What is a Colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a procedure that allows a physician to examine a woman’s cervix and vagina using a special microscope called a colposcope.

Why do I need one done?

When pap smear results reveal the presence of abnormal cells, this procedure may be required. 

Other reasons:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • High risk HPV
  • Pain or inflamed cervix
  • Benign growths on cervix or vagina

What′s the procedure like?

The procedure steps include a speculum is placed just outside the opening of the vagina. A mild solution is applied to the cervix and vagina with a cotton swab. This liquid makes abnormal areas on the cervix easier to see. During colposcopy, the health care provider may see abnormal areas.

A biopsy of these areas may be done. A sampling of the inner cervical canal may also be done.

Does a Colposcopy mean I have cancer?

Having a Colposcopy procedure doesn’t mean you have cancer. This is performed to examine the abnormal cells for the presence of cancer. Your OB/GYN specialist may order the following exams for further testing:

  • Cystoscopy
  • Proctoscopy
  • Pelvic Examination
  • CT Scan

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