Unless you've had a hysterectomy, trachelectomy, or possibly a LLETZ or cone biopsy under a general anaesthetic, you'll be able to go home on the day that you're treated.
Most women feel fine after treatment to the cervix with a local anaesthetic, but some women feel slightly unwell for a few hours. It’s a good idea to have the day off work, in case you need to go home and rest. You may find it helps to bring a relative or friend to support you and drive you home.
If you had treatment under local anaesthetic, you may have some period-like pains for the rest of the day once the anaesthetic has worn off. You should expect to have some bleeding or discharge after treatment. This usually stops within four weeks but may last up to six weeks. The bleeding shouldn’t be heavier than a moderate period and should get steadily lighter.
You should contact your GP or the clinic where you had your treatment if:
- the bleeding starts to get heavier – for example, completely soaking a pad within two hours
- the discharge starts to smell unpleasant, which can mean that you have an infection
- you develop a temperature
- you have severe pain
- you have any other concerns.
Your doctor or nurse will probably advise you not to have sex for at least four weeks after your treatment to allow the cervix to heal properly. You may also be advised not to use tampons for four weeks. You should feel completely back to normal within six weeks.
Research has shown that treatments for CIN are usually very successful. Although most women will have no further problems and the CIN will not come back, all women still need to continue with regular cervical screening tests.