For most women, your OB/GYN can thoroughly assess your health during your routine gynecological exam. However, if your OB/GYN has concerns, a colposcopy may be recommended, which is a special test that allows your physician to more closely examine your cervix. Women’s Care OB/GYN in Totowa, New Jersey, provides colposcopies right in the office. For expert medical care, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking button.
A colposcopy is a gynecological test that allows your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN to view your vulva, vagina, or cervix more closely using a colposcope, which is a lighted magnifying device. You may feel some nervousness before the exam, but the test itself is considered very safe and minimally invasive.
Your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN may recommend a colposcopy if your Pap smear comes back abnormal, which sometimes indicates cervical cancer. The colposcopy allows your physician to examine your cervix more closely to look for tissue abnormalities.
Other reasons you may need a colposcopy include checking for:
A colposcopy may also be used to look for reasons you’re experiencing pain or abnormal bleeding.
You may need a follow-up colposcopy, especially if you had a procedure or test and your physician wants to double check the results.
Your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN conducts the colposcopy right in the office. You need to schedule your test when you’re not menstruating, and you shouldn’t douche or have vaginal intercourse for 24 hours before the procedure.
During the colposcopy, you lie on the exam table with your feet in stirrups, just like you do at your annual pelvic exam, and a speculum is placed in your vagina for better viewing of your cervix. Your physician then positions the colposcope for a closer view of your cervical tissue.
Your physician may also apply a solution to your cervix to help pinpoint areas of abnormalities. If necessary, a biopsy may be performed during your colposcopy for further tissue testing.
If you didn’t have a biopsy during your colposcopy, you should be able to resume your usual activities without any discomfort following the procedure.
If you had a biopsy, you may experience some pain and spotting for a few days, and you may need to refrain from sexual intercourse, use of tampons, and douching while your tissue heals.
If you need a colposcopy, the health care experts at Women’s Care OB/GYN can perform the procedure in the office. Call today or schedule your appointment using the online booking button.