Young Kim, MD
OBGYN located in Antioch, CA
If you’ve received abnormal results after a Pap smear, a colposcopy may be recommended. Colposcopy is a nonsurgical procedure to further assess your cervix. Dr. Young Kim, located in Antioch, California, uses this test to further check your cervix to make a firm diagnosis.Call today or book your appointment online to schedule your colposcopy.
Colposcopy Q & A
What is colposcopy?
A colposcopy procedure involves examining your cervix, vagina, or vulva for signs of diseases. The instrument used in this procedure is called a colposcopy.
When should I have a colposcopy?
A colposcopy may be recommended after a routine Pap test if the results are abnormal or point to potential health issues. The procedure is simple: Dr. Kim takes a sample of the tissue from your cervix, vulva, or vagina and has the sample tested at a laboratory.
By consenting to a colposcopy, various diseases and illnesses can be diagnosed from your tissue sample such as:
- Cancer of the cervix, vagina, or vulva
- Genital warts (a sign of HPV)
- Cervix inflammation (cervicitis)
Are there risks associated with colposcopy?
There are very few risks associated with colposcopy. However, you can experience complications from the biopsy (tissue sample) taken during the examination.
- Pain in your pelvis
- Severe pain in your abdomen
- Heavier bleeding than normal for your typical period
If you experience these complications, especially after the colposcopy, see Dr. Kim immediately.
What should I do before the colposcopy?
There are several ways to prepare for your colposcopy adequately. For 1-2 days before the procedure, avoid:
- Vaginal intercourse
- Using tampons
- Vaginal medications
You may also want to schedule the appointment before or after your menstrual cycle.
What if you’re anxious about the colposcopy?
That’s perfectly natural. Women tend to experience anxiety before and during the examination. Stress associated with anxiety can make it difficult to concentrate. Women who are anxious during the procedure may feel more pain than women who have an easier time managing their anxiety.
Dr. Kim will answer any questions or concerns you have about the colposcopy. He’ll explain the procedure beforehand, so you have a full understanding of what to expect during and after the examination.