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Lap and mirena day tomorrow! Any final tips/advice?

Hi everyone, due to go for my first lap tomorrow. And also i'll be having the mirena fitted and hopefully a smear test. I really had been freaking out quite a lot as i'm a bit of a worrier! But actually i'm feeling quite excited to FINALLY (fingers crossed) be getting a diagnosis!

So just wanted to ask is there anything i should be doing before hand? I'm going to pack an overnight bad in case, have bought some painkillers although nothing really works on me so am going to ask for more when there, have bought pads, i saw someone say clean your belly button haha so i will do that! is there anything else i should do? or any tips for afterwards? as i'm not sure really what to expect after!

Especially with the mirena what should i expect after? i've heard from a couple of friends to expect around 4 days pain, and will it bleed straight away or what? and maybe for how long?

Also how many of you have had a lap but no endo found? And if so what's the next stage? The only thing i'm worried about and will be devasted is if they say they find nothing!

Thanks everyone! xx

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Peppermint tea! I find it really helps with the wind pain afterwards. My best advice is try not to expect anything. Everyone is so different with completely different experiences, good and bad so just prepare yourself to rest really well for at least a week afterwards and deal with what comes if and when it does. I had the mirena fitted after my first lap and it didn't agree with me at all but for everyone is doesn't suit there's plenty who it does so it's very much a wait and see thing.

I just had my second lap a week ago and this time was very different to my first. I think I was less frightened this time so it's not been as difficult. I'm due to have another 2 in the next few months and whilst I'm not looking forward to it, i'm trying to make them more positive experiences by doing things like buying myself nice pj's, smelly candles and saving up box sets to watch.

Good luck, you will be absolutely fine and make sure that you listen to you body and look after yourself x

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oh god you're having so many! i hope they find what they're looking for! thanks for th advice, hadn't even thought about wind pain, how long is that likely to last? xx

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Thank you. They know what they're going in to get this time so that's a bonus lol. Wind pain usually only lasts a few days but some people don't get it all. Another wait and see i'm afraid x

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I took an apple with me. For some reason they always give you dry toast when you come round, which I find hard to eat with a dry mouth.

I'm sure it's a bit different for each of us, but you just need to allow time to rest afterwards. The anaesthetic can take a few days to wear off. I didn't need any other pain relief and found I was ready to go back to work in a week, so it can be straight forward. I know for some women it can be very painful afterwards, but hopefully good to know it's not necessarily going to be like that. We all react differently.

Good luck!

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I've never had dry toast after coming around from GA. Had a small sandwich with a filling three times although might as well been cardboard due to the funny taste it leaves in your mouth 😂

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Eat lots of peppermints to control the gas pain afterwards.

I had a lap on 30th June and no endo was found now I am struggling trying to get referred to an endo specialist.

I hope you don't have this outcome x

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aw god i hate peppermints😂 oh that's terrible! that's what i'm so worried about too! hope you get sorted in the end it's so frustrating! xx

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Good luck today. I had a lap which showed no endo four weeks ago, I've been signed off even since as had a mix of post op recovery symptoms including slight infection and vertigo but must say the surgery itself was a lot less traumatic than I anticipated. I also had a coil fitted a year ago and after a hard first 3 months it has done its job really well for the heaviness side of things just the pain I need sorted now. Will be asking for a referral to specialist centre once got over this dizziness.

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