When you have an abnormal Pap smear, you may need a colposcopy to more closely examine your cervical tissue. Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, in Hicksville, New York, is a modern women’s health practice with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and equipment. Anu Kothari, MD, FACOG, and the team perform the colposcopy procedure in a safe and comfortable setting. To schedule an appointment with the patient-centered team, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the team at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, to closely examine your cervical tissue.
During the procedure, your OB/GYN uses a colposcope, which is a lighted magnifying device, to examine your vaginal and cervical tissue to look for abnormalities.
The Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, team may recommend you have a colposcopy if the results of your cervical cancer screening come back positive, which may include your Pap smear or human papillomavirus (HPV) test.
The Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer that looks for abnormalities in your cervical cells, while the HPV test looks for strains of the virus that might increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.
The team may also perform a colposcopy to look for other gynecological problems such as:
The women’s health experts may also perform a colposcopy to reevaluate your cervix following treatment for a cervical condition.
Colposcopy is an in-office procedure. The team provides specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure to get the best results and schedules the test during a week you’re not menstruating.
Similar to your pelvic exam, during your colposcopy, you lie on the exam table with your knees bent and legs spread. Your provider inserts a speculum in your vagina to improve the visibility of your cervix and places the colposcope outside the vagina.
Your provider applies a special solution to your cervical tissue, which highlights areas of abnormal tissue. Your provider may perform a cervical biopsy of abnormal tissue and send it to a lab for testing.
If there was no cervical biopsy during your colposcopy, you should be able to resume your usual activities immediately following the procedure. However, you may have spotting for a few days.
If you had a biopsy, you should expect some pain, spotting, and dark-colored discharge over the next several days.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that provides valuable information about your cervical health. For personalized care from an experienced team, call Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, or book an appointment online today.