Colposcopy

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

When the results of your Pap smear are abnormal, you may need follow-up testing, such as a colposcopy. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team of physicians offers on-site colposcopy procedures to learn more about your reproductive health. At their offices in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the team uses the latest colposcopy technologies to ensure accurate results in identifying issues like cervical cancer and polyps. If you need a colposcopy or diagnostic testing for an abnormal Pap smear, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology today or use the online booking feature to set up an appointment.

Colposcopy Q & A

What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a diagnostic test that your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider can use to diagnose issues of your cervix.

The test uses a special lighted magnifying tool known as a colposcope that can highlight abnormal cells, changes in the cervix, or polyps.

Why do I need a colposcopy?

If you receive abnormal test results from a Pap smear, your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider may recommend a colposcopy.

In addition to checking for precancerous changes or cancerous growths in the cervix, a colposcopy can diagnosis:

  • Polyps
  • Genital warts
  • Inflammation

A colposcopy can also be useful for identifying the root cause of unexplained pelvic pain or abnormal uterine bleeding.

What can I expect during a colposcopy?

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology staff offers in-office colposcopy procedures for your comfort and convenience. Like a routine pelvic exam, you lie on an exam table and place your feet in the foot supports.

Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider inserts a speculum to hold the vaginal walls open and inserts the colposcope into the vagina to view your cervix. In many cases, they apply a special solution to the cervix with a cotton ball to highlight abnormal areas of cells.

This solution application may cause some mild burning, and you may feel some discomfort or pressure from the colposcope.

If your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology physician identifies areas of suspicious cells that may indicate cancer, you may need a biopsy. This procedure occurs at the same time as your colposcopy; your doctor removes a small piece of cervical tissue for further evaluation at a medical lab.

What happens after a colposcopy?

If you don’t need a biopsy, you can expect to return to your usual activities right after your appointment, although your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider may recommend not having sex or using tampons for a period of time.

A biopsy may cause some pain and light bleeding for several days after your procedure. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers to keep you comfortable. If you have heavy bleeding or unexplained abdominal pain, be sure to call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology right away.

Your doctor can discuss any issues found during the colposcopy after your procedure is complete. If you had a biopsy, they will call you to discuss their findings within a few days.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a colposcopy, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology today or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.