Colposcopy Specialist

New England Women's Healthcare

OBGYNs located in Woburn, MA

If you have an abnormal Pap smear, you may need a colposcopy to learn more about what caused it. At New England Women’s Healthcare in Woburn, Massachusetts, the highly experienced OB/GYN team offers on-site colposcopy for your convenience. This simple diagnostic procedure can give you the answers you need to prevent cervical cancer. Use the online scheduling tool or call the office to make your appointment today.

Colposcopy Q & A

What is colposcopy?

In a colposcopy, your New England Women’s Healthcare doctor views your cervix, vulva, and vagina using a colposcope, a device that magnifies the view. Usually, women need a colposcopy after an abnormal Pap smear. Your OB/GYN may also perform this type of exam if they detect some abnormalities during your pelvic exam.

If your OB/GYN finds abnormal tissue, they may perform a biopsy, in which they remove a small tissue sample for testing.

What is a colposcopy like?

Your New England Women's Healthcare OB/GYN performs your colposcopy on-site, possibly after a pelvic exam, depending on your needs. You'll lay in a standard pelvic exam position while your doctor swabs your vagina and cervix with a solution that enhances their view.

Next, your OB/GYN places a speculum to gently open the vagina and expose the cervix. They insert the colposcope in your vaginal opening and then view the abnormal areas in detail. If you’re having a biopsy, your provider removes a small sample of cervical tissue.

How do I get ready for a colposcopy?

Your OB/GYN at New England Women's Healthcare gives you specific guidelines to prepare for this procedure, which usually include the following.

  • Plan the colposcopy after or before your period, as bleeding can interfere with the exam.
  • Refrain from vaginal sex for 24-48 hours prior to the colposcopy.
  • Avoid tampon use for 24-48 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Don't douche or use any topical vaginal creams for two days prior to your colposcopy.

Because a colposcopy can cause some mild discomfort, your doctor may also advise you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever shortly before your procedure.

What can I expect following my colposcopy?

Most patients go back to their regular routine immediately after a colposcopy. You may have some mild bleeding for a few days. Use sanitary napkins rather than tampons for this.

If you have a biopsy, you may have some minor discomfort for a few days, but this is usually easily relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine. Your OB/GYN may also tell you to avoid sex, douching, and strenuous activity for at least a few days after a colposcopy with biopsy.

Use the online scheduler or call New England Women’s Healthcare to make your appointment with a caring and supportive OB/GYN team now.