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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Squid Complex

i was doing some research and reading forums and blogs on LEEP and black vaginal discharge and found there are a lot of women scared when they experience this. for those of you who have not, let me explain a bit.
when you have the LEEP process (a biopsy using a wire circular object), it is highly unpleasant. though the symptoms that follow are equally, if not, more unpleasant. this is what i like to call "The Squid Complex."
a few days after LEEP, many women will get a black as coal, extremely foul, fish smelling discharge. this is normal though i do not know why. it is also accompanied by black "ashes" on the toilet paper upon wiping. one girl explained it beautifully when she said "it looked like someone had flicked their cigarette ashes on my toilet paper". this is all left over from the cauterization doctors perform so you don't bleed after the biopsy.
and though i have not been able to find any website which explains the "why the discharge is normal" i have found many that says it is. that includes the foul smell as well.
as unpleasant as it is, and it is extremely unpleasant. i felt i could not only smell myself but everyone else could also. it was like walking into a fish market every time i pulled my underwear down. i can assure you, that this will in fact go away after a week or so though. the only thing you really need to worry about after a biopsy is if you run a fever...everything else is just part of the process.
for more information on a biopsy, visit my article titled "What Really Happens During a Biopsy"


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for clarifying this for me. I had my treatment almost 2 weeks ago now and was starting to worry. My doctors didn't warn me it was even a possibility.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Similarly, my doctor didnt warn me.