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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Colposcopy?

A special magnifying device with a light, called a colposcope, is used to visually examine the cervix and vagina.

Female Reproductive Organs
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Colposcopy is usually done when a:

This procedure can be used to:

  • Help diagnose cervical cancer or precancerous changes
  • Give more information about abnormal cells found on a pap smear
  • Find the location where a tissue biopsy should be done
  • Monitor treatment of cervix abnormalities
  • Allow a visual inspection of the cervix, vaginal walls, or vulva

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have colposcopy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Discomfort

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Fever, chills
  • Severe pain
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.