In some cases, a colposcopy is a necessary procedure to protect the health of your cervix, vagina, or vulva. Even if you have had a Pap smear, you may still need to take additional steps if there is evidence of any precancerous tissue in your system. This simple, straightforward test can give Dr. Birt a much better understanding of your health. At Radiant Women’s Health, we work hard to ensure that our patients are perfectly taken care of and comfortable. If you have concerns about your vaginal health or are experiencing any abnormal symptoms, we urge you to get in touch with us today.
What Is a Colposcopy Procedure?
A colposcopy is a non-invasive procedure in which the doctor uses a special tool, a colposcope, to search for abnormal cells, polyps, or genital warts on the vagina, cervix, or vulva. During this procedure, your feet will go in stirrups and we will use a speculum to open the vaginal opening, just like in a normal pelvic exam. Dr. Birt will wipe the area with a solution that makes abnormal areas more visible, then use the colposcope to examine you. The process is painless and does not involve any invasive operations.
How Is It Different From a Pap Smear?
Unlike a Pap smear, a colposcopy is non-invasive. In a Pap smear, the doctor goes into the vagina to collect cervical cells. By contrast, a colposcopy goes near the vagina, but never inside. Typically, this procedure may be performed after a Pap smear if HPV or cancer is a concern. It may also be followed by a biopsy if the results of the test indicate abnormalities.
What Happens After a Colposcopy?
There is no direct entry into the body with a colposcopy, meaning there is no need for any recovery time or special measures to take after it is over. However, if your examination is followed by a biopsy, then some downtime may be required. A biopsy is an invasive procedure, so there may be side effects or protocols which Dr. Birt will explain to you if this becomes necessary.
Colposcopy Test in Conyers, Atlanta
We manage all aspects of a woman’s health here at Radiant Women’s Health. Dr. Birt is a skilled, caring doctor with over 14 years of experience diagnosing, treating, and advising the women of Georgia on all their health issues. If you need a colposcopy, pelvic exam, or other gynecological services in Georgia, Radiant Women’s Health is a clear choice. To learn more or schedule an appointment, submit our form below or call us now at (770) 860-0123.