and god bless u too and your babyes to come with the love of your life :)

    September 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    (63) Abby says:

    I had a LEEP done is March 2006, Its been more than two years now, should i be concerned in having a troubled pregnancy?

    September 7, 2008 at 9:27 pm
    (64) LisaCotter says:

    I had a leep operation on the 21st of June this year and I found out I was pregnant last week, had a ultrasound dont last week and im 6 weeks so far and baby is fine has a strong heart beat and my cervix looks as if its never been operated on.

    best of luck all :)

    September 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    (65) Maggie says:

    I had LEEP when I ws 24 yrs old in 1993. I My husband and I began to work on having a family when I was 30. Since then I have had 5 miscarriages. I have no problem getting pregnant, It is “holding” the baby in that is issue. I will not go into details but ladies I prewarn you that if you have done and get pregnant – you tell your doctor, during his exam of your cervixe to “LIFT UP THE CERVIX AND LOCATE THE APEX!”. My doctor did not do that and hence place the cerclage at the wrong location and as the baby grew the water sac came out into the vaginal area. After saving the saving the sac and getting it back inside, I had another cerclage – but lost the baby due to infection.

    September 10, 2008 at 3:12 pm
    (66) Dayna says:

    I was just diagnosed with high grade severe cervical dysplasia last week- this diagnosis came at the same time my hubby and I were finally ready to begin trying for baby #2 (it took awhile to feel ready after our daughter was born with multiple birth defects 18 months ago- but she is doing great!) We are so sad to have to wait and are hoping that we are able to get pregnant fairly quickly with no complications- but it is all so scary. I don’t have my LEEP scheduled yet but I should be having it in the next month. I had never had an abnormal PAP before this one. Maggie,
    can you explain more about your previous post?
    Thanks!

    September 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm
    (67) Dayna says:

    Maggie, I also wanted to say thank you for the advice to ask the Dr. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Take care.

    September 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm
    (68) Stephanie says:

    My husband and me both have HPV and I have abnormal paps. My older son was born December 2005 and I had my first LEEP in January 2007 with CIN I + II. We got pregnant with our younger son and I delievered full term December 2007, the delievery was perfectly normal.
    I had a colposcopy last week and I have CIN I + III now. So my doc would like to perform another leep but also told me (knowing we want another one within the next years) that my cervix would be so much thinner from the 2 Leeps, that there is a high chance or loosing the baby around the 20 week mark. So now we have to decide if we either wanne try really soon for a 3rd one (with both boys we got prenant the same months I stopped taking birthcontrol) or if we are just happy to have two healty kids and I get the other Leep done now. We haven’t decided yet and I think it still will take a couple weeks, but I wanted to let you know what my doc said and how my pregnancies and delieveries were.
    And to one of the questions, my leep procedure did not hurt. I had some mild cramping afterwards but no actual pain.

    Good luck to everyone… :)

    September 16, 2008 at 2:15 am
    (69) Chez S says:

    I had a LEEP a year ago. It was CIN II , my 1st pap smear came back normal but the 2nd one came back abnormal! I cried so much when I got the news and couldn’t believe I was so unlucky , since success rate of the LEEP is 95%!!! Now I got to think about what I want to do. Another LEEP? I just miscarriage a month ago. Wonder if it is the pregnancy that brought back the abnormal cells? Anyone knows? I wan to get pregnant, so am not sure if I should try to conceive and only have the LEEP after I deliver a first child. *** Feeling confused& defeated***

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm
    (70) LCK says:

    I will have the LEEP procedure performed on Sept. 29th I’m a bit worried however I feel that everything will be ok. My main concern is the risk of miscarriage after the procedure. Best wishes to all for good pap’s after LEEP and continued good health.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm
    (71) crissy says:

    Hi!
    Im 25 Years Old a mother of 2 i found out last year 8/21/07 i had high grade Dysplasia i had a Biopsy a colposcopy then a Leep Done all the while was terrified..i talked to my doctor about the having another baby he found no reason after a checkup that i couldn’t try..so me and husby tryed for a months to no preveil doc even gave me prenatal vitamins..almost 8 months later im now 13 wks pregnate with number 3 hopeing all goes well from now into EDD which is 3/28/09

    September 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm
    (72) Holly says:

    I am 32 and had my first abnormal pap in May (ASCUS). I was pregnant with twins (later miscarried). I was told that another pap would be needed in 3 months. I had a second pap which came back as LSIL but could not rule out HSIL so a colposcopy/biopsy was done. The results came back HSIL so I have to have a LEEP next week. Like many of the women here, I am worried that I wont have children due to this. My husband and I really want to have children and I hope that this doesnt mess up our chances. Reading all of the posts gives me hope, though.

    October 3, 2008 at 1:50 am
    (73) stephanie s says:

    I had 3 children the youngest was 6 (1997) I was 31 when i had a Colposcopy and a LEEP. Clean paps ever since and i had another child 8 years later with no complications with the pregnancy or the baby.

    October 6, 2008 at 9:30 am
    (74) Kendra says:

    I’m 25 and found out that when I was 3 months pregnant with my last child (this was last December 2007) that I have HPV and after I delivered they wanted to do a biopsy, because they said in most cases with mild dysplasia the cervix will fight it off. At my 4 week check up after my daughter was born the pap came back saying that I had abnormal cells , and they recommended a colposcopy with biopsy this time since I’m no longer pregnant and biopsy is not recommended when you’re pregnant because it may cause miscarriage. The results came back from my colposcopy, I now have moderate dysplasia and they gave the options of waiting a observing it, treatment, or an operation which they said wasn’t necessary. The treatment they recommended was to do a LEEP procedure. I had to wait almost 2 months to have the procedure. I had the LEEP procedure done last week. It was very scary for me, they went through all the risks and everything and told me its not going to be painful. When they started the procedure after grounding me out and stuff, they zapped me, I was like WTF? My husband was holding my hand and the shock was so bad HE felt it! They then , tried not to do that again, but let me tell you they did it another 2 times. They said I wouldn’t feel them doing anything either, and they ended up giving me the maximum local anesthesia, I still felt them doing it. They said that I was a rare case, and I get my results today. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that they got it all, because I told my husband if I had to have another procedure, I was going to have an operation so I know I won’t feel it. Then after everything is all said and done, the only thing I’ll be scared of is when we want to have another child how that will affect me, you know. So on top of all that I’m suffering from PPD (post-pardum depression) so maybe with good results from the LEEP, my life can start looking up.

    October 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    (75) Charlotte says:

    I had LEEP and fell pregnant 8 weeks later. NO problems with the pregnancy apart from some spotting in first trimester but don;t know whether that was to do with LEEP or not.

    October 7, 2008 at 8:41 pm
    (76) JLYN says:

    I HAD A ABNORMAL PAP THAT CAME BACK MODERATE TO SEVER DYPLASIA, I HAD A COPO AND 2 OUT OF THREE OF THE BIOPSY WERE MODERATE. ONE WAS SEVERE AND I BELIEVE THE ENDOCERVICAL HAD NORMAL CELLS WHICH TO ME MEANS THAT THE ABNORMAL CELLS HAVEN’T SPREAD, I’M SCHEDULED FOR A CONE BIOPSY NEXT, BUT WHAT GETS ME IS WHY DIDN’T THE COPO TEST FOR CANCEROUS CELLS? WHY DO I HAVE TO HAVE A CONE BIOPSY AFTER ALL THAT CRAP, THAT CONE BIOPSY IS A CONE SHAPE BIOPSY FROM THE INNER PART OF MY CERVIX HOW WILL THAT BIOPSY ALONE EFFECT ME FROM HAVING A CHILD, I HAVE 2 KIDS PRIOR TO ALL THIS BUT NOW I’M GETING MARRIED AND I BELIEVE HE WANTS TIO HAVE ONE CHILD TOGETHER. I DON’T KNOW IF I EVEB HAVE CANCER AT ALL ALL I CAN DO IS SAY AT THIS POINT IT’S SEVER DYPLASIA.

    October 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm
    (77) elena says:

    hello guys,
    i told u i am gona keep in touch to tell u wen i am getting pregnant…well today i had done a pregnancy test at home and it had a big line and a very small line ..that means i am pregnant ..i went and done a blood test a fiew min ago ..waiting for rezult but i am positive that i am pregnant …baby dust to everybody ..i am gona keep u in touch with what is gona happend …but i know everything is gona be fine for all of us …baby dust to everybody :)

    October 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    (78) Tasha says:

    Hello All, I am 21 years old and when I was 17 I was told that I had HPV. I’ve had numerous colpoloscies and things done and finally my LEEP is scheduled for the end of this month AND I AM TERRIFIED. I am worried because I am young and I have no children and I am hoping that I can sometime in the future. I am so worried because when I found out I had HPV is when I was told that it was rare that it would turn into cervical cancer…and it did and now I’m being told that it’s rare for a woman to become infertile after a LEEP so I’m using my college brain here to see that I seem to make up those rare percentiles. Thus, I am terrified, if anyone has any advice I would love to here it.

    October 13, 2008 at 12:47 am
    (79) Keisha says:

    I’m 20 and recently have had a LEEP procedure. My doctor told me that I would be able to carry a baby full term but I was skeptical. After reading this I feel more positive about it. Thank all you beautiful women who have contributed to this board. You’ve made a girl in LA relieved and happy!

