Women’s Care uses a colposcopy test to find and identify abnormal cells in the cervix, vagina, or vulva.
Colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device, a colposcope, equipped with a light source. The colposcope allows our providers to identify potential issues that cannot be seen by the eye alone. A colposcopy will be recommended if your pap smear result suggests the need for further examination of the cervix. If an abnormal area is seen, a small sample (biopsy) will be taken.
Colposcopy is most often performed for women who have abnormal pap test results to find abnormal cells in the cervix, vagina, or vulva. The test can help diagnose the following:
During a colposcopy, you will be positioned the same way as during a pelvic exam. A speculum will be inserted into the vagina to separate the walls of the vagina and allow your physician to get a better look at the cervix. The cervix and vagina will be swabbed with a vinegar or iodine solution, which makes abnormal tissues easier to see. The colposcope will then be placed near the vagina (but not inside), giving the physician a magnified view of the area. If any areas of tissue look abnormal, a biopsy may be performed.
If your pap smear test suggests that further investigation is needed, our providers at Women’s Care will perform a colposcopy and answer any and all questions you may have with care and compassion. We provide top quality women’s health services to women of all ages throughout Florida, giving those in the area access to the services they need to maintain positive health over time. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you have the knowledge and care needed to live a healthy life. Please contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment at the Women’s Care office nearest you.