Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

A colposcopy is a simple in-office procedure that allows your OB/GYN to closely examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva, if they detect you may have an abnormal lesion. Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced providers at Palm Valley Women’s Care provide expert colposcopy evaluations, so you can expect a thorough diagnosis. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, find out more about colposcopy services by calling the office nearest you.

Colposcopy Q & A

Why do I need a colposcopy?

A colposcopy involves using a specialized instrument, known as a colposcope, to closely evaluate your vaginal canal. This in-office screening is often the next step if you have an abnormal Pap smear. Your OB/GYN may also recommend a colposcopy if you have:

  • Genital warts
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Cervical inflammation (cervicitis)
  • Precancerous cells in your cervix, vulva, or vagina

The colposcope can help your OB/GYN clearly see any abnormal tissues and if needed, take tissue biopsies for further pathological evaluation. 

What happens during a colposcopy?

The compassionate team at Palm Valley Women’s Care understands how frightening it can seem to find out you need a colposcopy. But rest assured, the procedure is quick — about 10-20 minutes — and virtually painless.

After you lie back on the exam table and place your feet in stirrups, your OB/GYN places a speculum into your vagina to hold the canal open — this is the same step that occurs when you have a Pap smear. 

Next, your provider places the colposcope near your vulva and shines a bright light into your vagina. They look down the colposcope, which magnifies your tissues, much like binoculars.

Your OB/GYN may need to swab your vagina and cervix to remove any mucus that’s affecting their view. To help highlight suspicious lesions and cells, they may also apply a specialized solution, which may cause some minor burning. 

If your doctor sees abnormal cells or tissues, they can perform a biopsy on the spot. Cervical biopsies are generally well-tolerated and just cause some cramping. Vaginal biopsies can be a little more uncomfortable, so your OB/GYN may administer a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area.

How do I prepare for a colposcopy?

There are a few things the team at Palm Valley Women’s Care recommends to help you get ready for your colposcopy. 

For instance, to ensure your exam is as thorough as possible, it’s helpful to avoid scheduling your colposcopy when you’re on your period. You may also find it helpful to:

  • Bring in earbuds and your favorite playlist to distract you
  • Write down a list of questions and concerns
  • Practice meditating and deep breathing 

After your colposcopy, you may have some light bleeding and slight discomfort for a couple of days. But aside from these minor issues, you won’t have any recovery time after your colposcopy. 

Book your colposcopy evaluation at Palm Valley Women’s Care directly through the website. You can also call your most convenient office to speak with a team member.