Being told you need a colposcopy due to abnormal findings from a pelvic exam or Pap smear may cause you to feel some anxiety. But the colposcopy is a quick exam the all-female team at Contemporary Women’s Care conducts at the office to gather valuable information about your gynecological health. Call the Winter Park or Lake Nona, Florida, office today to schedule an appointment with the OB/GYN experts for high-quality gynecological care, or request an appointment online.
A colposcopy is a procedure that allows your provider at Contemporary Women’s Care to look closely at your cervix through a special magnifying device that shines a light into the vagina and onto the cervix. This allows your specialist to check for signs of disease or find problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
During your procedure, you lie on the exam table and a speculum is inserted into your vagina to open it to separate the vaginal walls. Your provider applies a mild vinegar-like solution to your cervical tissue that helps make abnormal cells easier to find.
Next, your doctor looks at your cervix through a colposcope — an instrument that looks like binoculars on a stand with a bright light. The colposcope doesn’t touch you or go inside. If your provider sees something that doesn’t look normal, a biopsy is done.
The entire procedure, including the biopsy, takes only about 5-10 minutes.
Your colposcopy is almost pain-free. You may feel some pressure when the speculum is inserted, and it might also sting a little when your cervix is washed with the vinegar-like solution.
If you need a biopsy, you might feel some discomfort like a sharp pinch. You may also have a little spotting, bleeding, or dark discharge from your vagina for a few days after a biopsy.
You don’t need to do any special preparation before your colposcopy. However, you can make things easier by scheduling your colposcopy when you don’t have your period, which makes it easier for your provider at Contemporary Women’s Care to see your cervix.
Also, don’t douche, use tampons, put medicine in your vagina, or have vaginal sex for at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Most women don’t have any problems after a colposcopy or biopsy. If the results show any problems, your doctor may suggest more tests or treatment.
Your vagina may feel a little sore for a couple of days. If you had a biopsy, you may also have spotting or dark-colored vaginal discharge.
You can shower or bathe as soon as you want. If you had a biopsy, it’s recommended that you wait about three days to let your cervix heal before having vaginal sex.
A colposcopy is a quick procedure that provides your doctor at Contemporary Women’s Care with valuable information about the health of your cervix. To schedule an appointment with the experienced team, call the office today or request an appointment online.