An abnormal Pap smear or signs of reproductive disease need further investigation. A colposcopy gives the female-led team of board-certified doctors at Antheia Gynecology in East Windsor and Freehold, New Jersey, a better look at your cervix and other reproductive organs to check for signs of suspicious cells. If you need a Pap smear, colposcopy, or further evaluation of your reproductive health, call the office or book an appointment online.
A colposcopy is a screening test the OB/GYNs at Antheia Gynecology perform to magnify the image of your reproductive area.
During the test, your doctor uses a special instrument called a colposcope to see if you have suspicious cells that may turn cancerous.
Your OB/GYN may recommend you undergo a colposcopy if you have abnormal Pap smear results or suspicious tissue identified during a pelvic exam. Examples of reasons why they order a colposcopy include:
If your doctor sees suspicious cells during a colposcopy, they may take a sample, or biopsy, as well. A biopsy can confirm whether these cells pose a danger and inform treatment to prevent them from becoming cancerous.
The procedure is outpatient and takes place at the offices of Antheia Gynecology. You don’t need any anesthesia or numbing cream. You position yourself on an exam table, just as you do for a pelvic exam, and your doctor places a speculum into your vagina to hold the walls open.
Your doctor swabs away any visible mucus and may apply a vinegar solution to your cervix and vagina to highlight any irregular cells.
The magnifying tool – or colposcope – sits a few inches away from your vulva as a bright light shines into your vagina. Your doctor looks through the colposcope to view your tissue.
The procedure is not painful but can cause some tingling when the vinegar solution is applied. The entire process lasts just 15-20 minutes.
A colposcopy doesn’t require any downtime; you can go back to all your regular activities right after leaving the office. If you did have a biopsy as part of the procedure, your doctor may ask you to restrict some activity for a day or two.
It’s not unusual to have very light spotting or bleeding in the two days after a colposcopy. You want to avoid sexual intercourse or using a tampon for a week after the procedure.
When you need to schedule a colposcopy to investigate suspicious cervical tissue, call Antheia Gynecology at the nearest location or book online for an appointment.