LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) is a procedure performed to remove abnormal cells or tissue in the cervix. LEEP may be recommended when changes in the vagina or cervix are identified during a pelvic exam, or when the results of a pap smear are abnormal. LEEP may also be used to identify or treat polyps, and human papilloma virus (HPV).

How is it performed?

For the procedure, a thin electrified low-voltage wire loop is used to remove abnormal tissue and cells. Any tissue or cells removed will be sent to a lab for further analysis. Typically, a vinegar solution is applied to the cervix. This enables your doctor to see any abnormal cells more clearly.

After the procedure, you may experience mild cramping, spotting and discharge. We recommend taking a pain reliever to alleviate discomfort. You should avoid sexual intercourse, heavy lifting and strenuous activity for a couple of weeks.