What is a colposcopy procedure?
Colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device called a colposcope. It shines a light into the vagina and onto the cervix. A colposcope can greatly enlarge the normal view. This exam allows the health care provider to find problems that cannot be seen by the eye alone.
Why is colposcopy done?
Colposcopy is done when results of cervical cancer screening tests show abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Colposcopy provides more information about the abnormal cells.
A colposcopy can help your doctor diagnose the following:
- Cervical cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Precancerous changes of the cervix, vulva, or vagina
- Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix)
- Genital warts
Preparation for Your Colposcopy
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (Panadol, Voltaren or Profen) about 30 minutes prior to your procedure.
- Preferably schedule your procedure between cycle day 5-7 of your menustral calendar.
- Avoid sex for 48 hours prior to procedure
- Avoid Tampons prior and after the procedure
- Bring along an iPad/Laptop or music device to ease anxiety while we prepare the equipment for procedure
Risks of Colposcopy
- Usually very safe and rarely with any complications while done with experienced physician, some specific risks may be:
- Pelvic pain
- Post Procedure expectations:
- Abnormal discharge
- Avoid Tampons, intercourse and swimming for ten days and contact your physician with any concerns or excessive bleeding.