|Female Reproductive Organs|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Pap test is abnormal
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) test is positive for certain subtypes that place you at an increased risk for developing cancer
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Having sexual intercourse
- Using medication or creams in your vagina
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- You may need to use a sanitary pad for a few days.
- Do not put anything into your vagina for at least a week.
- Do not use tampons or have sex until your doctor says it is okay.
Call Your Doctor
- Heavy bleeding
- Fever, chills
- Severe pain
- Bad-smelling vaginal discharge
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Management of abnormal cervical cytology and histology. Practice Bulletin No. 99. December 2008.
Colposcopy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq135.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20121219T1514556583. Published June 2013. Accessed October 30, 2014.
Colposcopy. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/cervical-cancer/diagnosis-tests/colposcopy.html. Updated August 2010. Accessed October 30, 2014.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/15/2014 -