Your annual gynecological exam provides valuable information about your health, but sometimes additional testing may be needed to more closely evaluate your reproductive organs, such as a colposcopy. The experienced team at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center can conduct a colposcopy at the office. To schedule an examination, contact the office in the Longwood area of the Bronx, New York, by phone or by using the online booking tool today.
A colposcopy is a procedure the team at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center use to more closely evaluate your reproductive organs and tissue. During the colposcopy, your specialist uses a colposcope, which is a device that magnifies your reproductive tissue for closer evaluation and allows your specialist to look for abnormalities that the naked eye cannot detect.
The team at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center may recommend you have a colposcopy if there are concerns about abnormalities in your reproductive tissue. The most common reasons women need a colposcopy include:
The team at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center may also recommend a colposcopy to monitor your response to treatment.
The team at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center conduct your colposcopy at the office. While the amount of time it takes to perform your colposcopy varies, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete.
During the procedure, your specialist has you lie down on the gynecological exam table with your knees bent just as you do for your pelvic exam. They then insert a speculum to hold your vaginal walls apart, position the colposcope, and turn on the light for better viewing.
Your vagina and cervix are cleaned to remove mucus, and your specialist examines your tissue. They may swab your tissue with a special solution that highlights tissue changes. If your specialist identifies tissue abnormalities, they may perform a biopsy.
Once your colposcopy is complete, you can go back to your usual activities. If you had a biopsy, you may be advised to avoid vaginal intercourse and use of tampons for a set period of time.
If you didn’t have a biopsy during your colposcopy, you shouldn’t experience any side effects. If you had a biopsy, you may experience some pain for up to two days, as well as vaginal bleeding or spotting.
Your specialist at Dr. Emily Women's Health Center discusses the results of your colposcopy with you and makes recommendations based on the findings.
A colposcopy allows your provider to more closely examine your reproductive organs. To learn more about the colposcopy, call Dr. Emily Women's Health Center or request an appointment online today.
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