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Vaginal birth after LLETZ

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Missingcaffeine Sat 16-Apr-16 23:27:48

I'm currently pregnant with second.
Prior to first baby I had an abnormal smear showing CIN 3. I had colposcopy treatment with a LLETZ (large loop excision of transformation zone). The gynaecologist said it wasn't a large area and I wouldn't need a stitch and sure enough I had a healthy pregnancy, and delivered naturally at 39 weeks.
However, the pain of the contractions was so much worse than the worst pain I could ever imagine and I feel sure that this slowed my dilation down at the end. I got to 7cm on my own at home and was fine, but from 7cm-10cm the pain was unbelievable and this took 7 hours from 7cm to delivery. I wonder if my second labour might be easier (less painful and quicker) now this scar tissue has already been stretched?
Obviously I have no way of comparing with a labour without LLETZ - but wondered what others experiences are with labour after LLETZ.

Junosmum Sun 17-Apr-16 07:35:15

I had lletz a few years ago. Labour was 21hours, 4hours pushing ending in forceps delivery. I don't think the lletz had anything to do with it, I have family history of long difficult labours.

sulalovesbing Sun 17-Apr-16 07:37:49

I was really worried about this too.

I had a 6 hour labour with dd1,
Had a lletz 6 months after birth,
Had dd2 after a 3 hour labour. In fact during labour I didn't think about it once but it was all I could think about during the pregnancy!!

Didn't make a difference!

guiltynetter Sun 17-Apr-16 07:41:59

I had LLETZ under general anaesthetic the year before I had my DD. I saw a consultant for it during my pregnancy but they said nothing, just to keep an eye on early labour signs. I don't think it had any effect on my labour.

smallchair Sun 17-Apr-16 07:46:23

I had the same procedures as you for the same reason. DD1 was a tough old slog, 3.5 hrs pushing. DD2 was born accidentally at home because I went from "Oh I might take a paracetamol and think about leaving" to my husband catching my baby in around 20 mins. everyone is different!

soundsystem Tue 19-Apr-16 23:04:16

Sorry to hear your labour was so painful. I had an LLETZ prior to having my DD. My labour was 4 and a half hours, and I was 10cm by the time the midwife arrived so I didn't have any pain relief until then.

You mention you got to 7cm at home but then 7-10cm was slow and painful. Did that coincide with you going to hospital? I think quite a lot of women find their labour slows when they go to hospital, something to do with adrenaline (will go and look up what I mean as I'm not explaining it well!). Might that be a possibility rather than anything relating to the LLETZ?

Dixiechick17 Thu 21-Apr-16 22:46:29

I had Lletz following CIN2, I had to take progesterone throughout the pregnancy as my cervix was soft and had shortened, Went into natural labour at 40+5, 5 hours and 17 minutes from the first contraction my DD was born, I went from 5cm to 10cm in 90 mins, the pain wss intense but I have nothing to compare it to, I managed without pain relief though. I can recommend hypnobirthing to help you relax in the lead up and during birth,I just used the maggie howell cd and book.

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