Having your Pap smear come back with abnormal results can be a frightening experience. When this situation occurs, Dr. Gregory A. Oliver and his associates at Oliver Family Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana, may order a colposcopy to diagnose or rule out cervical cancer or other severe health conditions. If you’re a woman in the Indianapolis area who would prefer a colposcopy in a warm, compassionate, and supportive environment, contact the professionals at Oliver Family Healthcare by phone or online form.
A colposcopy is a 15-minute examination of your cervix that Dr. Oliver performs using a magnifying instrument called a colposcope. A colposcope looks like binoculars attached to a long arm on a stand.
If your Pap test results indicate any abnormality, Dr. Oliver or his associates may order a colposcopy to investigate further. Other conditions that may prompt a colposcopy are a positive test for the human papillomavirus (HPV), an abnormal-looking cervix, or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
The Oliver Family Healthcare team uses colposcopy to diagnose or rule out:
The procedures for a colposcopy and Pap test are similar. After you lie on the exam table and place your feet in the stirrups, your Oliver Healthcare provider inserts a speculum into your vagina and swabs your cervix with a vinegar-like solution to make it easier to visualize abnormal cells. Next, they use a colposcope to examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva.
If your Oliver associate notices abnormal tissue during the colposcopy, they may take biopsies from those areas. Biopsies are performed with sharp tools that may feel like pressure or cramps, but shouldn’t hurt. You may have some slight bleeding after your colposcopy or biopsy.
Any tissue biopsied after your colposcopy is sent to a lab for analysis, and you receive results within a week or two.
After your colposcopy and biopsy, you may feel a little crampy. You shouldn’t insert tampons, creams, or douches into your vagina or have sex for at least 48 hours after the biopsy. You should schedule a follow-up exam or Pap smear to ensure all the abnormal tissue has been removed.
If you’ve been told you need a colposcopy, come to the caring and compassionate experts at Oliver Family Healthcare. You can schedule an appointment online, or call the friendly staff.