What is a Colposcopy?A colposcopy is a procedure that allows a physician to examine a woman’s cervix and vagina using a special microscope called a colposcope.
Why do I need one done?When pap smear results reveal the presence of abnormal cells, this procedure may be required. Other reasons:
- Abnormal bleeding
- High risk HPV
- Pain or inflamed cervix
- Benign growths on cervix or vagina
What′s the procedure like?The procedure steps include a speculum is placed just outside the opening of the vagina. A mild solution is applied to the cervix and vagina with a cotton swab. This liquid makes abnormal areas on the cervix easier to see. During colposcopy, the health care provider may see abnormal areas. A biopsy of these areas may be done. A sampling of the inner cervical canal may also be done.
Does a Colposcopy mean I have cancer?Having a Colposcopy procedure doesn’t mean you have cancer. This is performed to examine the abnormal cells for the presence of cancer. Your OB/GYN specialist may order the following exams for further testing:
- Pelvic Examination
- CT Scan