One of the most common reasons for colposcopy is when a Pap test indicates abnormalities in your cervix or vagina. The experienced team of obstetricians and gynecologists at Mott Women Healthcare in New York City perform colposcopies to examine your cervical and vaginal tissue more closely. If you have an irregular Pap test or your doctor needs to diagnose a condition, you might need a colposcopy so they can conduct a biopsy. Call the office to schedule or use the online booking tool.
A colposcopy allows your gynecologist to look at your cervix through a magnification device called a colposcope. This instrument shines light into your vagina and cervix and enlarges the view so your provider can inspect the tissue for abnormalities. A colposcopy is like looking into your cervix and vaginal tissue with a magnifying glass so everything appears clearer.
Your doctor could recommend a colposcopy if other cervical screenings, such as Pap tests, indicate abnormal cells. A colposcopy can help your doctor diagnose:
A colposcopy can also provide clues as to why you’re experiencing pelvic pain or irregular bleeding. Or, your physician could use a colposcopy to examine the results of a particular treatment. Additionally, they can take a small tissue sample from inside your cervix for a biopsy so the tissue can be further evaluated for cancerous activity.
A colposcopy is a test that your gynecologist performs in the office. It typically takes 10-20 minutes. As with a usual pelvic exam, you lie on your back on the exam table with your feet on footrests. Your doctor first inserts a speculum to open up the vagina so the cervix is more visible.
Your physician positions the colposcope outside of your body so the light can shine on your cervix. They examine your vaginal walls and cervix through the magnifying lens. Your doctor might apply a solution to the area being examined to make it easier to see suspicious or abnormal cells.
The solution could sting or burn, but it’s over fairly quickly. If a biopsy is necessary, your doctor takes a tissue sample from the area in question. After the procedure, you might have some pain or light bleeding that lasts a couple of days.
If you need a colposcopy due to an abnormal Pap test or other reproductive-health concerns, the team at Mott Women Healthcare is caring and compassionate. They explain what you can expect at your appointment and when you’ll know the results of the exam and biopsies.
For patient-centered care and state-of-the-art technology, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool.