Pregnancy after LLETZ procedure

Last Modified: April 18, 2003

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Assuming that the LLETZ procedure removes my dysplasia, and a normal pap result achieved. Is there a recommended time following a LLETZ procedure before, we should try to get pregnant. 

Answer

Stephen C. Rubin, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

The LLETZ (Large Loop Excision of the Transformation Zone) is a surgical excision, which should be about 90% effective in clearing up the abnormality. We typically recommend waiting until one or two normal Paps are achieved after treatment before attempting pregnancy.

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