If your cervical cancer screening is abnormal, your OB/GYN may do a procedure called colposcopy to examine the abnormal growth in more detail. At Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the skilled and compassionate team of female OB/GYNs supports you through testing, procedures, and any treatments you may need. Use the online scheduler or call to book an appointment now.
In a colposcopy, your OB/GYN at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology uses a colposcope, a specialized tool that lights and magnifies, to examine your cervix for signs of abnormal cell growth.
Thanks to the high magnification, your OB/GYN can see many details that can't be seen with the naked eye. Your OB/GYN may also perform a biopsy during your colposcopy, which consists of removing a small amount of tissue from your cervix or vagina for laboratory testing.
A colposcopy usually takes only around 10-20 minutes. Your OB/GYN performs colposcopy on-site at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The most common reason for colposcopy is abnormal Pap smear results. By performing a colposcopy, your OB/GYN can see the abnormal cells in more detail and determine more about them.
Your OB/GYN may also do a colposcopy to examine growths like genital warts or polyps, to determine the cause of chronic cervix inflammation, or to look for the cause of heavy bleeding.
You may need a repeat colposcopy, so your OB/GYN can examine your cervix both before and after a treatment.
You'll typically schedule the procedure when you're not menstruating. Your OB/GYN gives you specific prep instructions ahead of your colposcopy.
Guidelines generally include avoiding anything in your vagina, including tampons, medications, or douches, for a minimum of one full day in advance. You should refrain from sex for at least 24 hours ahead of your colposcopy. Your OB/GYN may recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever shortly before your appointment to minimize discomfort.
In a standard colposcopy, there's no downtime at all. You may experience light bleeding, similar to between-period spotting, for a day or two.
If you have a colposcopy with biopsy, you may experience pain and bleeding for one to two days, so you may need a day or so of recovery time.
The skilled OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offer the best in wellness care, testing, treatments, and procedures. Book your appointment online or by phone today.