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I have a colposcopy in a few days time to investigate post-coital bleeding never had one before, 32 and all up to date with normal smears.
I think I know what to expect, but have a few questions. They say to bring a sanitary towel for afterwards- would I be able to use my mooncup? I'm hoping to go to my yoga class a few hours later- is that terribly optimistically naive?
It also says to avoid sex afterwards until discharge is "normal". Really? Why?
I wouldn't advise using your mooncup. Take a sanitary towel or a liner, you might feel a bit tender afterwards. I didn't bleed heavily, more a discharge. I also felt a bit queasy for a few hours after, but if you feel OK, go to your class as per normal.
Sex=possible infection gah, I guess so. They'd probably make the same argument against internal sanitary protection then. The mooncup sits inside the vagina as low as possible, so not up near the cervix really. Like a tampon but doesn't absorb all the natural moisture, just collects the menstrual flow/whatever discharge there is. If I re-sterilise it first then infection risk should be minimal. I have some cloth pads too so I'll take one of those for straight after the appointment then. I'm not sure I'd be comfy at yoga unless I can use the mooncup though at least just for the class. Boyfriend has pointed out he's on night shifts for the few days after my colpo anyway so unless I had "other plans(!)" I'll probably be ok on the sex front anyway, pity! Trying not to think too hard about it all really. GP think it's just a severe cervical erosion but wants to be thorough.
Just to say thankyou for the reassurance this week.
For anyone else going for a colpo, it was fine. Actually more comfortable than a smear due to the special raised chair/bed contraption. Also pretty interesting to see my own cervix on screen!
Also, as mine was just an examination with no treatment (as it was to investigate post cloital bleeding rather than following an abnormal smear, and they diagnosed ectropion and I elected to not cauterise at the moment) this meant I had virtually no abnormal discharge following. I would have been fine to go to yoga, although I didn't it was more of an emotional feeling sorry for myself excuse!