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Colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that uses a colposcope to closely examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva for any abnormalities. It is typically performed by a gynaecologist or other trained healthcare provider and is often used as a follow-up to abnormal Pap smear results or to investigate symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain.
During a colposcopy procedure, a special instrument called a colposcope is used to magnify the tissue and allow for a detailed examination. If any abnormalities are detected, a small tissue sample (biopsy) may be taken for further testing.
At Meitra, we understand that a colposcopy can be an anxiety-inducing procedure for many women, and our trained healthcare professionals strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for all patients. We also use equipment and techniques to not just ensure safety and comfort, but accuracy in results, with our team working closely with our patients to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their individual needs and concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to prepare for a colposcopy?
Patients should avoid sexual activity, douching, and using tampons for at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Patients may also be advised to avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning medications for a period of time before the procedure.
Is a colposcopy painful?
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure, though some women may experience mild cramping or discomfort during the biopsy.
Who needs a colposcopy?
Colposcopy is typically recommended for women who have had an abnormal Pap test result, which may indicate the presence of abnormal cells on the cervix. It may also be recommended for women who have symptoms such as vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain.