Colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to closely examine the tissue in your cervix. We may recommend colposcopy if you recently received abnormal Pap test results. This exam can help us collect important information about your gynecological health.
What is colposcopy?
Colposcopy allows your doctor to examine the cervix with a lighted instrument called a colposcope. This device magnifies the surface of your cervix, which allows Dr. Rose to find abnormalities that cannot be detected during a visual exam. If abnormal tissue is present, we may collect tissue samples and send them to a lab for analysis.
Why is colposcopy done?
We may recommend a colposcopy if you have an abnormal Pap smear. Colposcopy can be used to assess a variety of gynecological disorders such as cervical inflammation, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, and polyps. A colposcopic examination may also be used to evaluate the outcome of a previous treatment.
How is the procedure performed?
Colposcopy is an in-office procedure that does not require anesthesia. A colposcopy test is very similar to a routine pelvic exam. You will lie on your back with your feet placed in elevated rests for support. During the exam, Dr. Rose will insert a speculum to hold the vaginal walls open. This step ensures a clear view of the cervix.
The colposcope is positioned outside your body near the opening of your vagina. The light and magnification allows Dr. Rose to locate abnormal areas. If abnormal tissue is present, we may collect tissue samples. The collection procedure may cause mild discomfort. You will feel a slight pinch as the tissue is removed. After the procedure, the tissue samples are sent to a pathologist who examines the samples to look for any abnormalities.
What happens after the procedure?
If we do not collect tissue samples during your colposcopy, you will feel fine almost immediately. You can return home after the exam and resume your normal activities. As with a regular pelvic exam, you may see light spotting for one to two days.
If we do collect tissue samples during the exam, you may experience some soreness and light bleeding. Our staff will provide specific care instructions after the exam. Call our office right away if you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, fever, or chills. If you need to schedule a colposcopy exam, call our office at 513-321-7673 or request an appointment online.