When you receive a phone call from your gynecologist telling you that your Pap smear results show abnormal cells, it might just be one of the most frightening calls you’ve ever received. It’s important to understand that not all abnormal cells are cancerous; it may mean you have genital warts (Human papilloma virus, or HPV), cervical dsysplasia (a precancerous tissue change) or even a vaginal infection. Because the Pap smear is a screening tool, not a diagnostic tool, it may indicate the need for further investigation. Colposcopy using a colposcope is performed by our doctor for patients in our region.
What is a Colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a visual examination of your vagina, cervix and vaginal opening performed with the use of a colposcope. It helps our doctor identify the source of the abnormal growth that can’t be seen by the normal eye. Our doctor may take samples of the tissues for further examination and analysis.
How is a Colposcopy performed?
Our doctor performs a Colposcopy in our office. It usually takes 10 – 15 minutes. Our doctor swabs the area to be examined with acetic acid so light will not pass through the cervical cells to be examined. During the procedure some women may feel a slight discomfort and after the procedure some experience cramping or slight bleeding.