Turn to Rock Hill GYN & OB for annual visits as well as diagnosis and treatment for conditions associated with your reproductive health. One of the diagnostic procedures we offer in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC, is called a colposcopy. Learn more about it here and contact us to schedule an appointment so you can keep your health on track.
What is a Colposcopy?
This is a diagnostic procedure used to closely examine the vulva, vagina, and cervix. It is most often recommended as a way to diagnose abnormal findings from a pap smear. A colposcopy is simple and painless and can be performed in an office setting. It typically only takes about 10 to 20 minutes and it may or may not include a biopsy. A colposcopy is used to:
- Diagnose genital warts
- Explore the cause of cervix inflammation
- Diagnose precancerous changes in the vagina, vulva, and/or cervix
- Follow up after tests are positive for HPV
- Discover the cause for unexplained bleeding or other cervical problems
What to Expect During a Colposcopy
When you have a colposcopy, you will assume the same position as you would for a pap smear: lie on your back with your knees in the air and your feet in support stirrups. From there, your doctor or nurse practitioner will insert a speculum to keep the walls of your vagina open. A special instrument called a colposcope is inserted which serves to magnify the area and provide a closer look.
A Colposcopy with a Biopsy
If any suspicious areas are found, a biopsy will be taken to collect samples of that tissue so they can be observed under a microscope. If you do not require a biopsy, you can go about your day as normal after the colposcopy is over. If you do require a biopsy, you may experience some discomfort in the vagina, light bleeding, an/or discharge. Use a pad but avoid tampons and you should also abstain from sexual intercourse for a week or so.
After your results have been evaluated, we will schedule a follow-up appointment, if necessary, to determine the next steps.
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