If you have received an abnormal pap smear result, this isn’t a need for immediate worry. Tests may come back abnormal for a wide range of reasons, but with proper evaluation, women can rest easy knowing that they are being proactive in maintaining their reproductive health. At Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, FL, women who have an abnormal result will need to work with a provider to further examine the cervix to determine the source of the issue. In many cases, a doctor will perform a colposcopy.
What is a colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a diagnostic tool used to look for issues within the cervix. A special imaging device called a colposcope is inserted into the vagina and used to examine the cervix. During this time, the doctor will be looking for signs of cancer or other problems within the cervix. Many of the issues that can be spotted during a colposcopy include:
- Swelling/inflammation of the cervix
- Polyps or uterine fibroids
- White patches
- Potentially cancerous tissues
If the doctor evaluates a patient with an abnormal pap smear and does not spot any problems within the cervix, additional testing may be done to determine the cause of the unusual results.
How to prepare for a colposcopy?
Women who are told they could benefit from a colposcopy may be unsure as to what to expect and how to prepare. The doctor will advise women to abstain from sexual intercourse for two days before their procedure, and to avoid the use of products inserted int eh vagina, including tampons. Colposcopies are also better performed when they are scheduled outside of a woman’s period which can make examination difficult or provide incorrect results. Women should expect mild discomfort, but this is often well-tolerated and resolves on its own after the procedure is completed.
Schedule your appointment today
If you feel you would benefit from a colposcopy or are seeking an OB/GYN professional to help you with your reproductive health concerns, now is the time to work with Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, FL. Our providers are conveniently located at our office at 5323 4th Avenue and can be reached for an appointment by calling (941) 745-5115.