Obstetricians and gynecologist, Stephanie Mandelman, MD, and the team at Westlake Women's Health Specialists in Westlake Village, California, understand that receiving abnormal Pap smear results can be a disconcerting experience. However, they also offer comprehensive colposcopy services to help you get the answers you need and safeguard your health. To schedule an appointment with Westlake Women's Health Specialists, call the office or book online today.
Colposcopy is a procedure in which Dr. Mandelman closely examines your vulva, vagina, and cervix to detect abnormal tissue. She uses specialized instruments to get an in-depth view of cells after an abnormal Pap smear. During the procedure, she may take a tissue biopsy to screen for cervical cancer or other abnormalities.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear or if you are HPV positive, Dr. Mandelman may recommend you undergo a colposcopy to diagnose inflammation and cervical dysplasia (precancerous cells) in your cervix, vulva, or vagina. Detecting these conditions early can prevent serious complications.
To prepare for a colposcopy, follow all of Dr. Mandelman’s pre-procedure instructions. Avoid scheduling a colposcopy during your period and steer clear of sexual intercourse and tampon use a day or two before the scheduled procedure. Avoid vaginal medications two days before a colposcopy and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed prior to your procedure.
During a colposcopy, you relax on your back on an exam table. Dr. Mandelman then takes an in-depth view of it and your cervix. She may swab with cotton tissues and apply a special solution to the area. You might feel slight burning or tingling sensations.
Dr. Mandelman may also take a tissue sample (biopsy) using a sharp instrument. You might feel pressure or cramping during a cervix biopsy. If you require a vagina or vulva biopsy, Dr. Mandelman can first numb the treatment area. Your procedure might last about 10-20 minutes.
After a colposcopy, there’s no downtime, so you can resume your normal activities. However, you may notice light bleeding for a day or two. If you have a biopsy, you might experience light vaginal bleeding for a few days, pain for a day or two, or dark vaginal discharge.
Avoid tampons, sexual intercourse, and douching after a biopsy until Dr. Mandelman says it’s okay. After receiving the results of your biopsy, she reviews them with you and lets you know if you require further diagnostic testing or treatment.
If you need a colposcopy because of an abnormal Pap smear, schedule an appointment with Westlake Women’s Health Specialists, or book an appointment online today.