New York City colposcopy exams
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you prepare for a colposcopy?
- Avoid scheduling your colposcopy during your period.
- Don’t have vaginal intercourse the day or two before your colposcopy.
- Don’t use tampons the day or two before your colposcopy.
- Don’t use vaginal medications for the two days before your colposcopy.
What does a colposcopy show?
What are the side effects of a colposcopy?
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.
What happens if a colposcopy is abnormal?
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.