About the procedure

A colposcopy is a short procedure done in the provider's office. It is commonly performed due to either an abnormal Pap smear, bleeding after intercourse, abnormal appearing tissue or due to symptoms that suggest an underlying pathology.

Colposcopy involves the visual evaluation of the cervix, or the vagina, or the external vulvar tissues utilizing a microscope.

What to expect:

You will be lying on an examination table as you do for a routine pelvic exam, with your feet

in stirrups. Dr. Brooks will first do a vaginal exam and then insert a speculum (similar to performing a pap test). Next, she will then apply a vinegar solution to your cervix. This causes little or no discomfort. The vinegar highlights any abnormal areas and Dr. Brooks will spend some time viewing the entire cervix.

If Dr. Brooks sees any area that does not have a normal appearance, she will do a biopsy. The biopsy is very quick and any discomfort should not last long. They usually feel like a cramp or pinch. Often, more than one biopsy may be indicated. The biopsy specimen(s) will then be sent to the pathology lab for careful evaluation under a microscope to determine if any abnormal cells are present.

Results will typically be available in approximately 5 to 7 days.