Colposcopy in Fort Worth, TX
Why Do I Need a Colposcopy?
The purpose of a colposcopy is to examine the cervix for indications of cervical cancer. This common procedure can also be used to address problems with the vagina and vulva, such as a sexually transmitted infection that the patient may have contracted.
In most cases, a colposcopy is performed for women whose recent pap test has returned abnormal results.
How the Procedure Works
Dr. Carolyn Quist will use an imaging device, called a colposcope, to look for irregular cervical tissue. A cervix with potentially cancerous tissue may have white patches, warts, polyps, or swelling. If these abnormalities are found during the colposcopy, a small sample will be taken and tested for further analysis.
A healthy cervix will appear pink and smooth. If everything looks normal, additional tests may be ordered by Dr. Quist to determine the exact cause of the patient’s irregular pap results.
Preparing for Colposcopy
There is little that patients will need to do in order to prepare for a colposcopy, as it is a very simple process. However, before having this test completed, it is highly recommended that women:
- Abstain from sex 24 to 48 hours before the procedure.
- Do not insert any products, such as tampons, into the vagina.
- Ensure the procedure date does not fall during a menstrual cycle.
Will It Hurt?
Some discomfort may be felt when a mild solution is used to clean and dry the cervix, but the colposcopy should not hurt since the colposcope does not touch you. If a sample is needed, you may feel a mild pinching sensation as tissue is collected.
What to Expect Afterward
For those who did not have a sample taken:
- No restrictions will be placed on regular daily activities.
- Light bleeding or spotting may occur for a day or two.
For those who did have a sample taken:
- Avoid intercourse or using tampons for at least one week.
- Vaginal pain or discomfort may last a few days.
- Light bleeding may be present for up to one week.
- Patients may notice dark vaginal discharge immediately following the colposcopy.
Concerned About Your Cervix?
If you are unsure about whether a particular activity or symptom is normal after a colposcopy, please contact the Revitalize Wellness Center to have your concerns addressed by one of our staff members.
Even if you do present light bleeding or discolored discharge soon after a colposcopy, it does not necessarily mean that there were complications during the procedure. You should always contact Dr. Quist if your symptoms to not resolve themselves within a few days, as she will be able to discuss safe and effective treatment options that are best for you. Early detection is key to treating any serious health issue, so it is important to stay vigilant of your body’s natural signs and symptoms.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn Quist, please call our office in Fort Worth, Texas today at (817) 926-1313.