Friday, 13 October 2017

How many ladies out there have had a LEEP?

A LEEP procedure stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure and is used to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix.

I am curious about how many experience painful intercourse after the LEEP. I tried searching for scientific research on the matter and I couldn’t find any information. All I could find was information on the effectiveness of the LEEP in removing abnormal tissue.

I wonder why there is no research on this matter? Likely because women are not reporting it. I know I didn’t report it to my doctor, because I didn’t know there was a connection and it didn’t start till a few months after the surgery.

My surgery was in 2008 and it wasn’t like I had painful intercourse all the time. It would show up here and there and then slowly became more frequent. It wasn’t until 2011 when I was on placement for school that I was introduced to pelvic floor physiotherapy and made the connection.

Trauma, like a surgery causes scar tissue. Scar tissue is typically tenser than regular tissue and when the penis touches that tense spot it causes pain. When the sharp pain started happening more often, that caused me to tense in preparation that it was going to be painful. Not only was it painful but it was more painful.

I tried changing positions. Then I tried just “dealing” with it. Slowly over time this made sex less enjoyable (obviously). 

So in 2011 when I started learning about pelvic floor physio, I would talk with my instructor in vague terms (cause I didn’t want her to know) on she deals with these kinds of situations and she stated explaining the concept of a tight pelvic floor and how that could lead to pelvic pain.

I knew right away that I needed to know more and I needed to find a way to overcome my pain. I started reading on my own and figured out how to relax my pelvic floor and over time my symptoms improved. What a change! That made me think of the women and men that are impacted by pelvic floor problems and how I could make an impact on the world.

So 2014 I officially started my courses in pelvic health for this reason. If you read my first blog post, I talked about this, if not feel free to have a read J

So I wanted to bring up the conversation about LEEP’s because I sat wondering today, how many others are struggling with this? How many others are going in for this procedure and have no idea this might be a side effect? How many will experience painful intercourse and not know there is treatment?

I felt compelled to write about this, just in case someone reads this and is experiencing this, they will know that they can seek a pelvic health physiotherapist for help. They will know they are not alone.

The Pelvic Health Lady


  1. Thank you for writing this! I experienced pain, and also many other symptoms, due to nerve damage from this procedure.

    It's disgusting that women aren't given any information about the risks. Some women I know have been left with PTSD and suicidal thoughts, because they have lost all sexual sensation.

    There has not been proper research into the nerves in the cervix so many women are experiencing nerve damage that is not even acknowledged by doctors.

  2. It is truly unfortunate when complications arise from medical procedures. I agree that risks and benefits should be clearly outlined for women to make informed decisions. More research is always needed, but even safe procedures can have complications. The other key component that is sometimes lacking is having access to information about what treatments are available to address the complications.