Does getting a colposcopy hurt?

Does getting a colposcopy hurt?

A colposcopy is nearly pain-free. You might feel pressure when the speculum goes in. It might also sting or burn a little when they wash your cervix with the vinegar-like solution. If you get a biopsy, you might have some discomfort.

What a colposcopy looks like?

Your doctor positions the special magnifying instrument, called a colposcope, a few inches away from your vulva. Your doctor then shines a bright light into your vagina and looks through the lens of the colposcope, as if using binoculars. Your cervix and vagina are swabbed with cotton to clear away any mucus.

What happens during colposcopy?

a device called a speculum is inserted into your vagina and gently opened. a microscope with a light is used to look at your cervix – this does not touch or enter your body. liquids are applied to your cervix to highlight any abnormal areas.

Is a colposcopy a camera?

A microscope (colposcope) with a strong light will be used to look at your cervix. The colposcope doesn’t enter the vagina and remains outside your body. If the colposcope has a camera attached to it, you may be able to see images of your cervix on a small screen.

How long does it take to get the results of a colposcopy?

Normal Results A smooth, pink surface of the cervix is normal. A specialist called a pathologist will examine the tissue sample from the cervical biopsy and send a report to your doctor. Biopsy results most often take 1 to 2 weeks. A normal result means there is no cancer and no abnormal changes were seen.

What comes out of you after a colposcopy?

You may have a dark vaginal discharge after the colposcopy. If your doctor took a biopsy sample during the colposcopy, a thick yellow paste was put on that area to stop the bleeding. When this paste mixes with blood, it may make a black fluid (discharge) .

Do they numb you for a colposcopy?

You may feel pinching or discomfort similar to menstrual cramps during some biopsy types. Sometimes a local anesthetic is used to numb the area before the biopsy. Ask your doctor about the different types of biopsies that could potentially be done during your colposcopy.

Can you drive home after a colposcopy?

After a colposcopy you’ll be able to go home as soon as you feel ready, usually straight afterwards. you can return to your normal activities, including work and driving, immediately – although you may prefer to rest until the next day.

What procedure is commonly performed with a colposcopy?

Evaluation of women with an abnormal Pap test: To localize the lesion.

  • Evaluation of women positive for high-risk HPV DNA
  • Evaluation of VIA positive women
  • Evaluation of a suspicious appearing cervix,and postcoital/postmenopausal bleeding,even if the Pap smear is normal.
  • Unexplained abnormal lower genital tract bleeding.
  • What should I do after a colposcopy?

    After a colposcopy procedure, you may rest for a few minutes before going home. If you have a colposcopy with a biopsy, the recovery process will vary. It will depend on the type of biopsy done and the type of anesthesia (if any) used.

    How to set up a colposcopy?

    Set at “0”for normal vision. Rubber cups – reduce ambient light. Optional equipment – monocular teaching tube Beam splitter for monitor hook up. Image provided by Cooper Surgical, Inc. Optics – Lighting Higher magnification = smaller field of view = Modern Colposcopy. Need knowledgeable assistant to take ownership of specimens and

    What are the risks of colposcopy?


  • Polyps (noncancerous growths)
  • Genital warts,which may suggest infection with human papilloma virus (HPV),a risk factor for developing cervical cancer
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure in women whose mothers took DES during pregnancy,as DES exposure raises the risk for cancer of the reproductive system