If you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear, you may need a colposcopy for your doctor to examine your cervix more closely. At Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami, Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon offer efficient colposcopy to women of all ages. If you’re concerned about your cervix or your Pap smear results, call or make an appointment online today.
A colposcopy is a simple gynecological procedure that allows Dr. Dunkin or Dr. Runyon to examine your cervix closely. The process is very similar to getting a Pap smear, but instead of collecting a sample of cells, your doctor uses a device called a colposcope to look at your cervix.
A colposcope is a magnifying device that shines a light onto your cervix and enables your doctor to look at it closely. The colposcope stays outside of your body and looks a little bit like a microscope you might have used in a science class.
Dr. Dunkin and Dr. Runyon typically use colposcopy to examine your cervix if you have abnormal Pap smear results.
They also use colposcopy if you have a sexually transmitted disease such as human papillomavirus (HPV) or genital warts. They can even assess issues such as the presence of polyps (benign growths), or cervicitis (an inflamed cervix). Colposcopy might also help identify the cause of pain or bleeding.
A colposcopy is similar to a Pap smear.
You recline on a treatment table with your legs in stirrups. Your doctor gently inserts a speculum to open your vagina and allow a good view of your cervix. If the doctor is checking for abnormal cells, he will clean your cervix with a vinegar solution which will make any abnormal cells easier to see.
Dr. Dunkin or Dr. Runyon then uses the colposcope to examine your vagina. Aside from the pressure from the speculum, you shouldn’t feel anything as the colposcope stays outside of your body during the exam.
If the doctor detects abnormal cells on your cervix, he may take a biopsy during your colposcopy for further testing.
You should schedule the procedure for when you are not having your period, and you should avoid using a douche, tampon, or vaginal medication for 24 hours before your colposcopy. You should also abstain from sex for the same period.
If you’ve had abnormal Pap smear results, call Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness or make an appointment online today.