What you need to know about a Colposcopy
At Women's Health and Wellness Clinic, we prioritize your health and well-being. One important aspect of women's health is cervical health, and sometimes, a colposcopy is necessary to further evaluate any abnormalities. In this post, we'll dive into what a colposcopy is, why it's performed, and how you can schedule a colposcopy appointment at our clinic in Southern Oregon.
What Is a Colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a medical procedure used to closely examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva. It's typically recommended when abnormal cervical cells are detected during a Pap smear or HPV test. During a colposcopy, a special magnifying instrument called a colposcope is used to examine the cervical tissue in more detail.
Why Would You Need a Colposcopy?
There are several reasons why a healthcare provider might recommend a colposcopy, including:
- Abnormal Pap smear results.
- Testing positive for high-risk HPV.
- Follow-up after an abnormal colposcopy.
- Monitoring cervical health after treatment for cervical dysplasia.
Preparing for Your Colposcopy at Women's Health and Wellness Clinic:
Schedule an Appointment: If your healthcare provider has recommended a colposcopy, you can easily schedule an appointment with Ashley Warner at our clinic through our website: Link to Schedule.
Questions and Concerns: Before your appointment, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure. We're here to support you throughout the process.
What to Expect: We'll explain the colposcopy procedure in detail during your appointment, ensuring you feel comfortable and informed.
The Colposcopy Procedure:
During the colposcopy, you'll lie on an examination table, similar to a pelvic exam. A mild vinegar solution may be applied to the cervix to highlight any abnormal areas. Ashley Warner will use the colposcope to examine the cervix closely. If any suspicious areas are identified, small tissue samples (biopsies) may be taken for further evaluation.
After the Colposcopy:
Following the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or spotting, but this typically subsides quickly. Results from any biopsies taken will be discussed with you in detail, along with any necessary follow-up steps.
At Women's Health and Wellness Clinic, we're committed to providing comprehensive care for women in Southern Oregon. If you've been recommended for a colposcopy or have concerns about your cervical health, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our team. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.