If the results of your Pap smear test came positive, it means you have abnormal cells on the cervix. The cells may be precancerous; therefore, removing them with LEEP is the best for you. It is a minor surgical procedure that a doctor can perform in his or her office. After a LEEP procedure, consult with your doctor about when you can return to your exercise routine.
After a LEEP procedure and during the recovery period, doctors recommend restraining from exercise or any form of excessive physical activity for at least 48 hours. You can return to your exercise normally after two to three weeks after the surgery.
Another thing to keep in mind after a LEEP is the use of tampons. You should not use them for four weeks to ensure a healthy healing process for your cervix. If you are a swimmer, then the bleeding after the LEEP can affect your exercise. Similarly, if you do high impact exercises like running or aerobics, avoiding them for one week will reduce the chances of excessive bleeding.
A good piece of advice is to talk to your doctor if continuing the exercise or sports is safe for you or not. This all depends on the symptoms you may be having and your healing process.
Complications After LEEP
Some of the complications after a LEEP include an increased risk of pregnancy complications for some women. The complications can result in low-birthweight babies and preterm birth. In rare cases, the cervix is narrowed, which can cause problems with fertility or mensuration.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, such as heavy bleeding, severe abdominal pain after the procedure, it is time to call your doctor.