Colposcopy lets a doctor look at your vulva, vagina, and cervix. If the doctor sees a possible problem, he or she can take a small
sample of tissue. Then another doctor studies the tissue under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.
Most women have this procedure after they have abnormal results from a Pap test.
During the test, your doctor puts a lubricated tool into your vagina. This is called a speculum. It gently spreads apart the sides of your vagina. This
allows your doctor to see inside your vagina and the cervix.
The doctor also uses a magnifying device to help him or her see better. This device
does not go inside your vagina.
The doctor may put vinegar or
iodine on your cervix. This can help the doctor to see any areas that are not normal. Sometimes the doctor also takes photos or videos.
When the speculum goes in, it can feel a little uncomfortable. If the doctor does a biopsy, you may feel a pinch and have
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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