I wanted to share a positive LLETZ story as I was only able to find really negative experiences online and so was absolutely terrified. Despite me knowing several people who had the procedure who said it was 'no big deal', I chose to listen to strangers online instead which was terrible for my mental health.
I delayed the treatment for two years because I was so worried but my nurse colposcopist said that after 4 6 monthly check ups, it was evident that I couldn't avoid it any more.
Two weeks after that phone call, I was in the day surgery unit to have the procedure under a general anasestic due to my anxiety. This meant a slower recovery time but for me it was the right choice.
I woke up suffering only from the anasestic, I was a bit wobbly but in no pain at all. Then I slept for the rest of the day and most of the following day.
For around a week I had heavy watery discharge with a slight pink or brown tint at times and some mild cramps in my lower back which was unusual for me as my period pains are always in the front. After a few days, there was some black sooty stuff in the discharge which I wasn't told to expect but saw on here that it's quite common. The worst bit for me was that after maybe 5-7 days, there was some fleshy tissue in my discharge which again, after some research I discovered was normal. It was the worst bit for me as I could feel it coming out so I was worried and uncomfortable until I found the info online.
After 10 days I had my period, it was a little more painful and heavy than usual but that was to be expected. Since my period ended, I've had no discharge or further bleeding.
I'm 3 weeks post treatment now and feel completely back to normal, I have resumed exercise (avoiding HIIT until the 6 week mark), I have had a bath but I have not yet tried to have sex and will wait a further 3 weeks at least to be sure.
I am so relieved that I've dealt with this now. Whilst I am anxious for my results, I am excited to be able to put this behind me and I'm so grateful to my lovely nurse.