What is a colposcopy is done and why?

Written by: Dra. Mónica Gómez Cortés
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Colposcopy is the inspection of cervix, vagina (vaginoscopy) and vulva (vulvoscopia). This is done with a magnifying microscope, and directly with the use of filters and reagents. It is a test that should always be done by professional Gynecology trained and qualified to do so.

Thanks to this scan, you can identify the presence of suspected lesions by cytology, evaluating their location, character and extent. It also permits a directed biopsy, blind and avoiding unnecessary biopsies, and choosing the right treatment for precancerous cervical lesions.


Is it always performs a biopsy on this intervention?

Biopsy only take place in case there is a suspicious cytology and colposcopy compatible changes are observed.


How should the patient prepare for the test?

Colposcopy requires no special preparation or specific aftercare. The colposcopist assess whether satisfactory or requires some pre-treatment to optimize its performance for diagnosis.


Will the colposcopy is painful?

It is not a painful test. Colposcopy is a speculum exam as it is done by taking a Pap test, which lasts only a few minutes. In a timely manner, sometimes the patient can perceive a slight itching.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dra. Mónica Gómez Cortés

By Dra. Mónica Gómez Cortés
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dra. Gómez Cortés is an expert in cervical pathology and colposcopy. Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics since 1996 by the Maternal and Child Hospital in Malaga, currently is on leave from the Hospital Costa del Sol, where he was part of the oncology team and the Pathology Unit of the lower genital tract for more than 11 years.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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