|Female Reproductive Organs|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Pap test is abnormal
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) test is positive for certain subtypes (These subtypes place you at an increased risk for developing cancer.)
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Having sexual intercourse
- Using medicine or creams in your vagina
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- If you did not have a biopsy, return to normal activities. You may have light bleeding for a couple of days.
- If you had a biopsy, you may feel sore for a day or two. You may also have bleeding and dark discharge. 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.
- Baths and showers are OK.
Call Your Doctor
- Heavy bleeding
- Fever, chills
- Severe pain
- Bad-smelling vaginal discharge
The American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/For%5FPatients
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. Accessed December 19, 2012.
Colposcopy. FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/cervical-cancer/diagnosis-tests/colposcopy.html. Updated August 2010. Accessed December 19, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 00/11/2014