A colposcopy is a common medical procedure that allows your physician to identify abnormal changes in your cervix or uterus. With locations in Rockwell and North Dallas, Texas, the qualified team of physicians at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas ensure the colposcopy procedure is fast, painless, and effective. To make an appointment today, call or book online using the easy scheduling tool.
A colposcopy is a women’s health procedure that allows your physician to see the tissue of your cervix to identify signs of disease or abnormal cells. The exam is done with a tool called a colposcope, which shines a bright light on the cervix and allows for a magnified view.
Your physician may recommend a colposcopy if you have an abnormal Pap smear. They use it to detect whether or not you have cervical cancer, or to determine if there's another reason for your abnormal Pap test.
In other cases, a colposcopy can help your physician to diagnose problems like:
Many women experience anxiety before a colposcopy procedure, but it’s an easy and painless exam.
During the procedure, you lie on your back with your feet in stirrups or straps (similar to the process of a Pap test or pelvic exam).
Your physician inserts a metal speculum into your vagina to open up the vaginal walls and provide a clear view of your cervix. The doctor will then position the colposcope close to your vulva, which shines a bright light directly onto your cervix. They get a close-up view of your vaginal and cervical tissue by looking through a lens.
To test for abnormal cells, your physician might apply a solution to your cervix or collect a sample of tissue to send away for a biopsy.
If your physician takes a sample of tissue for a biopsy, you might feel some tenderness or cramping a few days after the procedure. However, most women can return to their normal activities quickly.
You may notice some light spotting or bleeding after a colposcopy, but this is normal. Your physician might advise you to avoid using tampons or having vaginal intercourse for several days to a week after your procedure.
If your doctor sends away tissue for a biopsy, you’ll meet to discuss the results at a separate appointment or over the phone.