Want to know all about my LEEP procedure? Well it’s story time, so stick around!
HELLO Lovelies, I missed you. Today, we are getting really intimate girl and real close. We are about to become besties, sisters, cousins, homies, we are getting to know each other, okay! I’m giving you guys the real deal truth about my LEEP procedure, everything that happened and how things are going now at this very moment.
Before we get into this post, let me say first that this was MY experience and these are MY opinions. This is what I went through with MY body. Every one of us is different. What worked for me, may not work for you.
Why am I sharing this story?
I chose to share this story because I felt it was important for you, my readers and subscribers, to hear an honest and unbiased “review,” on this procedure and figuring out whether getting it was worth it. It will be somewhat graphic, but it’s important to give you a clear illustration as to what occurred. I’m going to be using the word “vagina” a lot. So if that makes you uncomfortable, you may not want to read this.
I will always remain transparent with you guys and from time to time, will be sharing some pretty personal details about life. With that being said my bestie, sis or cuzo, if you are interested and want to know more about this procedure and how and what happened to me, let’s get started!
For years, I’d always been prone to vaginal infections, bacterial and yeast infections. This eventually evolved into unusual discharge that was thick and dark colored. But it had no smell. There was no itching or any other symptoms associated that would signal a problem.
I would go to the OB-GYN and get exams and do test after test, which would come back normal, one visit, and then abnormal the next. Never did I receive a real explanation as to what was happening. I was doing all the right things like, changing my wet clothes right away, bathing and cleaning myself properly, so I shouldn’t have been having problems. I had already started down the path of eating properly, so I knew that wasn’t it. Another thing I noticed was that I would always get a bacterial infection after having my menstrual cycle or spotting. It just seemed like every other month, I was getting an infection and I just couldn’t understand why?
My doctor would prescribe an antibiotic, which by the way, gets rids of your good and bad bacteria and throws everything out of whack! I would be back to square one trying to put the good bacteria back into my body. My doctor couldn’t explain why he told me that she told me that some women are just more prone to infections. Don’t get me wrong, my doctor means well and she knows her shit.
I was diagnosed…
After what seemed like a thousand tests, ultrasounds, and colposcopies, I was diagnosed with having severe inflammation of my cervix, or cervitis. This meant that my cervix was just unable to heal on its own and had potential cancer cells. Finally, yes I had a condition! I know that sounds odd! I was just so happy that I wasn’t going crazy.
After seeing my almost desperation to be rid of this problem, she suggested LEEP. At first, when she described the LEEP procedure, hearing her describe the procedure gave me anxiety and was not very appealing at all. I had ill feelings about it and quickly dismissed the idea.
I pondered the diagnosis and the treatment she suggested for about two weeks. Due to the high ass the deductible that had to get paid first, this was not covered by my insurance. This meant that I would have to pay $1200 out of pocket. I was very much like “hell no” that’s just too much money! I’m a single parent, I got two babies to take care of and I need all my coins hunty!
But, that was a stupid response. Ultimately, what made me change my mind was the handwritten letter that I received from my doctor, basically pleading with me to have this procedure because she just felt like it was the best thing. In the letter, she explained the importance of why I needed to do the procedure. I very much appreciated her caring enough to reach out to me and decided to take things more seriously.
What is a LEEP Procedure?
LEEP, stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. By definition from hopkinsmedicines.org, this procedure, “uses a wire loop heated by electric current to remove cells and tissue in a woman’s lower genital tract. It is used as part of the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions.” That was the clinical definition. Here is my definition: a metal wire is heated to the point of burning, to burn off your rotten cervix and abnormal cells. You do the comparison–neither one sounds good to me. Not at all sis!
*Note: There are other conditions that could result in your doctor prescribing this procedure, which you can find out more about by going to hopkinsmedicines.org website.
For this procedure, I wanted to know what I was in for. You know when you hear about something burning the wall of your vagina, to me it was scary AF! So, I was like well let me Google it (I Google everything) and let me read up on it. I watched a few Youtube videos and read the information sent in the mail. I mean, I really researched it and I watched videos of women, who have had the procedure, listened to their experiences and how it had changed their lives. Be warned, some of the videos, like the one linked, were actually very graphic and show the actual procedure being done.
Now I began to calm down a bit.
She numbed the area with a needle. I took a sedative because I had anxiety and nervousness for the procedure. Once I was numb, the next thing she did was perform the procedure. I heard the machine that was used to heat the wire, but I did not feel the wire. I did feel the needle and more than the pinch! She gave me a heating pad for the discomfort which pretty much felt like period cramps. Overall, it took about 10 to 15 minutes.
What is the after care?
The next day, I woke up fine. Over the course of a few days, the “patch” that they cartelized inside, fell out on its own. I washed up normally. Overall, I had no complications after the procedure.
It was one of the best decisions I made for myself. I am grateful my doctor pushed me to get it done. After I charged up that $1200, I didn’t give it a second thought. This is my health after all.
It’s been TWO YEARS and my tests have been normal, I haven’t had any infections and the discharge is NORMAL, (normal according to healthcare professionals on how a healthy vagina should function). It gave me a fresh start because my feminine health totally changed! I attribute this to the LEEP.
Six Tips to Maintaining Vaginal Health
When the vagina is naturally cleaning itself, there is no need to use feminine products, sprays, douches or washes. In fact, I don’t recommend them because it interrupts the normal pH of your that in itself can give you an infection. Don’t get it twisted, I have zero complaints! She’s fresh and so clean, clean like Outkast. My doctor advised that women don’t need this stuff. Now, I understand that some of you may use this stuff and have never had any issues. But do yourself a favor and save yourself some coins, it’s unnecessary. As long as you’re drinking water and putting good things in your body, you shouldn’t have any problems. Outside of any other medical conditions or practices not mentioned here. Unfortunately, anything can still trigger a problem.
- Here are seven tips that I use to maintain my vaginal health.Clean the inner labia with water and the outer labia with a gentle soap of your choice. I’ve been using Dove since I was a young kid and it’s never done me wrong. Your inner labia does not need soap or a cleanser because it self cleans, just like an oven, but less messy. *wink
- Drink apple cider vinegar. This is my number one healing tonic. It helps to normalize your pH. I use it on my hair and ingest it regularly.
- Say “No” to feminine products! NO Summer’s Eve feminine washes, douches or anything with chemicals. Especially, after your cycle.
- Take bubble baths, in moderation, and try to use natural products in your water. Remember, SHE does not like oil, or bath salts. Keep it simple. Bath bombs are ok. I haven’t had a negative reaction to using them.
- Drink lots of water!
- Eat as clean as you can making sure to eat fibrous vegetables and fruits. However, a word of caution on the fruit: too much sugar can give you a yeast infection. If you start smelling like a bakery, “Houston we have a problem”!
- If you are planning to wax, make sure that you choose a place that follows the sanitation procedures. Make sure that you wash afterward and exfoliate.
If you’re like me and you’ve reached the point where you can’t take it anymore and you need to know what’s going on with your body, consider speaking to your doctor about this. Do your research first. It’s actually a very common procedure, that many women do not know about or even heard about it.
I hope that you found this post helpful. Please leave a comment down below. If you have tried this procedure, did it work for you? Leave any questions you have and please remember to like and share.
Don’t forget to check out my recent post Do You Even FASHION? It’s much more light hearted than this, LOL! See you guys in the next post! ~xoxo0