What is the purpose of a colposcopy?
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
At Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, FL, we ensure patients have access to the solutions they need for their reproductive health. Our doctors provide a selection of services that can help in diagnosing, maintaining, and treating a variety of concerns in obstetrics and gynecology. In some cases, women may be told that they can benefit from a colposcopy.
What is a colposcopy?
Our doctors describe a colposcopy as a procedure that is performed to provide an illuminated and magnified view of the uterine cervix, vaginal walls, and the vulva. In most cases, this procedure is done to further evaluate a patient if they have had an abnormal Pap smear result or if previous evaluations have noticed abnormalities in the cervix. A colposcopy can check for cervical cancer as it can help in detecting changes or concerns in the cervix.
Who needs a colposcopy?
The colposcope can be extremely beneficial when women have concerns about cervical cancer. This device is used to perform a colposcopy. During this treatment, a sample of the cervical tissues may be removed to evaluate further for cancerous cells in a laboratory by an experience pathologist. Women should not worry if they are having a colposcopy, as this diagnostic procedure may provide answers to abnormalities patients have been experiencing. The doctor will advise a patient if this procedure may need to be performed.
How do I prepare for a colposcopy?
If a doctor believes that a colposcopy should be performed, they will advise women to prepare accordingly. Many women will ask their doctor what the test is completed for an what they can expect. Women should also advise their doctor if they believe they are pregnant. The colposcopy is best performed at a time when a woman is not menstruating, though some light bleeding during the beginning or end of a period will not impact the test. Women should avoid sexual intercourse, the use of tampons, and douching for 48 hours prior to having this procedure performed. Prior to testing, empty the bladder and bowels, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for comfort.
Request an appointment at Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, FL
Call the practice today to schedule a consultation and determine if you require further evaluation with our team. We welcome new patients into our facility, conveniently located at 5323 4th Avenue. Call (941) 745-5115 to book a visit.
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