Understanding the colposcopy

istock 843133986 300x199 1 Pap smears are a specialized test that is used to look for abnormalities or early signs of cancer in the cervix. While most come back with no concern, there are times when the Pap test results are abnormal. An abnormal result on a Pap test may cause a patient anxiety, but with the team at Premier OB/GYN, we can help walk patients through the process so they feel more comfortable and at ease for the next step—a colposcopy. With a colposcopy, the doctor at Premier OB/GYN can take a biopsy which allows for an accurate diagnosis. With care and compassion, our team can help women through this journey.

What is a colposcopy?

The colposcopy is best described as a procedure used to evaluate the cervix and the vagina. Using a medical device known as a “colposcope,” the doctor can illuminate and magnify the area to help in identifying changes or abnormalities which may indicate problems such as genetical warts, inflammation, or precancerous changes of the vagina, vulva, or cervix.

How is a colposcopy performed?

The colposcopy is a simple procedure that is performed just like a routine pelvic examination. The doctor will use a speculum that will open the vaginal area and allow him or her to examine the cervix. The colposcope is then positioned in a way near the vaginal opening to allow for a clear view. An acetic acid wash is then applied to the cervix and biopsies may be taken if there are areas of concern. The entire process will typically take about 10-15 minutes and is not painful for the patient.

What happens after the colposcopy?

If any abnormalities have been spotted during the colposcopy, the doctor will educate the patient on his or her findings. If a biopsy was taken, it will be sent to a laboratory for further testing to determine if cancerous cells are present. If so, the doctor works alongside the patient to help them determine how they would like to proceed with cancer treatments.

Learn more about colposcopy

If you are in need of a colposcopy, it is vital that you educate yourself on what to expect. The doctors at Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, Florida can assist new and current patients with their reproductive health needs. Call the office at (941) 745-5115 to schedule an appointment at the practice, conveniently located at 5323 4th Avenue.

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