Women are strongly advised to have regular pap smears, or pap tests, performed during pelvic examinations. Most women will benefit from having this diagnostic test done every three years, or more in patients with a higher risk of cervical cancer. When the pap smear is performed, it is done to check for cancerous cells in or around the cervix. If a pap smear comes back with abnormal results, more diagnostic procedures may be recommended. In most instances, Bradenton, Florida area patients who visit Premier OB/GYN will have a procedure known as a colposcopy performed.
What is a colposcopy?
The colposcopy procedure is done when patients have received an abnormal result from their most recent pap smear. It is a procedure that uses a device known as a colposcope. This special microscope allows the doctor to view inside of the cervix to look for signs of cancer or other abnormalities that may have resulted in an abnormal pap smear result. It is a follow-up that is important to undergo if there are concerns that cancer may be present.
When is a colposcopy safely performed?
Patients should aim to have their colposcopy performed when they are not on their menstrual cycle, or actively bleeding, as this can make it difficult to provide a thorough evaluation. Additionally, women should not be pregnant. If there is a concern that a patient is pregnant, testing will be done before the colposcopy is performed by the team at Premier OB/GYN.
How do I prepare for my colposcopy appointment?
Within 24 hours of having a colposcopy performed, women should avoid:
- Sexual intercourse
- Vaginal medications (such as yeast infection creams)
Many women will want to take pain medication before their appointment in the event of any discomfort. Over-the-counter medications such as Advil or Motrin are appropriate.
Call Premier OB/GYN of Bradenton, Florida today
Women ready to learn more about the colposcopy will want to speak to a provider about their specific concerns. If you are interested in working with our team, call (941) 745-5115 to request a consultation visit at 5323 4th Avenue. The office is here to help new and returning patients in the community.