A colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device called a colposcope. It shines a light into the vagina and onto the cervix. During the colposcopy, your provider may see abnormal areas. A biopsy of these areas may be done. During the biopsy, a small piece of abnormal tissue is removed from the cervix.

A colposcopy allows your provider to examine your cervix, vagina, or vulvar skin with magnification so that areas of abnormal cell growth can be identified. The purpose of the biopsy is to remove a small piece of tissue for microscopic examination by a pathologist. A biopsy is the most reliable way to obtain an accurate evaluation of abnormal tissue.

Infection and bleeding are the primary risks with this procedure, though both are uncommon. During the procedure you may feel cramping or have some minor discomfort. You may also experience light bleeding or spotting a few days after the biopsy.

For At Least One Week After Your Biopsy DO NOT

  • Do not have sex
  • Do not use tampons
  • Do not douche

Call the Office If

  • You have a fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Pain
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (using more than one sanitary pad an hour)