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Loop diathermy treatment to the cervix – post procedure advice

Read our guide below which explains what you should avoid and the possible after effects of loop diathermy treatment.

You can also download a PDF version of this patient information by following the link on the right.

Post procedure advice

You must avoid:

  • strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks, for example, going to the gym, power walking, horse riding, cycling, and aerobic activity
  • swimming for 4 weeks or until discharge stops
  • intercourse for 4 weeks
  • using tampons for 4 weeks. Use sanitary pads instead.

How long will I have discharge for?

It should decrease in about 10 days, but it can last up to 3 weeks.

What should I do if I have discomfort?

Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you need to, but avoid any aspirin based products.

Bleeding and discharge

Although rare, you may get bleeding after about 10 days. This may be from either disturbing the scab that initially forms with healing, or due to infection.

If you get bleeding or offensive discharge you may need antibiotics. Contact your GP.

Excessive bleeding

If you’re soaking pads or passing clots, call one of the numbers below.

If you’re bleeding heavily, go to Accident and Emergency. Call 999 for an ambulance if you have any transport difficulties.

When will I get my results?

You should get a letter within 4 weeks with the results of your treatment. We’ll also tell you about a recommended follow up.

If you don’t get a letter by then, contact the colposcopy secretary on the number below.


Colposcopy clinic

01494 425375 / 01494 425575

8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

The colposcopy nurse may be in clinic and unable to speak to you. If so, other staff will take a message and the nurse will call you back.

Colposcopy secretary

For result letters

01296 831568.

Colposcopy co-ordinator

To change your appointment

01296 831906.

About this information

It explains some of the most common side-effects that some people may experience but it’s not comprehensive. If you have other side-effects and want
to ask anything else related to your treatment, contact the colposcopy nurse.

How can I help reduce healthcare associated infections?

Infection prevention and control is important to the wellbeing of our patients so we have procedures in place. Keeping your hands clean is an effective way of preventing the spread of infections.

You, and anyone visiting you, must use the hand sanitiser available at the entrance to every ward before coming in and after you leave. You may need to wash your hands at the sink using soap and water. Hand sanitisers are not suitable for dealing with patients who have symptoms of diarrhoea.

More help or advice

Contact our patient advice and liaison service (PALS) on 01296 316042 or