Understanding the colposcopy

Check up your female health. Women who have had a pap smear come back with unusual results, or who have symptoms that may warrant an evaluation of the cervix, vagina, and vulva may be told by their doctor that they may benefit from a colposcopy. At Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, FL, we welcome women who may need further evaluation of the reproductive to take the time to ask our team about this procedure and what to expect.

What is a colposcopy?

Our providers at Premier OB/GYN describe a colposcopy as a diagnostic procedure used to examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease or abnormal growths. The procedure is performed using a special magnifying instrument called a colposcope which is inserted inside of the vagina. During a colposcopy, our doctors will carefully examine the tissues of the cervix, vagina, and vulva for any abnormalities. If any suspicious areas are found, the doctor may take a biopsy (removal of a small tissue sample) for further testing and evaluation.

When might I need a colposcopy performed?

Colposcopies are often performed as follow-up to an abnormal Pap smear test result. In some cases, a colposcopy may be performed even if a Pap smear is normal, if there are other symptoms or risk factors present that may require further evaluation. The doctors at Premier OB/GYN may recommend a colposcopy if other screenings and tests have come back as inconclusive.

Is the colposcopy painful?

The colposcopy procedure is generally safe and well-tolerated. There may be some mild discomfort during the exam, but serious complications are rare. The doctor performing the procedure will walk patients through the steps so they are prepared for the evaluation and are more at ease before and during the process.

Call Premier OB/GYN today

If you are scheduled for a colposcopy, it is important to understand the purpose of the exam and what to expect. This will help you to be prepared and feel more at ease during the procedure.  Call our doctors at Premier OB/GYN if you need to schedule an evaluation or to find out if a colposcopy would be advantageous in diagnosing certain conditions. Call 941-745-5115 to request a visit with our team in Bradenton, FL.

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