To quickly identify early signs of cancer after an abnormal Pap smear, the team at Midatlantic OBGYN offers on-site colposcopy services at their offices in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia. They also provide biopsy procedures during a colposcopy to accurately confirm your diagnosis. If you’ve recently had an abnormal Pap smear, schedule a follow-up colposcopy by calling the Midatlantic OBGYN office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure to identify disease in your vagina, cervix, and vulva. The team at Midatlantic OBGYN offers in-office colposcopies for your convenience, and they take about 20 minutes and involve no anesthesia or incisions.
During your colposcopy, your Midatlantic OBGYN provider inserts a speculum to hold open the vaginal walls, much like during a pelvic exam. They use a colposcope, a slender instrument that has a special magnifying lens that allows your doctor to get a close-up look at surrounding tissue.
While the procedure isn’t painful, you may feel some discomfort if your provider applies a vinegar solution to clear away mucus and make it easier to identify abnormalities.
The most common reason you may need a colposcopy is to follow up on abnormal Pap smear results.
A routine Pap smear tests for changes in the cervical cells that may be a sign of cervical cancer, and a colposcopy may be necessary to diagnose cervical cancer or other issues like:
In some cases, your Midatlantic OBGYN provider may perform a biopsy at the same time as your colposcopy. This involves removing a sample of abnormal tissue and sending it to a medical lab for further evaluation to confirm or rule out cancer.
Most women return to work or other activities immediately after a colposcopy. It’s common to experience some light spotting or vaginal bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. Bleeding may be heavier and there may be discharge if you had a biopsy at the same time.
Your Midatlantic OBGYN provider discusses aftercare instructions and may recommend limiting sexual activity and not using tampons for a week or more following a biopsy to prevent infections and other complications.
The results of a biopsy can take several days. Midatlantic OBGYN contacts you to discuss them and can recommend any needed treatments or other diagnostic procedures based on your results at that time.
If you need follow-up testing after an abnormal Pap smear, schedule a consultation with the gynecology team at Midatlantic OBGYN online or by phone today.