    October 25, 2008 at 7:17 am
    (80) elena says:

    hello,
    i am pregnant in 6 weeks now ..i told u i am gona keep u in touch..things are not going too well..i had brown spoting like 2 weeks ago but it stopped after a week …all this time i had pain..my hcg level increased 20..81..832..and 3 days ago were 5686..yesterday i started spotting again but pink this time ..went to emergency and hcg whas 10121 they said is good but i should be prepared in case something goes wrong..they also found an urin infection and they give me amoxicilin…i also find out that they do not threat us before we have 3 miscariges…for the 4′th pregnancy they would actually do something to prevent another miscarige …i am very upset and scared :(

    October 25, 2008 at 9:16 am
    (81) elena says:

    hello tasha,
    don’t be scared cin is very comon 75%of people…u dont have cancer..and the leep is done for u not to get cancer..yes is very rare that u would become infertile…actually not the infertility would be a problem coz i heard u can get pregnant anytime after leep..but there is an increased risk of miscarige…well i feel better now and the pink spooting went away too for now…baby dust to everyone and tasha again don’t be scared…there is no risk of infertility and the fact that u have cin does not make u a rarity…is very comon for wemen …if u see the comercials on tv they say that 75% of people had atleast once in life hpv and atleast one type ..so some might have more than one tipe …there are over 100 types of hpv…good luck :)

    October 31, 2008 at 11:26 am
    (82) jenna says:

    I had LEEP in 2005.. My husband and I tried for about 9 months to get pregnant and I finally did in the summer 2007. I had a miscarriage a few weeks later. I have been trying to get pregnant again since then (over a year ago) with no luck..

    November 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    (83) Renee says:

    HEY EVERYONE,

    just recently iwasinformed that i had a abnormal Pap Test and that i will have a colposcopy done 11/19 and im terrified. Me and my husband are trying have ourfirst child but it seems like it wont happen. By reading most of your success stories i know we will become pregnant soon!!!! Be Blessed

    November 6, 2008 at 10:31 am
    (84) Sarah says:

    Hello! I just had a Leep procedure a week ago (CIN III), it was so much easier than I thought! Its more emotional if anything, please do not worry if you have to go though this procedure. Renee, a colposcopy not bad at all, do not worry, its just uncomfortable b/c they are looking at your cervix though a microscope for a few minutes. If they feel they need to take a biopsy they will, which to be honest, can be a little painful, but very mild pain, more of just a cramping/pressure feeling that lasts a few seconds. Everything will be ok :)

    November 6, 2008 at 11:39 am
    (85) Rebecca says:

    I got the phone call on my 27th birthday last year that I needed a LEEP procedure done. I had already had 3 full term pregnancies with no problems, and 2 other pregnancies that were not to term but for other reasons. I had NEVER had an abnormal pap test before. I got the procedure done and was told to continue with paps every 6 months. I missed my six month mark because of work and on the 4th of July found out I was pregnant again. My gyn did another pap test because it is now routine in pregnancies and my abnormal cells were back. During the first trimester my doc saw me every 4 wks. I had to change docs part way through and the new doc wanted me to have an ultrasound and visit every two weeks alternating to check for any shortening of the cervix. At my physical last week I was fine. Yesterday my ultrasound showed my cervix had in fact begun to shorten. I have to get another ultrasound on monday and then the doctors will decide what to do from there. For a mother who has never had problems like this, my kids were all past due, this is the scariest pregnancy I have ever had. I will add another message when I get my results next week.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm
    (86) Sammantha says:

    I had my first abnormal pap this year 5-08, and shortly after had colposcopy/biopsy at the same time and was diagnosed with severe dysplasia. In June of 2008 I had two LEEP procedures, my doctor told me after the first one I shouldn’t have to come back except for a check up and then found out shotly after he needed to do a second to go deeper. I was never informed (even after asking) about the risk of caring a baby to full term he assured me everything would be fine. In Aug. 08 I found out I am pregnant with my second child, currently 14wks and will go in to see a specialist to measure the cervix by ultrasound. My ob said they want a second opinion on how my cervix looks…. I am freaking out and hope I do not need a cerclage or anything!!! Has anyone had one?

    November 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm
    (87) Scared, hopeful and confused says:

    Hello everyone;
    I am 30 yrs old, I have a 13 year old daughter (yes I was young)and I have just found that I am 6.5 wks preg. When I was 18 I had to have a leep done. I was not told about any risks, but common sense told me, when I got older, that it would cause problems, even now my dr says not to worry, well I am! After reading your stories I am both scared and hopeful does time make a difference, or does the age in which you have a leep make a difference? what are the chances of problems occuring?

    November 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    (88) Sammantha says:

    well scared and hopefull,

    I too have my concerns and I am definately not a doctor but from what my ob has told me sometimes it has a lot to do with how much of the cervix was removed during the LEEP. I had a substantial amount removed and I am currently crossing my fingers for no complications. Be sure to tell your doctors your concerns and you may be monitored more frequently than once a month but it is better to be safe than sorry:) good luck to you!

    November 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm
    (89) Claire says:

    I had a LEEP done in 2003. Now I’m about to turn 33 and I hope to find a husband, so I can have a baby!! Still single, but working on finding someone ASAP. My last PAP was fine… Wish me luck :)

    November 14, 2008 at 1:20 am
    (90) Jill W says:

    Hi, I had a leep in mid-2004 in June of 2007 I delivared my second child, vaginally. Only concern was during my third trimester is that I dilated/effaced early from having the LEEP & was put on bed rest & light duty during the last trimester. Other than that, things were fine.

    November 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm
    (91) kittylover says:

    I am 35 years old. I had a LEEP done in 2001. I have no children but was pregnant at age 18 which resulted in a miscarraige. My husband and I just began TTC in May with negative results. I am wondering if the LEEP is the reason we are having a hard time to conceive?

    December 9, 2008 at 12:42 am
    (92) nikki says:

    I had a leep done in december of 2007 and ended up having to get general anesthesia and my surgery had some complications i had a check up and things were starting to look ok in april i then did my 6 month follow up and well… abnormal. im worried they didnt get everything the first time around… what are the chances? also i am only 23 and getting married soon and want children if i have to have surgery again im scared i wont be able to have children. my first surgery was full of complications, i just want to complete my family. also my chances for twins is extremly high and now im scared if i have twins my cervix will hate me i think!!! any advice so i can hopefully stop freakin out?!?!?!

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    January 2, 2009 at 1:55 am
    (94) J. Johnson says:

    I had a leep done Oct 6, 2008. I am planning to get pregnant in Spring of 2009. I am hoping all goes as planned and I don’t have complications. Wish me luck!!

    January 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    (95) mag says:

    I just had a leep done this passed friday and was planning on trying to get prego but have been told to wait at least 6-9months. Is this what others have been told? Or should I wait less or longer? I really want to get prego but dont want to risk having problems. Any advice would be great.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:19 am
    (96) ScaredCal says:

    I was told that I have CIN III two days ago. I have a 6 week old baby girl. Does anybody feel that pregnancy triggers the abnormal cells? I never had an abnormal pap before. Also, has anyone had a LEEP for CIN III and cured the first time? My LEEP in scheduled for Feb. 4, and I am scared that the results from the pathologist when they send the removed tissue will be even more bad news. Just need some hope, I am really scared. All I want to do is to stat alive for my baby and husband.

    January 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    (97) scared says:

    i had a abnormal pap and it showed severe pre canceres cells i am only 16 my body is not done growing and i have to have a leep done the doctor said that they have not done any studys on someone this young and that he has not done a leep on someone this young so he does not no what kind of effect it will have on me. i am really scared all i ever have wanted and all i ever want is kids and now i may not be able too, even if i can i think ill be to scared to try because i dont think i would be able to handle the pain of losing a kid the thought of it already makes me want to cry

    January 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    (98) Maria says:

    I am 22 yrs old and I havebeen with my husband for 5yrs. I have never get pregnant so I dont even know if i can concieve. I got an abnormal papsmear in sep 2008 and found out in december that I have moderate-dysplasia. I am going to have a leep procedure on jan 29 2009. I really want to have a baby with the man I love. I hope that this leep procedures actually helps me in getting pregnant asap.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm
    (99) Maria says:

    its me again. I just wrote yesterday what i really wanted to ask if has there been anyone who before the leep prcedure tried having kids and it didnt happen…then after the leep proedure did u get pregnant? please i need to know before i start going to the fertility clinics.

    January 20, 2009 at 1:36 am
    (100) kristin says:

    I was 19 when I had the LEEP procedure done, after finding out that I had moderate-severe precancerous cells. After the LEEP, my next pap smear came back abnormal again! I’ve finally been normal for the past year thank god. After reading these comments, I’m both nervous and hopeful about getting pregnant. I pray that I will be able to carry a baby for the full term..
    Keep thinking positive everyone!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:47 am
    (101) Beth says:

    I had a LEEP and uterine biopsies 4 months ago and am now 7 weeks pregnant.
    This happened before I could get another check up. The biopsy results were good after the LEEP and uterine biopsies so I am not too worried.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    (102) Sarah says:

    I had a leep procedure one year after the birth of my daughter in 2001. Two years later, I delivered my son, now 6. I had no problems what-so-ever and all of my paps have been completely normal since.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am
    (103) maria says:

    Its Maria again. I had the leep done to me yesterday. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I ony felt when the gyn was injecting the anasthesia. I was thinking of you all yesterday because you all gave me the courage to do it. I have a follow up in 4 weeks then I will try to conceive if everything looks good. Thank you all!! I will keep you posted.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    (104) patty says:

    I have 3 children including a set of twins!!!!

    February 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm
    (105) Jessica says:

    Hi,
    I am 22 and recently got engaged, and look forward to having children with him. I am to have the LEEP this Thursday and am a bit terrified. I also have PSOS, so it adds to my complication of pregnancy in the future. Reading everyone’s stories has really given me a lot to think about in the future. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who posted on here, it has really given me the strength to go through this.

    February 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    (106) Celeste says:

    I am 25 and was diagnosed with High Risk HPV, had the colposcopy and biopsies done. They just called me and talk me they results were abnormal and I needed to have a LEEP done. I am engaged and we were going to start trying for a baby ASAP. Did anybody wait for having the LEEP and have a baby first? How long did they recommend before TTC? I was previously married and we had secondary infertility ( his side) and am not really looking forward to dealing with trouble getting pregnant again.

    February 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    (107) LAINEE says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I have to have a LEEP done next month and my husband and I really want a baby. How long did you have to wait before it was safe to get pregnant???

