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What causes vaginal soreness post cervical polyp removal?

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Dr. Yogesh D

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Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016 in Women's Health
Question: I had a cervical polyp removed. I am vey sore. I feel like I am sore vaginally? What is sore and why am I sore? How long does this last?
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Most likely the vaginal walls are sore due to stretching by the speculum.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for the query.

I am sorry to hear the pain you are having, but please be reassured, this will not last long, you will start noticing a steady reduction in the pain and discomfort.

The likely cause in your case is the minor trauma that usually happens as a result of keeping the vagina open with the help of a speculum to take out the polyp.

This will reduce in 2 days and by a week you will be back to normal, during this time, you should avoid vaginal intercourse.

For the discomfort, sitting in warm water will help, you can also take Motrin if the pain is a little more.

Keep the area clean and dry. Do not do vaginal douching and do not use any pessaries.

I hope all your doubts and queries have been addressed, please feel free to write back to me if you have any more questions.

Wishing you speedy recovery.

Best regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 11 minutes later
What are the chances of having cervical scarring from this procedure?? Thank you!!
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 13 minutes later
Brief Answer:
A simple polyp removal does not cause cervical scarring, Relax.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

Thanks for writing back.

A polyp has a small stalk that is attached to cervix or inside of the uterus, so during polypectomy, the stalk is cut from the base without disturbing any other area.

So, scarring is not a problem associated with polyp removal.

So, do not worry...

Best regards
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 18 hours later
Hi,

My doctor also said I was probably sore vaginally from the speculum. Do many patients get sore vaginally from this? It is horrible! I am only one day out, and still in pain. How often do people get infections from this? Are people really better in about a week? I do not want to be like this forever? When do people resume intercourse?
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes, some amount of discomfort is quite common, do not worry.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for getting back to me with your doubts.

It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort/soreness due to the speculum.

Please stop worrying, it will get better in a week.

Unlikely to get infections because of the procedure or speculum use unless the speculum was dirty which does not happen because the instruments used for any surgical procedure are always sterile, surgeons do not take any chance in this regard, but rarely infection can occur even with all the precautions.

Pain/soreness is generally not present in vaginal infections.

People do get better within a week, so please stop worrying.

You can resume sexual intercourse after this one week.

Warm regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 2 minutes later
You are the best doctor! Will i have abnormal pap tests on the future because I had a procedure done on my cervix? Doesn't inflammation cause problems for pap tests?
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Thank you, and no, future pap smears will not be affected.

Detailed Answer:
Hello there,

I am thankful to you for your kind words.

You will not have abnormal pap tests in the future because you had a procedure performed on the cervix. This procedure cleared the problem, so in future, your Pap smears should come out to be perfectly fine, if at all they are abnormal, that would mean that you have developed a fresh problem, unrelated to the polyp removal now.

Inflammation can be recognized on Pap smears as inflammation itself, so even if there is some minor inflammation (which will settle down within a week), it can not be called an abnormal Pap smear because Pap smears are done to screen for early cervical cancers, which on Pap smears appear completely differently.

I hope this will clear your doubts.... It is indeed my pleasure to help you understand your health, so do feel free to write back to me if you have any more questions or doubts, if you have no more doubts, please consider closing this discussion and review my answer.

Best wishes.
Dr. Yogesh D
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 3 minutes later
you are the best doctor ever- when i am ready to have intercourse again, will it hurt due to having this procedure??? can people still have intercourse even though a serious procedure was done to the cervix???
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 13 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No, it will not hurt to have sex, yes, people can have intercourse.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you again.

Please relax and forget about this procedure causing you any kind of trouble in your life.

Just to minimize the chances of injury we advise patients not to indulge in intercourse for a short period of time (2-3 days), following a cervical polypectomy.

After this time, everything will be fine, you might have noted bleeding during intercourse when the polyp was still there, that will not happen now as the problem is taken care of, so you should have a relatively better sexual life and pleasure following polypectomy.

And, no, after the initial few days of abstinence following the procedure, you will not have any pain, enjoy your sexual life fully, indulge in foreplay so that the vagina is lubricated adequately for intercourse, that is all. You will be perfectly fine, so stop worrying.

And, do tell me how you are doing now compared to yesterday, did you follow my advise, and did that make you feel better and reduce the discomfort and soreness?

This was not a serious procedure, it is a minor procedure, and yes, people have absolutely normal sexual life after undergoing polypectomy procedure on cervix.

Please relax and stop worrying.

Take care and stay happy.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 32 hours later
hi amazing doctor

i asked my doctor who perfumed this procedure how it was done- she said she removed the growth from the base and there should be minimal scarring- if there is a scar will this impact intercourse

i am still bleeding four days later and am hoping the bleeding will eventually stop-

i am feeling better!!!!! no more pain!!!!!! just a little freaked out about this
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 8 hours later
Brief Answer:
Bleeding will stop. Scar (which is unlikely) will not impact intercourse.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,

Thank you for updating me with your progress, I am happy to know that you no longer have any pain.

Do not worry about the bleeding, as the epithelium grows back over the base where the polyp was removed, the bleeding will stop completely, uterus has very good regenerative powers, so there will not be any scar.

If at all there is a minimal scar tissue, that will not impact your sexual life in any way. So stop freaking out, you will be fine.

I can completely understand why you are freaking out, but trust your doctor, she has done a good job, so let go of your fears and enjoy your life.

I am pleased to be of help to you and thank you once again for your appreciation.

Take care and have fun.

Bye.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Yogesh D 3 days later
hello amazing dr,

I went to the doctor for a follow up six days after the survey- He checked my cervix which there was minimum bleeding that day. However, that day and the next day including today i am bleeding again. Today marks one week since the surgery. Since the doctor checked my cervix with a qtip did that disrupt the healing process??? I went from min bleeding a few days ago to bleeding again. Will this bleeding ever stop???
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Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Bleeding will stop soon, such bleeding is not worrisome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome back. It is good to hear from you again.

I am sorry I could not get back to you earlier.

Please don't worry, the bleeding will stop, there is absolutely no reason why it will not stop.

The fact that there was very minimal bleeding as the days went by is a clear indication that you are healing well.

Yes, the Qtip is the culprit this time.... it has disrupted the healing process a little bit, but the healing process will continue, so don't worry.

Bleeding is expected to be present for a week to 10 days following any surgery/procedure on the uterus or cervix, so it is fine, you please calm down and relax. Let your body heal normally.

Hope that answers your doubts.

Wishing you great health.

Warm regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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