When your Pap smear results are abnormal, the gynecologists at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may recommend a colposcopy to gather more information. The in-office procedure allows them to closely examine your cervix to look for areas of abnormal tissue. To schedule a colposcopy, call the office in Lawrenceville, Georgia, or book online today.
A colposcopy is an in-office diagnostic test that allows your provider at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women to closely examine your vulva, vagina, and cervix.
During the test, your provider uses a colposcope (a lighted magnifying device) to find problems and tissue abnormalities that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may recommend a colposcopy to better understand any abnormal findings from your routine pelvic exam or Pap smear.
They use the in-office procedure to help diagnose genital warts, inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis), and precancerous tissue changes in the cervix, vagina, or vulva.
Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women offers set guidelines on how to prepare for your colposcopy.
These guidelines may include not scheduling the test during your period, avoiding vaginal intercourse up to two days before the test, and not using tampons or vaginal medications up to two days before your test.
Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women performs your colposcopy at the office. Like a pelvic exam, your provider has you lie back on the exam table with your feet raised.
Then, your provider inserts a speculum into your vagina to separate the walls. They place the colposcope outside the speculum to view the tissue.
They apply a mild solution to your vaginal and cervical tissue to improve visibility of abnormal tissue. Your provider takes a biopsy of any tissue abnormalities and sends it to a lab for testing.
If you had a colposcopy without a biopsy you can expect to feel normal immediately following the test. You may have spotting for a day or two.
If you had a biopsy during your colposcopy, you may experience pain, cramping, and bleeding. Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women recommends you take it easy for a couple of days to allow the tissue to heal.
Once they have the results of your biopsy, your provider contacts you to discuss the findings.
To schedule your colposcopy at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women, call the office or book online today.