Pap smear results that identify abnormal cells require further investigation to see what’s causing the problem. Using colposcopy, the experienced women’s health care team at Mesbah OB/GYN in Garden City, New York, can safely view and treat your cervix in their offices. Call Mesbah OB/GYN today or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment to find out more about having a colposcopy.
A colposcopy is a procedure you might need if you have an abnormal Pap smear result. A Pap smear is a routine test you have at Mesbah OB/GYN to look for changes in the cervical cells. In many cases, these changes aren’t anything serious, but they could indicate the early stages of cervical cancer.
If your results show cell changes, your provider uses a colposcope to examine your cervix. This device provides a magnified image of your cervix, and they use it to evaluate the type, size, and location of any abnormal cells.
During your colposcopy, your provider can also take tissue samples (biopsies) for lab analysis. The tests confirm the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells so you can receive any treatment you need.
Your colposcopy is an in-office procedure that usually takes less than 20 minutes. You lie on an exam table with your knees up and legs apart. Your provider uses a speculum instrument to access your vagina and repeats your Pap smear.
Next, they insert the colposcope and apply a vinegar solution to your cervix. The vinegar helps to highlight any abnormal parts of the cervix. You might feel a sensation of coldness or mild burning, but you shouldn’t have any pain.
If your provider performs a biopsy, they apply a solution to your cervix to protect the tissues. You might feel a little discomfort or cramping after a biopsy.
Any uncomfortable feelings usually fade within a few hours, but you could have minor bleeding and discharge that lasts several days. The discharge may be brown or black and resemble coffee grounds.
After a colposcopy, your provider at Mesbah OB/GYN discusses the findings with you and any further steps you need to take. One possibility is a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).
In this outpatient procedure, your provider places a thin wire loop with an electrical current into your vagina to extract a cone-shaped section of your cervix. This removes the area of abnormal cells.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, a colposcopy can explain why. Call Mesbah OB/GYN to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.