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After cryotherapy, you’ll have some watery discharge that may last from a few days to several weeks. Other problems are very rare. Most of the time cryotherapy is very effective.

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What do I need to do after cryotherapy treatment?

After cryotherapy, you’ll have a watery discharge that can last from a few days to several weeks. Your discharge might be heavy, and there might be a little blood in it. Be sure to drink lots of fluids to replace the water you’re losing.

Your doctor or nurse may tell you to not douche or use tampons for several weeks after cryotherapy. They may also tell you to wait awhile before having vaginal sex. This gives your cervix time to heal and lowers your chances of infection.

Is cryotherapy safe?

Most people don’t have any serious cryotherapy side effects. Rarely, however, problems can happen. These include:

  • fainting

  • flare up of an existing pelvic infection

  • heavy bleeding

  • freeze burns in the vagina

Call your doctor right away if you have:

  • heavy bleeding

  • severe pain in your belly

  • fever (temperature 100.4 F or higher) or chills

  • vaginal discharge that smells bad

Cryotherapy shouldn’t affect your ability to get pregnant in the future, unless a very rare complication occurs.

In a small number of cases, cryotherapy doesn’t completely remove the abnormal cells. This is more likely if the abnormal cells are deep in your cervix. If this happens, you might need to get cryotherapy again, or different treatment.

Cryotherapy During Pregnancy

Doctors usually wait until after you give birth to treat abnormal cervical cells. Delaying treatment is usually safe because it generally takes a long time for abnormal cervical cells to become cancerous.

Are there other treatments that prevent cervical cancer?

Yup. These include laser treatments, doing a LEEP procedure, or removing the cells by cone biopsy.

If your cell abnormality is mild, your doctor may not want to treat it at all, but  just continue watching the cell changes carefully with more frequent Pap tests. This is because sometimes these things clear up on their own. So the problem could stay the same, get worse, or go away on its own. Your doctor or nurse will talk with you about the right treatment plan for you.

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