Colposcopy is an in-office procedure that is performed when certain abnormalities in your pap smear are detected. By staining your cervix and/or vagina with a mild vinegar-like solution and looking at it with a specialized microscope, your doctor can better determine the cause of your abnormal pap smear. If deemed necessary, biopsies will be performed for further diagnosis and to guide your treatment. Your doctor will discuss the procedure in detail prior to it being performed.
Take Ibuprofen 800 mg 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to procedure.
You may have some light bleeding. It is normal to have a brownish discharge for up to two weeks, and you may need to wear a sanitary pad as the discharge may stain your clothes.
If not allergic to Tylenol or Aleve, you may take over the counter pain medicines.
You should not have intercourse for at least 1 week after your procedure.
Do not use tampons, douche, or lift anything heavier than 25 pounds for 1 week.
Call the clinic for bright red vaginal bleeding heavier than a period, temperature greater than 100.4, severe abdominal cramping, or foul smelling vaginal discharge.
You will be called with your test results within 5 – 7 days.