If your gynecology has recommended a colposcopy, it’s probably due to results from an abnormal Pap test. A Pap test is a screening tool that indicates whether there are any cell changes occurring on your cervix. A colposcopy in Scottsdale is a more thorough diagnostic procedure that allows your gynecologist to examine your cervix for any abnormal cells or blood vessels.
Don’t panic – an abnormal Pap test is very common; in fact, 10 percent of Pap tests indicate the presence of abnormal cells. Most women who receive a colposcopy have a normal result, and follow up with more Pap tests to ensure their immune systems clear these cells on their own.
Why did your gynecologist recommend a colposcopy in Scottsdale?
There are several Pap test results that prompt a colposcopy.
- Two Pap tests in a row that indicate a high-risk strain of HPV. A colposcopy will ensure that your Pap test didn’t overlook any abnormal cells that HPV may cause.
- Abnormal Pap test with a high-risk strain of HPV.
- A Pap test that indicates considerable changes.
- Abnormal cervical cells or HPV after a previous colposcopy.
Colposcopy in Scottsdale: Your questions answered.
Is a colposcopy serious? No; however, you should get your procedure within three months of receiving your abnormal Pap results.
Why would I need to repeat it if my first one was normal? If on a repeat Pap, your cells are still mildly abnormal, you may need to repeat it to detect any changes to the cervical cells.
What can I expect during a colposcopy procedure? The procedure takes about10 to 15 minutes. You’ll be in the same position as you would for a Pap test and your gynecologist will use a speculum to expose your cervix and observe your cervical cells.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a colposcopy in Scottsdale? Come to your appointment with a full bladder so your gynecologist can conduct a pregnancy test. Don’t insert anything into your vagina for at least 48 hours prior to the procedure, including tampons, douching, creams, or other products, and avoid vaginal intercourse.
What’s the aftercare for a colposcopy? For five days following the procedure, avoid vaginal intercourse. Don’t take a bath for 72 hours post-procedure, but showering is fine. You may notice a gritty brown (sometimes bloody) discharge for several days if you had a biopsy. This is residue from medication used to assist healing.
Can I get a colposcopy if I’m on my period? Because a colposcopy requires a clear view of your cervix, you’ll need to reschedule your procedure for a time when you’re not bleeding.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure? The risk level is extremely low, but you should be aware of the possible following signs and symptoms:
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge;
- Fever and/or chills;
- Severe lower abdominal pain.
How long do I need to wait for my colposcopy results? Generally, results take a maximum of a month. Your gynecologist will contact you directly with the results and any follow-up recommendations.
Have more questions? If you would like more information regarding a colposcopy in Scottsdale and how it can help you, call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can address all of your questions and concerns!