A colposcopic exam evaluates the cervix, vagina, and vulva for any changes that could be associated with dysplasia (precancerous changes) or other dermatologic conditions.
When is a Colposcopy Needed?
A colposcopy is a test that is done if a patient’s Pap smear comes back abnormal, and while it is very much like a Pap smear, it uses a magnifying tool (a colposcope) to help your provider get a better view of the cervix.
What Can a Colposcopy Diagnose?
- Cervical, vaginal, or vulvar cancer
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Genital warts
- Pre-cancerous changes in the tissue of the cervix or vagina
- Pre-cancerous changes of the vulva
What Happens During a Colposcopy
Once you arrive at our clinic and are shown to the exam room, you will be left alone to undress and put on a lap cover so that you can be more easily examined. Once you’re comfortably in the gown and are lying down on the exam table, the doctor will come back inside the room, and she will pull out stirrups from under the medical table to support your heels. You will slide down so that you are at a good placement for your colposcopy.
Once you’re in place, the colposcopy will begin. The entire exam takes about 15 minutes. Your provider will gently insert a plastic or metal speculum into the vaginal opening. Lubricant may be used to help. The speculum will slightly open the walls of your vagina to allow a better view of your cervix.
The colposcope does not go inside of you. It will be placed a few inches away from your vulva, and will utilize a bright light and a lens to help the doctor assess your cervix. A solution — sometimes vinegar — will be applied to the cervix to help abnormalities show up. If any are found, a sample will be taken and sent to the lab.
Once the results come back from the lab, you will know your next steps. Depending on what is found, you may be asked to return in a few months for another test — or you may need to return sooner for treatment.
Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?
Modern Women’s Health is a team of female providers for female needs. Founder and board-certified gynecologist Dr. Lisa Jukes has established a sophisticated, modern one-stop-shop for women — from adolescence through the age of menopause — where every aspect of health and wellness can be addressed.
We are more than just a clinic where you get your annual well exam. Instead, we take a 360-degree approach to wellness, covering every aspect of patient health.
We provide a compassionate, confidential, and comfortable atmosphere where our team will develop a warm, professional relationship with you. Come discover why we are one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas.