Learning the results of an abnormal Pap smear can be frightening. The compassionate staff at The Women's Specialists of Fayette in Fayetteville, Georgia, are with you every step of the way and provide on-site colposcopy procedures, a common follow-up test after an abnormal Pap smear. This diagnostic tool can identify potential causes of abnormal test results, so the medical team can establish a custom treatment plan as soon as possible. Find out more about the benefits of a colposcopy by calling the office today or by using the convenient online booking feature to schedule a consultation.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that gives The Women's Specialists of Fayette physicians a closer look at the structures of your cervix, vulva, and vaginal canal. This type of diagnostic tool can identify early signs of disease and may be a necessary follow-up test after an abnormal Pap smear.
The Women's Specialists of Fayette might also recommend a colposcopy to diagnose certain conditions, such as:
If your Pap smear results indicate abnormalities, your provider can discuss the need for a colposcopy and help you prepare for the procedure.
The Women's Specialists of Fayette offers in-office colposcopy procedures for your convenience and comfort. You can expect to lie on an exam table while your physician inserts a speculum to access your cervix, just like in a pelvic exam.
Using a colposcope, a special magnifying instrument, your physician closely examines the vaginal canal, cervix, and surrounding tissue. They may apply a solution to clear away mucus and other debris, which can cause some discomfort.
The goal of a colposcopy is to identify abnormal cells that may indicate cancer or another disease. If cancer is a possibility, your provider may also perform a biopsy during the colposcopy, taking a small sample of tissue for further evaluation.
Following your colposcopy procedure, it’s normal to experience some light bleeding for a day or two, especially if you had a biopsy. You may also have some vaginal discharge and mild pain.
Rest and limiting strenuous activities can help you feel better. You should avoid sex, tampon use, and douching after a colposcopy. Your physician can let you know when you can resume your usual activities.
A member of The Women’s Specialists of Fayette team will call you with the results of your test and can discuss what to expect next based on those results.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a colposcopy, schedule a consultation today at The Women's Specialists of Fayette by calling the office or using the online booking feature.