New York City colposcopy exams

Colposcopy exams are  procedures to closely examine your cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease. During colposcopy, your doctor uses a special instrument called a colposcope.

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Your doctor may recommend colposcopy if a Pap test or pelvic exam revealed abnormalities.  If your doctor finds an unusual area of cells during colposcopy, a sample of tissue can be collected for laboratory testing (biopsy).

Your doctor positions the special magnifying instrument, called a colposcope, a few inches away from your vulva. A bright light is shined into your vagina, and your doctor looks through the lens, as if using binoculars.

Your cervix and vagina are swabbed with cotton to clear away any mucus. Your doctor may apply a solution of vinegar or another type of solution to the area. This may cause a burning or tingling sensation. The solution helps highlight any areas of suspicious cells.

Call us at 212-813-2146 or contact us today to discuss our diagnostic, testing and biopsy services.  Our board-certified gynecologists will also discuss additional options with you confidentially.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To prepare for your colposcopy, your doctor may recommend that you:
  1. Avoid scheduling your colposcopy during your period.
  2. Don’t have vaginal intercourse the day or two before your colposcopy.
  3. Don’t use tampons the day or two before your colposcopy.
  4. Don’t use vaginal medications for the two days before your colposcopy.
Colposcopy is performed to examine the cervix for problem areas when a Pap test was abnormal. If an area of abnormal tissue is found, a biopsy is often done. Check a sore or other problem (such as genital warts) found on or around the vagina and cervix.

The colposcopy examination itself (without biopsy) has no risks. With biopsy, there is a small risk of bleeding and infection, which might require additional treatment. If a biopsy was done, you might have some cramping and discharge or light bleeding from the vagina for a few days.

If your results show you have cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) this means that you have abnormal/precancerous changes to cells in your cervix. These changes are not cancerous, but without treatment these cells could change into cancerous cells.