    February 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    (108) Tracee says:

    I had the biopsy a few months ago. I now found out today that I Have to have the LEEP done next month : ( Im scared but heard its not as bad as the biopsy. Im only 21 and plan on having children later on. My doctor said this wont affect my baby making. Im going into same day surgery though. So ill be put under. I guess thats good.

    February 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm
    (109) elise says:

    Hi everyone,
    I am 31 years old. I got mrried about 7 mo’s ago and we want to get pregnant next year. I was diagnosed with LSIL 1 and 2 and am having the LEEP procedure done tomorrow. My biggest fear is our ability to get pregnant and carry a baby to term after the LEEP. We were pregnant two years ago and I had a miscarriage, and am wondering if having had a miscarriage already before having the LEEP means I will definitely need the cerclage when we do get pregnant.

    February 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    (110) pj says:

    I had a LEEP 10 years ago and have since given birth to two children. I saw a specialist throughout both of my pregnancies, starting at the eigth week. I had some complications, as women with cervical surgery are prone to placenta previa and other issues, as well as placenta abruption. I had a tear in the placenta during my second pregnancy and was on best rest for four months. Also, I was told no sex and no major physical exercise for the duration of both pregnancies.

    I was considered for a cerclage, which is the closing of the cervix to sustain pregnancy, but fortunate for me, I have cervical stenosis, so the scar tissue kept my cervix closed.

    However, when it came time to deliver, I was unable to dilate, as all my ability to do so was cut away by the LEEP. So, I had two c-sections.

    I guess my best advice for getting pregnant after a LEEP is to ensure that your doctor is along for the ride. Make sure you get referred to a specialist for high risk pregnancies to check cervical length throughout your pregnancy and monitor the placement of the placenta. Also, be sure you partner is on board with the whole thing, because it could require numerous doctor’s visits (bi-weekly), extra testing, bed rest, no sex for more than 10 months and sometimes just strain of having to be taken care of.

    I wish you well and hope thinsggo smoothly for you!

    March 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm
    (111) sam says:

    i had a LEEP in may of 2008. 3 month follow up pap and colp were normal, 6 mth pap was clear. Went for my 9 mth pap and it came back LGSIL. I am terrified i will have to have another LEEP. Has anyone had abnormal paps after LEEP that clear on their own?

    March 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    (112) Jessica says:

    I had a LEEP done in June 2004 and got pregnant in March 2006. I had a perfect baby boy and had not problems during my pregnancy.

    I did have an abnormal pap again in March 2006. I was actually a couple weeks pregnant but it was just was too early to tell at that point. Mine did clear on its own and have had no problems since.

    March 9, 2009 at 8:56 am
    (113) kayla says:

    hi, I’m 18 years old and lost my baby at 10wks along and now my doc says i have whats called a CNI-2 i have no clue whats that is and she told me i had to get a L.E.E.P done I’m going in on Friday 13. 2009 and I’m so scared cause i want to have a baby my bf and i really want to have a baby but don’t know if we should wait on getting the L.E.E.P done or if i should do it. i was told getting a L.E.E.P done may cause you to lose your baby i don’t know if i could go through that again it really hurt when i lost my baby girl can ANYONE please help me I’m really scared and don’t understand whats really going on. please!

    March 16, 2009 at 10:59 am
    (114) Paulette says:

    Wow !!! Everybody stories are so touching. Today is march 16 2009 and I had my LEEP done exactly 13days ago. My procedure went well but I was pregnant and miscarried before it was done. I thought maybe I would have a good chance in getting pregnant again but I’m so afraid to try. I’m worried I’m that small percent of women who can’t. I had such a bad side affect frm the Leep that I don’t ever want to go thru it again. But I will keep all u guys and your healthy babies in my prayers and hope you can pray that one day I will be able to conceive again

    March 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm
    (115) Rose says:

    well I was told when I was 16 that I had abnormally high counts of A typical cells. I was later informed that those were just dormant cancer cells. I got pregnant with my son at 17 and gave birth just 2 months after turning 18. Shortly after my sons birth I had a colposcopy that showed the cells were changing and that I needed treatment imediately or I would end up with Cervical cancer. I had the surgery when I was 19 and am happy to report that I’ve had clear paps since my LEEP. I did have 2 miscarriages after my leep but am currently expecting my second child. My husband and I are happy becuase our last attempt at conception took us a very long time and we miscarried at 8 weeks. It had nothing to do with the surgery though as the baby had simply stopped developing. It is the most common reason for miscarriage and has nothing to do with LEEP procedures. I am 23 weeks pregnant right now and everything looks fine. My OB says that my cervix looks fine despite the fact that it is slightly shorter than normal. There was over an inch “snipped” off the bottom that was high risk and I am still fine. If you are concerned that your surgery will cause pregnancy problems than you need to take into account that stress is the number one contributer to miscarriage. If it happens it happens. Don’t concentrate on the negative. My story is certainly a positive one that I hope other women can learn from. Good luck and God bless.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm
    (116) HANNAH says:

    JUST GOT RESULTS CIN2 CHANGES WITH HPV INFECTION. GUNA AV LARGE LOOP EXCISION. FEEL DIRTY… WATS HPV infectoin?…confused,worried, are my being a drama queen???

    March 25, 2009 at 10:45 am
    (117) Jennifer says:

    Hello there! I have had 2 Leep procedures…the first one was in 2003 and the second was in 2004. I have had clear pap smears for 3 years now(continued to have low grade abnormalities for 2 years after 2nd Leep) and just recently tested negative for HPV. I am currently 14 weeks pregnant and really worried about having an incompetent cervix. My cervical length was measured by abdominal u/s at 13 weeks and it was 3.2 CM. Tech acted like this was perfectly normal, I am a little worried that it is short. Did anyone else have their cervix measured this early? If so, what was your measurement and were you able to carry your baby to term? This is my first baby and I am so worried that something will happen to him/her!! Thanks!

    April 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    (118) Mandi says:

    Hi I’m 26, I have a six yr old boy I was nineteen when I had him so that came all to fast for me then. Now my husband and I are planning to have another child which we’re really excited about!! I had my IUD taken out and got the news I had an abnormal pap so I had to have a LEEP done on 03/10/09, the results came back the same. my check-up appt. is in sept, do we really have to wait until then to get pregnant or will the baby or myself be in danger if we got pregnant now? please help

    April 27, 2009 at 1:32 am
    (119) Alonda says:

    I had a leap done in 2000 after my 2nd son. I was told I may not carry another baby. In 2007 I had a baby girl the only problem I had with her was early contractions but she was full term. In 2008 I got pregnant again. When they did my ultra sound they saw that my cervix was short I went in for a cerclog but they told me a had no cervix and that they could not do it they said they don’t know how I carried my last baby full term with no cervix. I am now 26 weeks and on bed rest I dilated 2 center meters already hopefully I can make it to 34 weeks. Thank GOD?

    April 28, 2009 at 2:31 am
    (120) Tiffany says:

    I have always had normal paps, but this year my doctor decided to add the HPV test to the list of things to test. My pap came back normal, but it showed I was positive for high risk HPV. After having the colposcopy, it was suggested that I have the LEEP procedure as well.

    I had my LEEP procedure done today. I did a little reading about the procedure before my appointment, but I was almost scared out of having it once the doctor told me it could cause infertility. Nevertheless, I decided it would be better to go ahead and have the procedure instead of letting my moderate dysplasia get any worse.

    The procedure was almost painless (except for the shot to numb my cervix which was more like a prick). I asked a lot of questions during the procedure and even asked to see the sample that was taken. The doctor said the procedure went perfect, so I am hoping that everything was removed and I dont have to go through it again (even though it wasn’t that bad).

    After reading the above comments, I feel more assured that I will be able to have children when I am ready. Thanks so much for sharing!

    May 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    (121) ellie says:

    I found out I have high-risk HPV last month. Last week I had my first colposcopy and biopsy performed. I’m pretty sure, based on the PAP results (LSIL/low-grade) that my biopsy results will require that I have the LEEP. My husband and I want to start a family ASAP. Have any of you ladies WAITED to have your LEEP after having a baby? And if so, did your displasia get worse b/c of the pregnancy? Thanks to everyone who is sharing their stories. It’s comforting to know I am not alone…

    May 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    (122) sherry says:

    I had a leep about 10 years ago. Got pregnant Jan 2008 and at 17 weeks my cervix opened and a lost the baby. I was diagnosed with cervical incompetence due to the leep. Got pregnant again in July 2008 and had a cerclage put in at 15 weeks. Only made it to 26 weeks – cervix just couldn’t hold. Happy to say that my baby boy is doing just fine. Now I have found out that I have an abnormal pap after 10 year of being fine.

    May 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    (123) pebb75 says:

    I was just told I have to have a LEEP done in 4-6 weeks (HPV+ for 4 years)– my doc told me NOT to get preg for at least 6 months — I feel confident however, after reading all of your comments that everything will be fine after the LEEP as long as I do not have an incompetant cervix — thanks for your experiences ladies! =)

    May 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    (124) regina says:

    Hello everyone! I just had my L.E.E.P procedure done today. For everyone who has concerns, I can tell you I felt no pain. They gave me a local anesthesia and I was out like a light. No pain except moderate cramping which can be in comparison with menstrual cramps. I’m afraid of pain so you can take my word. Pain level 1-10 I give it zero. I don’t see any blood just a little discharge. I’m 22 yrs old. Now I am waitng the results. My bf also wants us to have a baby soon. I have other issues as well. I have huge ovarian cysts on both ovaries. I’m taking birth control to shrink them. Hopefully, god willing we will be another success story!! best of luck to you all!

    June 12, 2009 at 12:03 am
    (125) Sloane831 says:

    I had a LEEP procedure in 2003 at the age of 22 (don’t remember what my diagnosis was then). At that time, nothing was mentioned about any possible future issues or problems with pregnancy. I was just told it was something I had to do.

