Biopsy done, now another long wait

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I had a biopsy last night, I'm sore of course but not too bad. I wasn't given any aftercare sheet or info on what to do if bleeding persists or how long it is likely to bleed. It does bleed a lot when I urinate then it settles down. It was on the side and only a small area.

How do I ensure no infection occurs and how long will it be before bleeding stops? Any advice welcomed on how to proceed, many thanks. I have to wait 6 weeks for the result, I'm amazed it takes so long.

I rang the hospital but there is no printed sheet available, apparently.

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    Hey Sarah, are you already showing symptoms severe of LS?

    I've had 2 biopsies

    I have hardly any symptoms at the moment, only a little itch at the moment

    I'm 22

    The first was nothing, didn't need stitches there was a dot of blood and that was it, I could have sex a few days later

    The second biopsy was a bit bigger and needed stitches, and I waited a week to have sex

    But there shouldn't be any need to take care of the wound, it's small enough to heal itself, which is why you wouldn't have received any info sheet

    just make sure to keep it clean and dry, refrain from touching it, wear clean underwear and wear a pad if you want.

    smile hope this helps

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    Hi Sarah , l had a biopsy done ,l was given a anesthestic in a syringe to put on to kill the pain , there was enough for about 3 applications which got me over the worst my gynocoligist told me to just put a tiny bit of vaseline on aftet a day or two , the skin does need to heal and too much vaseline would prevent healing .Just wash in water for a few days then you could wash with aqueous cream very gently .She did give me one peice of advice that was good and that was to just sit down normally dont think about it too much dont hover ! If the brain thinks its going to hurt it will ! Things do improve quickly its surprising just how fast that part of the body heals. Then just keep putting the vaseline on until you get your results l did this and it worked for me . Good luck x
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      I don't understand,

      Was your biopsy just a tiny little incision?

      I felt a tiny pinch for a few days or so but I didn't need to take care of it. It was tiny. No pain

      Was yours worse than this?

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    Thank you Kat and Winifred.

    It is not clear that it will be LS, no. The specialist saw a small white patch and decided to biopsy just to be on the safe side. Main symptom is burning sensation all over especially after being touched. He said it might just be inflammation but he doesn't know till we get the results.

    The site where he did the procedure is painful yes. Doesn't hurt when I urinate though but it does bleed. Then settles down.

    The biopsy was a tiny incision, not a big area taken.

    I am reluctant to wash it today but hope I can clean it a bit tomorrow. I am afraid at the moment of disturbing it more and making it bleed more.

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      Yeah after you urinate just dab it dry, and with showers probably best not to use soap for a while,

      I had the same symptoms last year my doc found a white patch, I've been to so many gynaecologists and dermatologists it's not funny. They couldn't figure out if it was LS because of my age but finally unfortunately worked out it was.

      How old are you if you don't mind me asking?

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    Hi Sarah I had yet another biopsy done Friday in two places but she put a stitch in mine bit of bleeding for a day but then stopped. Just keep it clean and dry as much as possible should heal ok. I wasn't given any aftercare either. 6 weeks does seem a very long time usually more like 2. You may not even here unless there's a problem I was told. Good luck. 

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      Thanks Joyce. I wonder if it was because in an NHS patient going to see a specialist at a private hospital. I am convinced there is probably a lower rate of service if you're not fee paying! My local hospital didn't have any appointments available so I had no choice.

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