The purpose of a Colposcopy is to examine the cervix for indications of cervical cancer. If your pap test returned abnormal results a board-certified OBGYN at Associated Women’s Healthcare may recommend conducting a colposcopy. All of our gynecologists have extensive experience conducting safe and accurate colposcopies and will walk you through each step of the process, from preparation to analyzing your results. Contact Associated Women’s Healthcare today to schedule an appointment in Plano, TX. Give our office a call at 972.612.8829.
What is the Gynecologist Looking For During a Colposcopy?
The gynecologist will use an imaging device, called a colposcope, to look for irregular cervical tissue. A cervix with potentially cancerous tissue may have white patches, warts, polyps, or swelling. In these instances, a sample will be taken and tested.
A healthy cervix will appear pink and smooth. If everything looks normal, additional tests may be needed to determine the cause of the irregular pap results.
Preparing for a Colposcopy
There is little preparation needed for a Colposcopy. However, before having this test performed, it is highly recommended that you:
- Abstain from sex 24 to 48 hours before the procedure.
- Do not insert any products, such as tampons, into your vagina.
- Ensure the procedure date does not fall during your period.
Do Colposcopies Hurt?
Some discomfort may be felt when a mild solution is used to clean and dry the cervix, but the Colposcopy should not hurt since the colposcope does not touch you. If a sample is needed, you may feel a slight pinching feeling as tissue is collected.
What Happens After a Colposcopy?
For those who did not have a sample taken:
- No restrictions will be placed on your activity.
- Light bleeding or spotting may occur for a day or two.
For those who did have a sample taken:
- Avoid intercourse or using tampons for at least a week.
- Vaginal pain or discomfort may last a few days.
- Light bleeding may be present for a few days.
- You may notice dark vaginal discharge immediately following the Colposcopy.
Schedule a Colposcopy in Plano, TX
For more information about colposcopies, or to schedule an appointment with one of our four female gynecologists, contact Associated Women’s Healthcare at (972) 612-8829 today! Our gynecologists have extensive experience performing safe and effective colposcopies and are all board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We look forward to welcoming you to our family.