The Colposcopy procedure is used to examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva to check for signs of disease. Your doctor will use an instrument called a colposcope to perform the procedure. Colposcopies are generally recommended if you have had an abnormal result with your pap test.
If your doctor finds any abnormal areas during your procedure a cervical biopsy, or collection of a piece of tissue, will be performed. Once the biopsy results are received, we’ll discuss with you any areas of concern.
We know that you may be experiencing anxiety before your colposcopy, and our goal is to be your trusted health care partner. Call your doctor if you have any concerns, and we’ll walk you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have.
Why is a colposcopy performed?
A colposcopy is performed if you have received an abnormal result on a pap test or if your doctor notices an abnormal area during a pelvic exam.
Colposcopies are used to diagnose several potential issues, including:
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Genital warts
- Precancerous tissue changes in the cervix, vagina, and vulva
- Cervical cancer
What to Expect During Your Colposcopy
A colposcopy is a simple procedure usually performed in your doctor’s office. It usually only takes around 10-20 minutes. You’ll lay on the exam table with your feet in supports just like you do during your pap test or pelvic exam.
During the procedure, your doctor will place a speculum into your vagina and uses a colposcope to take a closer look at any trouble areas. A special swab will clear away any vaginal discharge, and a solution will be used to pinpoint any suspicious cell areas.
Once the exam is completed, you’ll be on your way! If your doctor didn’t need to take a biopsy, you can go back to your normal routine. You may experience some very light bleeding or spotting for a day or two.
If a biopsy is taken, you may experience mild cramps, light bleeding, or a dark discharge. It’s recommended that you avoid douche, using tampons, or engaging in vaginal intercourse for a week or so after the procedure.
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