Colposcopy in Ventura, California
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The purpose of a colposcopy is to examine the cervix for indications of cervical cancer. In most cases, this procedure is performed on women whose pap test has returned abnormal results. The board-certified gynecologists at Ventura County Obstetrics & Gynecology provide treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding at our office in Ventura, California. Learn more about the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding and call us at (805) 643-8695 to schedule your appointment today.
What is Your Gynecologist Looking for during your Colposcopy?
Your gynecologist will use an imaging device, called a colposcope, to look for irregular cervical tissue. A cervix with potentially cancerous tissue may have white patches, warts, polyps or swelling. In these instances, a sample will be taken and tested.
A healthy cervix will appear pink and smooth. If everything looks normal, additional tests may be needed to determine the cause of the irregular pap results.
How to Prepare for a Colposcopy
There is little preparation needed for a colposcopy. However, before having this test performed, it is highly recommended that you:
- Abstain from sex 24 to 48 hours before the procedure.
- Do not insert any products, such as tampons, into your vagina.
- Ensure the procedure date does not fall during your period.
Will the Colposcopy Hurt?
Some discomfort may be felt when a mild solution is used to clean and dry the cervix, but the colposcopy should not hurt since the colposcope does not touch you. If a sample is needed, you may feel a slight pinching feeling as tissue is collected.
What Can I Expect After a Colposcopy?
For those who did not have a sample taken:
- No restrictions will be placed on your activity.
- Light bleeding or spotting may occur for a day or two.
For those who did have a sample taken:
- Avoid intercourse or using tampons for at least a week.
- Vaginal pain or discomfort may last a few days.
- Light bleeding may be present for a few days.
- You may notice dark vaginal discharge immediately following the colposcopy.