Bleeding after lletz

Hi, I had lletz done under general anaesethic this morning. Since then I have been bleeding a lot of bright red blood. I am not sure if this is my period starting as it is also due around this time.

Any advice on what to expect regarding bleeding after lletz / when I should worry and contact my doctor? 

Hi CatherineB,

You might benefit from reading our blog on recovering after LLETZ: 

Please know you can also use our Ask the Expert Service too whenever you have any medical questions: 

Please do go back to your colposcopist though if you are ever very concerned, as they will know your situation fully and can help answer any queries.

Very best wishes,


Bleeding after LLETZ is normal, but excessive isn’t. The general rule is: if you’re having to change a normal pad every hour, it‘s wise to contact your colposcopist or GP. You may also pass clots, which is normal and some gritty brownish clots - this is the scab falling away when it’s healed.

The main thing to be looking out for is infection. If you start discharging smelly greenish discharge, possibly with a temperature, pain and nausea, you’ll need antibiotics from your GP.

Hi there,

I was just discharged from the emergency dept last night. I had my LLETZ procedure on 05/09 - exactly 2 weeks aftwr 19/09, I started bleeding profusely. I was at work and the blood soaked through my pad, undies and pants :(

I thought it was my periods but I went to the loo to check, a blood clot the size of my fist came out. I was horrified and had to sit there and wait for the bleeding to stop. It didn’t so I went straight to the hospital where the doctor pulled out a massive clot and she told me it’s most likely an infection. I was given augmentin duo forte, pretty strong antibiotics. The bleeding has subsided but I have some abdominal cramps and I feel very lethargic. I’ve been told to take the week off and not to do anything strenuous for the next few days. 

Have you had any bleeding with clots?