    For me, the LEEP was VERY painful during the procedure. I cried because of how painful it was when they numbed my cervix with a local anesthetic. (I hate to scare people… I’m sorry.) For the following week or so, there was a terrible smell that I could smell through my clothes as the burned skin healed. I had to go for PAPs every three months after that for a year and everything was clear/normal after that.

    In July 2008, I showed positive for ASCUS, but tested neg for HPV, so an annual PAP was set for this year. Had annual this month and it came back pos for LSIL, mild dysplasia. I am having a colposcopy tomorrow. I’m terrified thinking about the future pain of another LEEP and I am HOPING that I won’t have to have one. I’m not sure if my cervix is just unreasonably tender or what, because having my IUD put in Oct. 2007 was also incredibly painful, probably one of the most painful things I’ve gone through.

    After finding out my diagnosis and doing research on the LEEP, I’m so scared that having two LEEPs will result in future miscarriages or Preterms when I do decide to have children. I’ve already been told that there is noticeable amount of scar tissue on my cervix from a prior LEEP. Is this normal? I really just don’t want to have a second one and have it affect my chances even more at having children one day. Here’s hoping for a success story and wishing luck to everyone else going through this as well.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm
    (126) Monika says:

    Hello All,
    In Dec 08 I went for my annual exam and unfortunately I was told that my pap test was abnormal showing CIN I and II..Afetr colposcopy and biopsy I had a leep done at the end of Feb ( the samples from the leap came back worse and showed CIN II and III) and today I went for my first pap test since. I am all healed now, no pain no discharge I feel great like the whole thing never happened…
    But I sooo scared about the resoultsof the pap test
    Was anyone cured after 1 leep? after having CIN II and III? I never had a baby andI am 31 I am terrified….Please respond.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    (127) alyssa says:

    I had 2 LEEPS for severe dysplysia. I got pregnant 6 weeks after my second one because my Dr said it was ok. I got pregnant with twins and it was a perfect pregnancy till 18 weeks when baby a’s sac broke. My cervix was too weak to handel the weight of the babies. I had to deliver my boys. I can’t tell you what this did to me. I am suprised I made it. Do LEEPS or cones cause incompetent cervix? No, but it makes it a risk. Can you get checked every week and miss your cervix shortining? Yes, I got checked 3 days before I ruputured and I was at a 3.5. I should not of had the second LEEP until after I had them since the dysplasis was localized. Or the Dr should of told me about waiting or a cerclage. He didn’t because 9/10 you will be find. I was the exception and they are out there. He could of froze it off which gets rid of the cells but doe not shorten the lenght or hender the strenght. He wanted the OR money my insurance pays not an office visit so that’s why he did it through surgury and didn’t wait( guess he needed the money for his new practice) I have an adominal cerclage place by Dr Haney of Chicago. This will insure my cervix does not let out on my baby again. Or that I will have an infection due to a vaginal cerclage. In my opinion if you have had a severe amount of cervical lenght compermised look at a preventative vaginal or adominal cerclage. If you have had a second trimester loss from rupture of membrains or infection, these are results of your cervix opening too early. Don’t go undiagnosed and have it happen again. After my sac ruptured my cervix closed becuase the weight was lightend. My Dr told me this was a fluke that infections sometimes get in there..bull. If your pregnant a closed cervix will protect the uterus from infection. If you have IC it opens to let the infection in. it wasn’t until I got a fourth opinion I as told it was IC and the reason my cervix closed back up. After I found this out I looked into fixing it and found what works best for me. Drs don’t like to get pregnant ladies scared a million things out of our control can go on during pregnancy. But the ones we can control we should be told about, get informed, ask your Dr to do a cervix exam before your pregnant and check to see it it is flushed.hth

    June 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    (128) dallas says:

    I had a LEEP done back in April 2008. The area that had abnormal cells was very small, but the displasia was severe (can’t remember the technical term). I have had repeat paps every 3 months for a year after that, and all have come back normal. I am currently trying to conceive, and tried last month, but it didn’t work. I know that I shouldn’t be worried just yet, but I still am. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    June 27, 2009 at 12:47 am
    (129) Rgurl46 says:

    My daughter has been married three times and never conceived in spite of never using birth control. Last year she finally saw a Fertility Speciliast and learned she had severe Endometriosis (SP) with Cysts on both Ovaries, her tubes were blocked and she had tumors growing in and out of her uterus. I recently learned she had a miscarrage late last year (we go through spells of not talking) and I do feel badly for her as it know how it can affect young women. She is 38 and her Fertility doc told her if she was going to get pregnant, it was basically now or never. I am glad she found out all the problems she had, but she should have gone to a Fertility Specilist 10 years ago when it was apparent she was unable to conceive. I think at going on 39, any time she conceives she will probably miscarry and should look into perhaps adopting. I still love her and wish her the best, but sometimes some women just aren’t able to conceive or if they do, they go through the heartbrak of multiple miscarriages.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:32 am
    (130) esme says:

    i am 39 weeks and 4days. My due date Is July 21. I had the leep done last year. I had no complications through my pregnacy. But know I am not dialating or any contractions. I feel anxious and nervous. Should I keep waiting until baby decides to come on her own or push for a c- section?

    July 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    (131) Sol says:

    You guys have to stop to think about if you can get pregnant or if so, if you can miscarriage the baby. Look, things pass in my mind too. I have CINI/CINII and I will have a LEEP next Monday July 17th.
    My plan was getting pregnant for the next 2 to 3 months, but I believe I will have to wait a little more.
    The point is, reading all this comments, sometimes I got with hope, sometimes I got scarry. But we are all different. our bodies are different…and each could have the problem in different areas. ONLY after the LEEP, the dr. can really tell you what is the next step.
    Just remember it is all in our mind.
    We all will be pregnant!!!!! I believe in God! and if something happens, is because it had to happen, but I am sure we all can be pregnant after a LEEP. gOOD LUCK!

    August 10, 2009 at 9:23 am
    (132) Tonia says:

    so i had a leep done in april this year and thought everything was fine and now when me and my hubby have sex or he puts his fingers in my i start bleeding and dont know why. gotta find out.

    August 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    (133) Ana says:

    i had leep on 9/07/2009 , i already have a child . but as i was informed there are many problems with future pregnancies after leep, does it affect on fertility or can it have a negative impact on laboring , can it cause problems with dilating, and me Georgian doctor , i had a leep done in the republic of Georgia tells e not to conceive during two years , please tell me more about it

    October 16, 2009 at 5:09 am
    (134) Grace says:

    Im 27, will have LEEP in one month, i was just diagnosed CIN 2 the other days… Now im extremely nervous, cs i havent done any other opreations yet, also worried if i can have a baby in coming years. I got with hope and scarry from the all comments too. Indeed, we are different, our bodies,lives and fate.

    We all will be fine, believe in yourself! Best of luck to everyone !!!

    November 2, 2009 at 3:40 am
    (135) Veronica says:

    Hi,I had LEEP performed about 11 yrs ago. I actually got pregnant about 5 yrs ago, I only found out I was pregnant because I was having a miscarriage. I finally got pregnant this year and I’m right at 2 months.. I’m just really praying that this will be a healthy and prosporous process.. I’m due June of 2010.

    November 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    (136) Julia says:

    First off I want to say everyones comments have really given alot of strength to fight thru this and have children. I appreciate you sharing your stories. I am a 27yr old who has put off her annual pap for years due to school and lack of health insurance. Last week I had a pap and it came back hgsil. Since then all I can do is cry. I can’t eat can’t sleep can’t concentrate at work I’m soo scared I have cancer and am going to die. I’m getting married soon and want nothing more than to have children. I have truly met my soulmate and now all I can think about is losing him. I have changed my diet started supplements i dont drink or smoke is there anything else I can do??? I have a biopsy next month but it’s soo hard to think I have another month till I know what’s going on with me. Please Any words of advice are greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

    December 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm
    (137) Nat says:

    In july 07 I had a leep after a colposcopy revealed cin 1,2 and 3 – In may this year 09 I found out I was pregnant – at 6 weeks I had a miscariage and then at 9 weeks they found an eptopic in my right tube – having now had my tube remover my boyfriend and are still trying – heres hoping it will happen soon

    December 13, 2009 at 1:07 am
    (138) Tisha says:

    I had a LEEP in December 1999. I was told it wouldn’t hurt much and that after the procedure there would only be a 5% chance I would ever have to worry about dysplasia or cancer again. It HURT! The medicine they used to help numb the area didn’t work at all, so I felt everything (It had something to do with my cervix being too dense (?) and the medicine couldn’t be injected). I got pregnant in february of 2000 with my youngest daughter. I had no problems in my pregnancy and delivered her 1 week before my due date. There were some problems with the delivery but I don’t believe they were due to the LEEP. When I went back for my checkup and pap smear when she was 6 weeks old (1 yr after the LEEP), the dysplasia was back, and was beginning to transform to actual cancer. I refused to have a LEEP done again, and when my daughter was 5 mths old I had a complete hysterectomy. ( I also had problems with endometriosis, that also returned after my daughter was born). Since the hysterectomy, I have had no problems at all! It’s been almost 9 years and I am still cancer and endometriosis free :)
    JULIA: I know its scary to go through. Just try to remember that this CAN be treated with a wonderful success rate. pregnancy is still possible, and having a healthy life is possible. Make sure you have a dr. that you feel comfortable with, that will listen to you, and that you trust. I went to 3 different dr.’s before I found one I felt I could trust, but it was worth it, and he helped me in SO many ways. When you find that dr., listen to what he/she tells you. I was 20 yrs. old when I went through it all and had a hysterectomy when I was 21.` Another important thing is to have family and friends there to help you. Whether it’s just to listen to you or go to the appts with you. It is so much easier when you have support. You diet and living right are a good place to start. The best thing you can do right now while waiting for results, is to try to calm down and relax. I KNOW thats hard. Good luck and I wish you the best!

    December 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    (139) D says:

    WOW!!

