Pain Control

You may experience cramping similar to menstrual cramps for 48 hours after the procedure.

You may take “over the counter” pain relievers that do not contain aspirin such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®). Do not exceed the daily recommended dose.

Note: If the pain is not relieved by pain medication, call our office.


You may return to your normal activity one day after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work one day after surgery.

Do not have intercourse or use tampons for four weeks after surgery. Use sanitary napkins only.

You may shower the day after surgery. Do not soak in a bathtub or swim for four weeks.

Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge

You can expect vaginal bleeding like a period, spotting, brown discharge, or watery discharge for up to three weeks after surgery.

Some increase in bleeding may occur at 10 to 14 days. This is when the “scab” may fall off of the cervix.

Your doctor likely used a medicine during the procedure that will cause a brown or black discharge for the first few days after the procedure. This discharge may stain clothing.

Note: If you have heavy, bright red vaginal bleeding soaking one pad or more per hour, call our office.

Sexual Intercourse

Avoid placing anything in the vagina for four weeks (i.e. tampons, douching and sexual intercourse).

Follow-up Appointment

You should schedule a post-operative appointment for four weeks after surgery. This appointment is important to discuss your pathology results and make a follow-up plan.

Call the Office if You are Experiencing:

  • A fever higher than 100.4º F
  • Increasing pain not controlled by pain medication
  • Inability to eat or drink without vomiting
  • Inability to empty your bladder
  • Heavy, bright red vaginal bleeding, or foul smelling discharge.

If you feel you need to be seen urgently, please go to the Emergency Department where your surgery was performed so that our physicians may care for you.

Any questions regarding your surgery or post-operative recovery should be directed to the staff at the Women’s Clinic of Johnson County rather than your Primary Care Physician.