Understanding the colposcopy

istock 1128184970 1 Women who have had an abnormal pap smear result should not worry. There are many reasons why this diagnostic testing tool may come back with unusual results. Hormonal fluctuations and yeast infections can cause an abnormal pap smear result. However, any unusual results may require further evaluation by a medical professional. At Premier OB/GYN in Bradentown, Florida, our physicians might recommend that patients undergo a colposcopy to evaluate the problem further and get a definitive diagnosis regarding the abnormal pap smear result.

What is a colposcopy?

The colposcopy is a procedure that is done to evaluation the cervix and uterus using a scoped camera called a colposcope. This is often done after a pap smear has come back with an abnormal result, or patients require a further evaluation to look into a reproductive health concern.

What is done during the colposcopy?

During the colposcopy, the doctor will utilize the colposcope to examine the cervical tissue to look for irregularities or potentially cancerous tissues. These might include areas where warts, polyps, swelling, or white patches are present. During the colposcopy, the doctor might take a sample of these tissues, called a biopsy, and send them out for further testing. If the doctor is evaluating the cervix and finds all healthy, normal, pink tissue, other diagnostic tools may be used to determine the cause of an abnormal pap smear result.

How do I prepare for a colposcopy?

There are not many preparatory steps required for patients undergoing a colposcopy. In most cases, the doctor will recommend:

  • Abstaining from sex 48 hours prior to the procedure
  • Avoiding products such as tampons in the vagina
  • Ensuring the procedure is not schedule during your period

What can I expect after the colposcopy?

  • Light bleeding or spotting for a day or two following the procedure
  • Dark vaginal discharge following the appointment
  • Vaginal pain and discomfort for a few days

Are you in need of a colposcopy?

If your doctor has recommended a colposcopy, it is encouraged that you call Premier OB/GYN to schedule your appointment. Bradentown, FL area patients can call the office at (941) 745-5115 and visit the practice at 5323 4th Avenue to undergo this diagnostic testing with our experienced staff.

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