    I read every single comment & I have recently been informed that my condition with the HPV virus has slightly worsened & that I need to see my doctor again in June 2011. If my condition stays the same or worsens, then I will have to have LEEP done to remove the cancerous cells. I am very nervous & wondering if there is anything that I can do besides take multivitamins to strengthen my immune system. If you know of anything, please let me know. I was informed though that it’s a 50/50 chance of carrying a pregnancy full term. Since I am only 24 and was looking forward to having kids, I am very sad and upset, but I figure that everything happens for a reason so maybe it’s just not my time to have more kids. But oh well. If anyone has anymore words of wisdom/ hope, please do share.

    December 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    (140) help says:

    my doctor wants me to wait 6-9months after having a leep. it wasn’t a big area, so the doctor said. i’m recovering well. but we have already been trying a year before i found out i had to have a leep done. is it true..how long do i have to wait to have a baby

    January 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    (141) andra says:

    I had my Leep today I dont know the term of what I had other then high dysplacia I was diagnosed after my miscarriage in july 2009. .. I was told to wait 6 months to start having another baby. I read about all these woman having miscarriages I cant near to lose another baby and I worry i wont get preg.. I was told that If I get preg i will be monitored at 6 weeks and each week ther after as well as the possibility of a stitch to hold cervix closed if at risk.. to answer your question i was told to wait 6 mom to ensure your cervix has recovered. I lost an inch of a 5 inch cervix i think thats what he said and it takes 6 months to fully recover. so.. it will be a year since my miscarriage when i can try again and at my age 39 in feb im cutting it close.. good lick to all of us in our recovery and our fertility and birthing..

    February 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm
    (142) Jessica says:

    i had the (Marina) which is a IUD which got infected after a year so took it out in april of 2009. Later on in May i found out i had pre-cancer in my cervix CIN 2 with HPV found, and i had the L.E.E.P done in June. Well ive been trying to get prego and nothing happend!! the Doc told me it would take me a bet longer because i had an IUD that had been infected PLUS i had pre-cancer then the L.E.E.P. He told me it would be between 6 months to a year from when i took out the IUD well April is coming around the corner so i’m hoping maybe i will get prego pretty soon but its so hard for me because i have no idea whats going on inside of me and why i’m not getting prego. Every month i hope i will not get my period but i always do. But reading ur storys makes me think that maybe just maybe i will get prego i have a 3 year old and he plays all by himself :(

    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    (143) Irene630 says:

    I had a LEEP done about 6 years ago, and was told they took a forth of my cervix. So, clearly I was a little worried about getting pregnant. When me and my husband decided to start trying it took my about 6 months to get pregnant and it was frustrating, but it happens. Currently, i am 21 weeks pregnant and everyday worried about the cervix thinning out. I had an ultrasound last week and they checked my cervix and everything was just fine. So taking it day by day and hoping for the best. Just pay close attention to your body and make the doctor is checking you every time you go for an appointment…..:-) Good Luck!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    (144) bs says:

    I had a LEEP done Feb. 16th, 2010. My doctor put me to sleep to do my procedure. I do not remember any of it. I did wake up with cramping like a bad period and slight discharge. I am a nurse and on my feet for 12 hr shifts so I was off work for a week. Went back to work after week and bleed very bad with lots of pain. Called md went to see him and a stitch on my cervix had dissolved and I had an infection b/c of the stitches- which was causing me all the pain. My concern is according to my results I am so close to the cancer line I have to wait until my pap in 3 months to see if it is abnormal or normal. If abnormal then we may have to consider hysterectomy. The main reason for this post is I had a coloposcopy done and it said mild- moderate dysplasia and I could either watch it or have the LEEP. But the LEEP is definetly more invasive and actually came back severe and close to cancer. If I had of just watched it, it could of turned into cancer. There was no question in my mind to have it removed. I would love nothing more to have a child, but I dont want to put my life at risk for something that I dont have yet. Thanks! Trying to be your advocate.

    March 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    (145) April says:

    I had my leep done in dec 2009, an recently found out that me an my husband are 4 weeks along an expecting a baby in nov im super scared as this is first preg since i have had my leep…

    March 17, 2010 at 11:17 am
    (146) momhugz says:

    I had a LEEP in 1999 and a cold cold knife surgery in 2001… it was cancer in situ. I got pregnant in 2007 and delivered a healthy baby girl in 2008. There were no problems with the delivery (all natural)… it was very painful at first when the scar tissue was breaking up, but after that it went really fast (total of 4 hours). I had no problems during pregnancy, but my cervix started to thin at 24 weeks (14mm, it was 25mm at the checkup before)… so I was on bedrest from 24 weeks until 34 weeks. That was no fun because I could only lay on my side, not my back or stomach, I couldn’t sit up in bed, and I could only get up to use the bathroom and take a quick shower. No fun, but worth it since my daughter was born 8 days LATE!

    Now I wonder if I get pregnant again, if it will be similar. The doctors said that the scar tissue was the only thing holding my daughter in last time, and now that it’s gone from breaking up during childbirth, I don’t know what will happen next time. The doctors did say I’m pretty much guaranteed to have lots of bedrest though. :)

    April 22, 2010 at 4:43 am
    (147) Miranda says:

    I’m 20 yrs old and I have an upcoming LEEP procedure. I’ve never gone through one before, but have been through many paps, 2 colposcopies and a biopsy. They saw “affected cells” in 2008, and now in 4/10 I’ve been told a LEEP is needed. I’ve never had a baby or been pregnant, but have been on the DEPO for about 4 years. I’m terrified that I’ll be told I can’t have a baby. If they tell me that, I’m scared my fiance will leave me, or that I’ll never be able to have a family of my own. I want the joy of going through my own pregnancy. I’m scared.

    May 2, 2010 at 8:47 am
    (148) Liz says:

    Personally, I believe women should be given honest and complete information.
    These procedures happen far too often to cover the very small risk from cervical cancer.
    This test is unreliable and I worry about using that sort of test for an uncommon cancer.
    Women should be told the risk from this cancer is very low, about 1%…that these are the risk factors so they can assess their own personal risk & tell them about false positives and how likely they are with different testing schedules.
    The more frequently you screen and the younger you start, the higher the risks of over-treatment. About 95% of all procedures are unnecessary. (remember in a totally unscreened population about 1% of women would get this cancer)
    To think that 2 yearly testing sends 77% of women over their lifetime for colposcopy and biopsies and that’s to cover a 1% risk…that is huge and harmful over-treatment for a very small risk.
    I’m not anti-screening, but I think women need far more honest information and we need some respect for informed consent.
    As a very low risk woman, I wasn’t happy to accept the high risk of over-treatment. Very few women even understand they have the right to decline testing or set their own agenda to minimize the risk of false positives. If we had better information, I think they’d be far fewer unnecessary and harmful procedures.
    There is a great website moderated by a Dr Joel Sherman called Medical Privacy & under women’s privacy concerns there are lots of informative references.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:01 am
    (149) DLB says:

    To No. 147 – Miranda,
    That is horrifying…in many countries you would be excluded from testing because of your age.
    Very young women can produce highly abnormal smears not because they have cancer or pre-cancer, but because their bodies are changing and these changes are picked up as abnormal in smears or they have HPV infections which clear up on their own in almost all cases. Cervical cancer in a 20 year old woman is incredibly rare.
    Before you agree to invasive treatment…and LEEP and cone biopsies carry risk, you should get a second opinion preferably from a foreign doctor – the UK, Netherlands or Finland or even from their cancer societies.
    Sadly, I’ve heard American doctors test inappropriately and excessively and end up over-treating women. It seems a serious problem when you see how many of your poor women are put through these procedures to cover a risk from a cancer that would affect only 1% of women in an unscreened population. It’s huge and harmful over-detection and over-treatment.
    Be very careful and don’t get rushed into treatment. As I say, in many countries you would not even be tested for your own protection.
    The UK had a major review of the medical evidence recently and decided to continue to exclude women under 25 from screening because the risks of testing were greater than the benefits – testing was therefore unethical.
    I hope you can find some balanced information.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    (150) mslibbett says:

    I was told that I had abnormal cell after I had my third child in 2007, so had to go back and forth for paps, colo and biopsy and now for almost 3yr I’ve had abnormal cells and finally this year I had the l.e.e.p on (march 13th of this year, I never got any info about it or what risk might be a factor of getting pregnant, but my Dr did say it wouldn’t be a problem having another baby. They never called me with my result I had to call them and when I did they said that the leep got all the cells that was abnormal, and know I’m 6week pregnant and they say it a chance if me losing the embryo cuz of the leep and I only had the leep 2 month ago and my cervix needed at least 1yr to hell which they never told me that. But the Dr said when I turn 13 week the will stitch my cervix, I’m scared a lil and not worried reading some of the post. When some said they had it and a couple o month later got pregnant and doing find and other I’m scared cause some of u lost the baby or had pre-term labor. All I can do is pray and try 2 find me another dr and voice my concern and what I could expect…

    May 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    (151) Brenda says:

    DLB, you absolutely read my mind. Cervical abnormalities are transient. They occur mainly due to the HPV virus, though not always. They WILL occur, like a coldsore, when your immune system is low. The chances of your body being in the process of fighting off any kind of dysphlasia at any one time are quite high. This is normal. So, many women end up having a smear test at such a time, giving huge positive smear rates. A smear at six weeks post-partum is routine, but unreliable. The hormones still present in the body dramatically increase the chance of receiving an abnormal smear. I have dealt with more women than I can remember who have received an abnormal smear at this stage. If such a smear, post-delivery, was delayed by six months, positive results would be far less likely. Yes, screening saves lives, but at what cost? I have read these posts with dismay. Women petrified by their pathological report/treatment, talking about fertility and cancer. Yes in (very) rare cases, early stage cancer cells will be found, and due to screening, almost 100% are treatable. But I am Strongly opposed to the current ‘see and treat’ approach. Women in receipt of an abnormal smear displaying dysphlasia(cells that have been linked to the development of cervical cancer, but this is ONE contributing factor only)HSIL and in particular LSIL, should be monitored. Hasty procedures causing undue anxiety far outweigh the benefits. Cervical cancer is extremely rare, and I must re-iterate, I am an advocate of screening, but the entire process needs an urgent review. I have personal and professional experience of cervical surgery. I urge all women to try not to worry(easier said than done, I know). It needs to be made clear-the current statistics regarding normal v abnormal smears are out-dated. They will tell you that normal smears come back around 98% of the time. This is false, it is more in the region of 75%. For some reassurance you may wish to read the following article, which sheds some more light on the above. I am afraid we women are caught between a rock and a hard place at the moment. Hopefully, the next generation of young women will not have to suffer the same mental and physical anguish, it will just take time for the medical profession to look at the pattern and ADJUST accordingly.
    Best wishes to all, Brenda.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC153831/pdf/901.pdf

    May 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    (152) Brenda says:

    I do apologise, my comment was in response to Liz’ post.

