Colposcopy

Colposcopy

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a way to get a close-up look at your cervix. It’s a quick and easy way to find cell changes in your cervix that may turn into cancer.

A colposcopy is a type of cervical cancer test. It lets your doctor or nurse get a close-up look at your cervix — the opening to your uterus. It’s used to find abnormal cells in your cervix.

A colposcopy is nearly pain-free. You might feel pressure when the speculum goes in. It might also sting or burn a little when they wash your cervix with the vinegar-like solution.

If you get a biopsy, you might have some discomfort. Most people describe it feeling like a sharp pinch or a period cramp. You might have a little spotting, bleeding, or dark discharge from your vagina for a few days after a biopsy.

What should I know before my appointment?

You don't have to do much to prepare for a colposcopy. Here are 2 things you can do to make things easier:

Schedule your colposcopy for when you won’t have your period. That makes it easier to see the cervix.

Don’t douche, use tampons, put medicine in your vagina, or have vaginal sex for at least 24 hours before your appointment.