Colposcopy is usually done in a doctors office, and the procedure typically takes 10 to 20 minutes. Youll lie on your back on a table with your feet in supports, just as during a pelvic exam or Pap test. The doctor places a metal speculum in your vagina.
Who performs a colposcopy?
A colposcopy can be done in the office of your primary care doctor or your gynecologist. After lying down on the exam table, youll place your heels in the stirrups at the end of the table.
Is a colposcopy considered a surgical procedure?
A colposcopy (kol-POS-kuh-pee) is a method of examining the cervix, vagina, and vulva with a surgical instrument called a colposcope. The procedure is usually performed if the results of a Pap smear (the screening test used to identify abnormal cervical cells) are unusual.
What do they put in your vagina after colposcopy?
The colposcope magnifies the appearance of the cervix (figure 1). Acetic acid or vinegar is placed on the cervix and vagina to stain the cells and to allow the clinician to better see where the abnormal cells are located and the size of any abnormal areas.
Are Colposcopies painful?
A colposcopy is nearly pain-free. You might feel pressure when the speculum goes in. It might also sting or burn a little when they wash your cervix with the vinegar-like solution. If you get a biopsy, you might have some discomfort.