    May 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    (153) Carol says:

    Im 26 and was on birth control for 6 years. Me and my husband have been trying to have a baby for 9 months. Im concerned that i cannot have a baby because i had a leep done in jan 2007. I was diagnosed with hpv at 19 and had lots of abnormal paps. Since the leep i have had two years of normal paps and am very thankfull about that. Now im just worried that the leep messed up my fertility or somthing because ive been trying for 9 months!! My cosin just found out shes pregnant with her second child after trying for 8 months. She was one month ahead of me being off birth control. Im worried and am going to talk to my doctor about getting my self checked out. Reading everyones comments kinda scared me but also gave me alot of hope…thankyou everyone.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    (154) Stacey says:

    I had a leep in sept. 2007 was put on a bc to help with pmdd went for my 6mo check up and was told i was pregnant by the doctor that had preformed my procedure i had to switch doctors at 14 weeks because i had a miscarriage scare at 13 weeks by the time i switched doctors there was nothing that could be done my water broke at 25 weeks my daughter was born at 27wks. she is healthy now but it all could have been helped if i would have gotten better treatment from the first doctor.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:44 am
    (155) Emma says:

    Hi, I’m 22 weeks pregnant and have had a colposcopy and 2 leeps back in 2002 – 2004. I’m getting more regular ultrasounds done to monitor for now and so far so good. I’m trying not to worry but it’s not easy!! I was stoked to find out I was pregnant as I’ve got 1 blocked tube, polycystic ovaries and endometriosis so I didn’t think my chances were very high. I got pregnant pretty much as soon as I tried so I was very surprised. I’m hoping this one will hang on tight until it’s safe. Good luck everyone xox

    July 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm
    (156) jennifer says:

    i had a leep done on may 25th 2010,i got my period on may 30,, and i got pregnant in june.i was 7 weeks when i miscarried….. i was told i got pregnant to fats after the leep, thats why i had a miscarrage,im so sad….

    July 31, 2010 at 11:38 am
    (157) Anilise says:

    found out yesterday I was pregnant and then sent to the ER for extreme left abdominal pain. I am only about 3 or 4 weeks so they couldn’t see much on the ultrasound. However, they did see a small cyst, not a concern, and then there is something behind the cyst. Possible tubal pregnancy.
    My LEEP was done in 2007 after a bad pap, and colposcopy discovering stage 4 dysplasia. I have to get more blood work done in a couple of days to see if my hormone levels are doubling. I can’t stand not being able to rejoice in this because it may be taken away.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:32 am
    (158) Michelle says:

    I am a 26 yr old mother of a 3 and 2 yr old. When my youngest was born in 2008 I had an IUD put in to prevent an unexpected pregnancy since my children are only 16 months apart. When I got married in June of this year I decided to have my IUD taken out and upon removal my doc found some abnormal cells and I had a biopsy. I was diagnosed with HPV and had level 3 dysplasia so I had a LEEP done this month. My husband and I would like to have a child together and ave been very concerned about possible complications. I have done a lot of research and would like to thank all of you for the stories you have shared, this gives us hope for our future. However we will also be cautious about the possibility of prob;ems from my procedure. Thank you again.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:47 am
    (159) April says:

    I had a LEEP done in 2008 6 months after my 3rd child was born. I was diagnosed with CIN III. All paps have come back normal since then. I am now pregnant with baby #4 and although all my babys were born at 37 weeks on the dot, I cant seem to get this one out. I am due in 8 days and I am not even dialated to a 1 yet. I suppose it has to do with the LEEP procedure. I will be induced on Tuesday which is in 6 days. Hopefully she will come naturally. Say a prayer. I love reading everyones wonderful stories

    September 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    (160) Nicky says:

    I had severe displasia in 2007. I had a colposcopy and then the LEEP. I was put to sleep for the LEEP procedure. I’m also in my 30s and think I might be pregnant! Our daughters are 20 and 14… and we had given up trying for a third child years ago. I will insist on the cerclage if we are pregnant and if my doctor won’t do it, I will find a different doctor.

    November 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    (161) scared yet hopefull says:

    i am going in for leep surgeory today and this being my first surgery – i am PETRIFIED… your comments , however have given me a lot of hope as we are hoping to have a baby within the next 18 months.
    wish me luck!!!

    November 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    (162) Mara says:

    I was diagnosed with hpv and had a coposcopy and Leep 13 years ago when I was 18. After the procedure i have had normal paps ever since. Now I am 32 and 7 weeks pregnant. My doctor told me that I will need to see him every week from my 14 week of pregnancy and on to monitor my cervix. I am thankful that he is taking these precautions but am scared to death of losing my baby. This is my first child and I can’t seem to be able to enjoy this pregnancy. I also agree that these procedures are performed too often. I am sick over this. Thank you ladies for all your comments.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am
    (163) Nancy says:

    I work in a cancer hospital and I was terrified when I knew I had CIN III i had a leep done a month ago with clear margins and I hope I will have clear results after. Thank you all for your comments, They gave me alot hope. My advice to everyone is please please please even if you have clear reslts for more than a year keep having your pap smears. I see patients who dropped their paps for a year or two and got severe cancer. I do not want to scare you. but it is better to be safe than sorry. Stay safe girls!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:27 am
    (164) Cari says:

    I’m 20 years old, almost 21 and just went in Sept. to my dr. for a pap. My test came back that I have abnormal cells so I had to have a Colposcopy done. I got my results back from that test and my dr wants me to have the leep preocedure done. Im very scared and dont know from reading everyone’s comments and stories if I should have it done. I got engaged in Dec. of last year and after we get married this summer we plan on having children. Although my finacee has 2 children already a daughter and son, we want at least one more child. I have always wanted children since I was a child myself and I am worried that after the procedure I will not be able to carry a child of my own. Before I found out I had cerival cancer my fiancee and I have tried for over a year and nothing at all has happened so it worries me that since I am unable to get pregnant now that after the leep I wont be able to get pregnant then either..

    December 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    (165) Carol says:

    Hey cari i have left a comment on here months ago about how me and my husband have been trying for over a year now and i still havent got pregnant. I had a leap done when i was 23 and now im 26 and for three years i have had normal paps. I was diagnosed with hpv when i was nineteen and have been married to my husband for two years now. Weve been trying for a year and four months and nothing has happened. At the moment my doctor is running test to see if its my hormones or maybe somthing else but i havent given up hope. Alot of girls ive talked to say it took them a few years and finally got pregnant so if im not giving up hope then you shouldnt either. Just stop trying, get some tests done and hopefully it will happen for the both of us. Good luck girl.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:30 am
    (166) Liz says:

    Brenda, It seems like things are totally out of control in the States. I’ve read there are even women having hysterectomies because of dysplasia – wanting to rid themselves of the risk of cervical cancer.
    Clearly these women are unaware that cervical cancer is rare and a hysterectomy for dysplasia is a huge over-reaction and completely unnecessary. I’d question the competency and ethics of any Dr recommending surgery for dysplasia.
    I’ve read the article you linked, I’m aware of Dr Raffle’s research – it just shows how most women over-react to this rare cancer.
    I know dysplasia is referred to as the dysplasia swamp, it’s so common it’s considered by some to be part of the normal healing process, of cell repair.
    I read recently that the lifetime risk of cervical cancer in an unscreened woman is less than 1% – around 0.65% and a low risk woman has an even lower risk. What the heck is going on with all of these harmful treatments?
    Now consider the misery caused by this testing, just reading through these comments is enough to make you cry…

    Before testing cervical cancer occurred as frequently as mouth cancer, how many women worry and fret over mouth cancer? Do you have your mouth inspected every year and every little thing biopsied?
    It makes no sense to me…I can see why a high risk woman might want the test every 3 or 5 years from 25 or 30, but to include low risk and no risk women is crazy. No woman should be tested without informed consent.

    Did you know using condoms with a partner of unknown HPV status reduces the risk of HPV infection by 70%? When you’re talking about a rare cancer, that’s a huge difference.
    Women now live in fear of a rare cancer and real killers like lung and bowel cancer and heart disease barely get a mention.
    I fear this test is being used against women to make major profits and all at the expense of our health.
    Restore some sanity, do your reading and protect yourselves from harm.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:44 am
    (167) sabrina says:

    hi, i found out a month ago that i have severe displasia and have to have a LEEP…my husband and i had just decided to start trying for a baby right b4 i found out about the hpv…my doctor is recomending to wait a year b4 we get pregnant…i really want a baby. how long did ur doctors tell u to wait?

    December 22, 2010 at 2:10 am
    (168) Carol says:

    My doctor told me to wait at leat six months to a year after the leep procedure to try and get pregnant. That was in 2007. They did the leep and ive been hpv free for almost four years so it really does work for most people. The leep procedure was no big deal and i healed fast. Me and my husband have been trying for a year and four months to get pregnant and nothing. If i were you i would at least wait a year because you need to give your cervix enough time to repair itself. Like i said i healed fast but my cervix still bled off and on after sex and still does till this day. Just give your body enough time to heal so that the cervix is stronge enough to hold up a baby. Its up to you but thats my advice. Good luck and hopefully me and my husband will be lucky enough to have a baby as you will too im sure.

