What is a colposcopy?

It is a special procedure using magnification to look closer at your cervix and vaginal/ vulvar area. A biopsy (small piece of tissue) may be taken during this procedure. This procedure is done when you have an abnormal pap smear.

Special instructions.
You should not be on your period or have sex prior to the procedure. Please take three to four (600-800mg) Advil/ Ibuprofen one hour prior to exam. Expect to be in the office for an hour, allowing time for the procedure and talking to your physician.

After the procedure, you may experience a slightly bloody and or brown-yellowish discharge that may last a few days, due to the biopsy and the solution used to help stop bleeding due to the biopsies. You should refrain from sexual activity for two weeks after the procedure or until you see your physician again.

Call the office if you’re bleeding enough to require more than one tampon or pad an hour, if you have fever of 100.4, if you experience an unusual amount of pain or if you notice an odor.


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