Colposcopy Q & A
What is a colposcopy?
In a colposcopy, your OB/GYN examines your cervix via a specialized magnifying tool, the colposcope. Because the view is so highly magnified, your doctor can see details that wouldn’t be visible with an ordinary examination.
When do I need a colposcopy?
Your Unified Premier Women’s Care OB/GYN performs a colposcopy if your Pap smear results show abnormal cell growth in your cervix, as the colposcopy allows closer examination of those cells. A colposcopy can also aid in the diagnosis of other conditions or issues, including:
- Genital warts
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Polyps in the cervix
- Unexplained pelvic pain
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
In some cases, your doctor may recommend a second colposcopy in several months to monitor changes.
How does a colposcopy work?
Your doctor performs the colposcopy on-site at Unified Premier Women’s Care. While you lay down with your feet in the foot rests, your doctor gently inserts a device called a speculum inside your vagina to hold it open. This allows your doctor to see the cervix clearly.
Next, your doctor does a quick swab of your cervix with a special solution that makes abnormal cells more visible. If your doctor sees abnormal cells, they may also take a very small sample from your cervix to biopsy. After that, you’re done and can go home after you’ve spoken to your doctor.
What can I expect after my colposcopy?
Your doctor will advise you of any specific restrictions after a colposcopy, but in general, you can resume your routine as normal. You may notice some mild spotting for a few days after your colposcopy.
If you had a biopsy, you may experience some cramping and period-like bleeding for up to a week. Over-the-counter medication is usually sufficient to control the pain. Most women go to work the day after their colposcopy. You’ll get results via phone soon, and you may need to schedule another appointment at that time.
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