    February 13, 2011 at 12:33 am
    (169) neeks says:

    wow. what stories, concerns, worries , heart breaks and joys all mixed in. I had a LEEP in 1988 due to HPV. Back then, there were no warnings, no risks, etc.

    many years later I became pregnant at age 39 and had a totally natural birth without any drugs! My son was 41 weeks and completely healthy. The labor was long (24 hours) and it was difficult to dilate. Each contraction I was literally breaking open the scar tissue on my cervix from the Leep so many years prior. Scar tissue can only break unlike muscle and normal cervical tissue which stretches. OOOCH. So, it is possible.

    Now, I am pregnant again at 41 years. They want me to check my cervix each month which I will do for sure. This is wisdom. I have been told hopefully the second time will be less painful due to having already broken most of the scar tissue but there are never any guarantees with pregnancy.

    Of course I worry about all of it……AND I also firmly believe we can GUIDE our lives and our experiences with our minds and our hearts.

    Faith is a powerful word with a very powerful meaning and it can be of assistance for all.

    Know yourself and your strength beyond statistics and live your life, get pregnant with your loves and have your babies and TRUST all will be glorious.

    If the outcome is not so, then you can take the time to find strength and TRUST again in your path and that you will find your joy and fulfillment.

    I have lived this story from all sides and I know it to be true and possible and real.

    Bless all you you!

    February 16, 2011 at 2:52 am
    (170) kat says:

    i have had lazer treatment on pre cancerous cells 3 years ago i had the all clear for two years n then last year i had test done again i av got pre canerouse cells again but not bad so the hospital av left me til may this year i av now found out i am pregnant can someone plz tell me if any risks as aint had chance to speak to doctor

    March 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    (171) nessa says:

    i’m 26 y/o and just found out i ‘may’ have cervical dysplasia because my pap came back abnormal and some white areas showed when the colposcopy was done, then biopsy was taken. now i’m dealing with the after-effects of the “meat-like-brownish” discharge. to anyone does the LEEP procedure hurt?

    And to Kat (above) i was told by my doctor that it would be crucial if i got pregnant and had precancerous cells because it would be hard to treat… but hey… you’ve probably already had your doctors appointment by now. i wish you well and the baby’s is born healthy.

    April 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    (172) Carol Snyder says:

    The leep procedure doesnt really hurt its more uncomfortable than anything. Kinda like a pap but all you really feel is a slight pinch when they do the biopsy and when they do the procedure to remove the cells its a kinda burning feeling. Like i said its more uncomfortable than anything. It gets over quick depending on how many bad cells you have. Dont sweat it. Its a piece of cake girl.

    April 10, 2011 at 1:26 am
    (173) valerie says:

    i am currently pregnant with my second child, 8 weeks to be exact. and i am terrrified of having a misscarrage. i found that my first pregnancy fed nutrients to my cancerous cervixs and i was un aware untill my son was a few months old. i had the leep done because that was the only option i was told i had in order to save my life and fertility. i am aslo scared because my first pregnancy was already considered high risk. so now any small cramp or swinge. makes me wonder if this is going to my what im dredding. ill keep you posted. wish me luck and prey for all the women out there who want children more than anything in this world.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    (174) paris says:

    i’ve had the leep surgery about 10 year ago..and still unable to get pregnante..any advice?

    May 2, 2011 at 7:24 am
    (175) Heather says:

    Hi my name is heather and I never had the leep proceure done but my neighbor has. And right adter she had it done she became pregnant. Shes 42. She never went to the doctoe till now and ahwa sue in a month. She is already high risk at jer age. She neglected to take care of herseld and rhe welfare of tje unborn baby. Come women we all need to use oir heads and xommon sense. Getting pregnamt fter that sorta procedure is proven rosk. And age and heath sjould be a factor. Is all I hope is that this ladies stidity does not harm the babu

    May 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    (176) Jenna says:

    I was diagnosed with a low risk HPV when I was just 14 yrs old from my first sex partner. At 26 I have now been diagnosed with a high risk strand of HPV that has also caused abnormal cells in my cervics. I had a colposcopy done a week ago, and I got a call from my doctor today saying that they found some pre-cancerous cells in my cervics. I am so worried about a lot of things at this point. She suggested that I have the leep procedure, and I go in to have it done a week from today. Im not worried about the procedure, Im more worried about the healing process, having normal paps again, and being able to have children. I wanted to start having kids within the next year or so and it looks like its going to be prolonged. I guess its all in God’s plan and not mine. I just really want to take the necessary steps of getting the pre-cancerous cells removed from my body and getting rid of HPV once and for all. Reading your stories were a blessing from God because I thought the worst thoughts possible. I know its easier said than done not to worry but when you get a phone call that involves anything to do with the word “cancer” you automatically freak out. I’ve thought about this all day and have had so many thoughts run through my mind. I see that some of you ladies are having babies, miscarriages and then perfectly fine pregnancies, and all these stories keeps my hopes high, so thank you all ladies. Good luck with your futures pregnancies and paps and I will keep you all updated on my procedure and the results of it.

    June 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    (177) Kitty says:

    I had a LEEP in 2007, I’m pregnant now in 2011 and am now dealing with cervical issues. I am only 23 weeks along and I will probably be on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I am certain the Leep is the cause of this because I did not have any problems with my first pregnancy.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    (178) Anna says:

    I had a LEEP in mid October 2011, and got pregnant end of November (not purposely). I have a perfect pregnancy, no complications (we have watched my cervix very carefully) and am over 36 weeks right now! There are a lot of horror stories on the internet about LEEPs…don’t let them scare you.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:32 am
    (179) Salena says:

    Thank for all the pos. stories and so sorry to hear the ones that didn’t end well. I myself had stage 3 cervical cancer after the 6 week check up following the delivery of my 2nd child. I then had the cone, curretage, and lots of colposcopies. It is 3 yrs later now and I just found out I am pregnant again and quite nervous about the stregnth of my cervix. I was told by my gyno that becming preg. was almost impossible for me. I haven’t even went for my first dr. visit yet (it is in 3 days!!) so I really don’t know what to expect. After readin these I def. have more faith in pregnancy after a cone. I will keep posted throughout my term.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:15 am
    (180) willow says:

    I have had CIN 3 twice and VAIN 1 and two LEEP procedures. I do not regret having the procedures at all because ultimately I believe they saved my life, however i would recommend being selective about your Dr – get the best and most minimally invasive surgeon you can. I was very fortunate to be given a top surgeon who normally works privately, while I was in the public system. I am currently 39 and a half weeks pregnant and everything is going well. If my cervix doesn’t dilate it may mean a Caesarean but I can live with that.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:39 am
    (181) Me says:

    Women have been brought up over the time to sheep, to the level of total insanity. I am surprised that no one stopped and made a note of the compassionate and wise and very accurate recommendations given in posts 148,149,151,166. They have been making money on women’s suffering and on the whole humanity for a long long time. It is time to wake up. Get off your knees and wake up from the delusions and mind control.

    Read below – I have copied this for easy reading. Insanity.

    http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/unnecessary-pap-smears/
    The current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association contains an article whose headline is:

    Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women Without a Cervix
    How can this be?
    In almost all hysterectomies, the cervix – which anatomically is part of the uterus – is removed along with the rest of the uterus.
    Likewise, most hysterectomies are performed for benign disease, not cervical cancer.
    In 1996, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated that routine Pap smear screening is unnecessary for such women.
    The JAMA study found that:
    22 million U.S. women 18 and older have undergone hysterectomy (21% of that population)
    In 1992 (before the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation) 68.5% of women who had undergone hysterctomy reported having a Pap smear in the previous 3 years
    In 2002 (six years after the recommendation) 69.1% had a Pap smear during the same period
    The authors of the study estimate that almost 10 million women – half of all women who have undergone hysterectomy – are being screened unnecessarily, as they are not at risk of cervical cancer.
    Amazing to me.
    If you’re one of these 10 million women, perhaps you should ask your doctor why you continue to have Pap smears done.
    It’s intrusive, costly, and can only lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate intervention.
    Besides which, it’s an example of your doctor’s ignorance and general incompetence, not to mention fraudulent.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    (182) Me says:

    In light of the above post – Transsexual man to woman in Auckland, New Zealand – has Pap smear – although does not have neither cervix nor uterus. Insanity.

    Women have been treated as a second class for years from hormonal replacement to cervical cancer to HPV vaccine. Women must have problem – the mind control programming. Right. It is just women. Right.

    Women do not have any problem. And, women – it is overdue – wake up and stop being mind controlled.

    Women are very intelligent. Women have to use its intelligence and critically question everything and educate itself by reading and learning. Women can change the tide and women will.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:10 am
    (183) Me says:

    Get maximum (huge) dosage of
    Vit B12 and Folic acid every day

    and watch HPV (even if you have) will be gone
    and the cervix healed.
    and this vitamins are also prevention from HPV and good for overall health.

    The body is perfect computer what does not need -from the vitamins – it will excrete out from the body. You can not overdose with vitamins and anyway we are all depleted and lack many vitamins, minerals, and enzymes…

    All best wishes

    October 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm
    (184) Catherine says:

    Hi
    I had 2 LEEPs and a cone biopsy done back in 2007, was told that after 1 LEEP, it has little effect on pregnancy and most women will have a perfectly normal pregnancy. I was then told (a month later when I needed my 2nd) that after 2 procedures, the cervix is flat (short) and this will possibly lead to cervical incompetence.
    I am currently nearly 19 weeks pregnant (first pregnancy)….I am at the scary part now where miscarriage is a risk but I am so close to 24 weeks when baby has a chance. So far (live in NZ) the baby is doing well…..I had my cervix measured at 6 weeks and then again at 12 weeks and it was already shortening and down to 2cm length which is not good. They did a cerclage stitch at 15 weeks but needed dissection due to how short it was….stitch is in and have had 1 cervical scan since which showed it is stable and closed….got another internal scan in a week and then at 24 weeks. Its 50/50 that I will get to 33 weeks and it is a really stressful time but hopefully all will be fine. I would say that at least after a LEEP, you know it might be an issue and can be closely monitored….some people have cervical incompetence for no aparant reason so at least we know to take it easy, get lots of rest!!
    I was told by my specialist that LEEP does not effect you conceiving at all (took me 6 weeks from coming off the pill) and has no affect in first trimester either- its second where you become high risk….as the baby weighs more and puts pressure on your cervix. Hope that reassures a few women out there that you can still get pregnant after 1 LEEP and carry full term- just make sure the doctor monitors your cervix regularly!

