A colposcopy is a simple technique in which a bright light and a microscope are used in order to examine an area of abnormality (such as your cervix). It is commonly used after an abnormal pap smear to determine where on your cervix the abnormality is. At this point, your doctor usually samples a tiny piece from the area so that this abnormality can be more thoroughly examined under the microscope. These biopsies are usually painless, but occasionally you may feel mild cramps. With the information gained from this procedure, your doctor will be better able to determine if further therapy is required, and if so, what the best method for that therapy would be.
The simple procedure of colposcopy carries with it very few, if any, risks. The most common may be excessive vaginal bleeding. This usually occurs within seven days. After the procedure, it is best to avoid intercourse, tampons and douches for two (2) weeks. Otherwise, there are no restrictions to your activity.
We recommend, if no contraindications, to take Ibuprofen 400 mg a half-hour before your scheduled appointment.
Please be able to give a urine specimen when you arrive at your appointment.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at (314) 432- 3669.