Our expert says:
Presumable you have abnormal cells on your cervix and this is why you are having the LLETZ. Abnormal cells are often associated with the HPV virus which can be sexually transmitted, but this is not necessarily the case.
The procedure is not particularly painful. In fact, many women have it under local anaesthetic. If you have a full anaesthetic, you obviously will not feel anything and there should be minimal pain afterwards. You should be able to go back to work the next day. You will have to avoid intercourse until the cervix has healed - about a month.
Side effects include bleeding, infections and sometimes an incompetent cervix when you are pregnant. These are not common though.
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