    October 6, 2011 at 8:08 am
    (185) Nafeesa says:

    I had a LEEP procedure after my pap came back abnormal during my first pregnancy. They did two colpos during my first pregnancy and said to wait to do a LEEP after I had the baby. Well, I got pregnant right away with my second baby so that didnt work out! So after my second was born, I had a LEEP performed when she was 4 months old. Everything has been normal since then. I was worried about being able to conceive after that and probably 10 months later, I was pregnant with baby #3. Had a few internal sonograms to make sure my cervix was not dilating and was long enough, didn’t have any complications during my third pregnancy and carried my daughter to term. Had her naturally too, so there was no issue with dilation for me at least. Now I found out that I am pregnant with #4!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:10 am
    (186) gema says:

    I HAD A ABNORMOL SMEAR CAME BACK C3.I HAD LOOP TREATMENT MONDAY
    NURSE SAID ALL THE CELLS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.
    BUT AM NOW WORRYED THIS MY CAUSE EFFECTS TO FUTURE PREGNANCYS?

    January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    (187) Tabatha says:

    I have had five miscarriage and Im only 22 i just found out i have hpv and i have to get the leep done in a week i am so scared that i wot ever have a baby me and my boyfriend have been trying but stopped when we found all this out.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    (188) Stephanie says:

    I am 33 years old and currently 11 weeks pregnant. A year ago I have the LEEP done under general at the hospital as a result of CIN 3/ high grade leasions. I was told it was very bad, but the results were good with none found in the borders of what was removed. I am very concerned because my entire cervix was removed. My Dr. is going to monitor my cervix starting 22 weeks. Does anyone else think that is waiting to long? Im very worried.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm
    (189) Amanda says:

    Found out I had stage 2 pre cancer cells on my cervix & hpv in 2008. I was 22. Had the leep done a couple months later & it was at stage 3. The leep was not painful at all & I was terrified. It was uncomfortable, but I would not be afraid of the pain if I had to do it again. I had to have regular paps every 3 months after the leep for the 1st year and my results were good. I have had a pap every 6 months- 1 year & my results have always been good ever since. Leep procedures are 95% effective, but I will continue to have regular paps for the rest of my life just to be on the safe side. :) Now at age 26 (almost 3 & 1/2 yrs after a successful leep) my fiance & I are 10 weeks pregnant with our 1st child. Getting pregnant was not a problem. :) We are however a little worried about possible complications from the leep procedure during the 2nd trimester, so we will be looking for a better obgyn to make sure there are no problems with my cervix.

    March 4, 2012 at 8:49 am
    (190) nola says:

    i have got cin 2, am i able to try for a baby now as i dont want a loop then try someone please let me know thanks

    March 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    (191) Yoda says:

    I had a cone biopsy and a leep over a year ago, I have had a couple of smears since, which have come back normal, me and my partner decided to try for a our first baby two months ago, and on my second month, we found out we are pregnant! I didn’t have any trouble getting pregnant, am 4 weeks now and hoping everything will go according to plan, fingers crossed

    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    (192) Rach says:

    I had a loop after CIN3 (severe) in 2004, I became pregnant with my son a few weeks later. I went full term (and a few days) and had a normal labour until the end where they needed forceps (after reading above posts, it is probably because of scarring but I wasn’t aware of this at the time). In the 8 years since my first smear (I was 21) I have only had one normal smear, all the others have been borderline/ mild changes. I was always told that these were fine to be left as long as they were monitored. On my last visit they did a colpscopy and said that although they thought it just looked mild, if I wanted to add to our family I should start asap but to wait full full results. Found out results today and I have moderate changes. I’m waiting to find out what they advise but at the least it will be a loop again. I have so many questions, I’m going to write them down before I speak to them. I’ll keep you all posted.

    April 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm
    (193) Casey says:

    I had leep done 18 years ago when I was 19 years old. I had an abnormal pap at my 6 week post partum appt. Due to hormones and changes with my pregnancy, I had severe dysplasia. I became pregnant with my 2nd baby about 16 months later. I heard horror stories of scar tissue on the cervix due to leep so I was terrified- my dr assured me the whole time Id be fine. Well, I went into labor on a Friday night…stayed home because it didnt advance much…then Sunday went to the hospital just to ‘see where I was’. The nurses were shocked and had me checked by 3 different people and the on call dr b/c they said they could see my babies hair but wondered why I didnt have an urge to push… Well, after hours of laboring in every embarrassing compromising position possible, the Dr finally figured out that I had so much scar tissue that I wasnt even dilated 1 cm-just extremely thinned out. Baby #2 ended up being a c-section. Every pap I have had since then has been normal- however, they ALWAYS have issues finding my cervix. I had baby #3 3 years ago…she was supposed to be a scheduled csection but my water broke 4 days prior- and I never dilated even 1 cm with that baby either. Today I had an appt with my OB-Im 9 weeks along with baby #4 and my Dr couldnt even find my cervix today. He said there was so much tissue (vaginal tissue) that just grew over my cervix that he couldnt even see the ‘nub’ of a cervix that was left 18 years ago. As discouraging as it can feel sometimes, I am thankful that I can still have babies, even if I dont deliver vaginally, but it’s a shame that 18 years ago (It sounds like they do a better job nowadays!) they couldnt realize the damages that could arise from taking too much of a cervix and think that my fears of scar tissue were crazy! (oh, and all of my babies were full term- first 2 born on their DD and 3rd one just about 10 days before DD.) I hope this helps someone out there and gives hopes of healthy normal pregnancies!

    June 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    (194) Chyna_2x says:

    I had my 1st leep back in 2005. I had a miscarriage in 2010 at 6 weeks on x-mas eve. Last year I was still having abnormal paps cin iii high grade, so I just had my 2nd leep last week. I now have a new Dr. he seems to know what he is talking about and said he’s never had any problems. I will be getting a cerclage once I do conceive again. I am scared that I will not be able to get pregnant, but after reading from this blog you have given me hope. I plan to start trying in 6months to a year to have a baby. Keep God 1st!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    (195) Debbie says:

    Hi all. Just wanted to give you all some hope. I was diagnosed with cin 2 in July 2006 – had LEEP done. Was called back after the cells were biopsied because some of the cells that had been removed had in fact turned into cancer!!! Was offered hysterectomy but at the age of 34 wanted to avoid. Had another LEEP procedure in September 2006 (two leeps within 2 months). Got pregnant (by accident) in 2009 and miscarried at 6 weeks. I am now pregnant again at 40 years old – no problems so far but it is early days.

    Conclusion: LEEP does not cause infertility issues. Depending on the amount of scar tissue, a stitch may have to be inserted into the cervix during the pregancy and you are likely (although not always) to have to have a planned c section just incase of any dilation issues with a vaginal delivery.

    September 15, 2012 at 6:29 am
    (196) Sandra says:

    Hi Girls, Just wanted to share about my 24 year old daughter who was diagnosed with CIN 2. She had the LEEP procedure done back in May this year. Only to find out in June that she was actually pregnant at the time, but didn’t know – CONCEPTION took place five days prior to her procedure. She is currently 20 weeks pregnant and everything seems to be going well. Fortunately, she has excellent maternity care and is planning on having a natural birth!

    September 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm
    (197) Whitney says:

    Hi Ladies, i am 24 years old and I just had a Leep procedure done about a week ago after having abnormal paps for the past 2 years. I had my first abnormal pap when i was 4 months prego with my daughter. I didnt want to believe the doctors for the longest time i was in denial. I was devasted because i never thought somthing like this would ever happen to ME. I feel weird, bloated, cranky, and i have discharge that smells. I was starting to feel very alone until i found this blog. But im glad i came across this blog because now i have hope when it comes down to carrying a full term healthy baby.
    Thanks Ladies!!

    October 14, 2012 at 5:05 am
    (198) appleby says:

    I had a LEEP done last year after the cryosurgery was unsuccessful in removing the pre-cancerous cells in my cervix. Planning to have an IVF treatment next year and when i told the doctor about this, he was cautious to give me an early assesment of my chances because of the LEEP done:( and now i’m getting really worried about the possible risks of having an IVF after LEEP…

    June 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    (199) Chrystle says:

    I just Found out that I have to have the Leep procedure done i was so Scared that i would not be able to have more kids but Reading all that has been put on here I now feel better about having to have the procedure done think you

    July 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    (200) clillibr23 says:

    I just had the LEEP done April 2013. My boyfriend and I had been trying to conceive since last year, so when I was cleared in May to return to normal activities we continued to try. On July 1, I found out I was pregnant and the ultrasound on July 8th put me at 7 weeks and 3 days. The heartbeat was strong at 141! My doctor did inform me that I am at an increased risk for miscarriage and I will be going back in 3 weeks. I am very nervous and trying my best to stay positive. I want nothing more than to give birth to a full-term, healthy baby. If you have any advice or successful stories to share, it would definitely help to put my mind at ease. I’m just hoping that conceiving so early after the LEEP procedure will not cause a miscarriage.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    (201) jackie says:

    I had a miscarrage at 19 weeks in march of ’13 and a month later a leep procedure. Now it seems I am having my period for over a week and sometimes twice a month. Is this normal? we are trying to get pregnant again and its getting discouraging.

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