At Mid Nassau OBGYN, we care about preventive healthcare and one of the services we offer is a colposcopy as part of screening for cervical cancer. A typical cervical cancer screening, known as Pap test or Pap smear, can sometimes come back with abnormal results.
It is important to note that abnormal results are common and do not necessarily mean you have cancer or precancerous cells. Sometimes your outside factors such as your menstrual cycle can interfere, so often follow-up tests are required. We may recommend a colposcopy if your recent Pap smear has come back abnormal.
What is a colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a procedure where we use a magnifying instrument known as a colposcope to examine your cervix.
It begins similarly to a Pap smear, where a speculum is used to spread the vaginal walls to achieve a better view of the cervix. A solution may be applied to the cervix to make it easier for abnormal cells to be seen. The colposcope does not enter your body but instead is used to view abnormal cells with a bright light and magnifying lens.
A tissue sample, or biopsy, may be conducted for additional testing. Patients may feel a slight pinch when the sample is taken.
The procedure itself is usually completed within 10 minutes.
What happens after your exam?
Some spotting may occur after the colposcopy but should stop within 24-48 hours. If it worsens or persists, please contact your doctor immediately.
Your results will be available anywhere within 2-4 weeks and your doctor will review them with you to discuss any future action that may be necessary.
For more information on colposcopy or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (516) 566-0805.request an appointment