Question: Should I Be Worried If I Need A Colposcopy?

Should I shave before a colposcopy?

You do not need to shave before your appointment, writes Olivia Petter..

What if cervical biopsy is positive?

Results of a cervical biopsy A positive test means that cancer or precancerous cells have been found and treatment may be needed.

Should I worry if my pap smear is abnormal?

The fact is, an “abnormal” Pap result does not usually mean cancer, and HPV is exceptionally common to the point that almost all of us have been exposed to this virus and have had a transient infection. Since the vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, it is important to test for it regularly.

Do I really need a colposcopy?

If you don’t have a high-risk type of HPV, no further testing is recommended. But if you have a high-risk type of HPV: Colposcopy is recommended to see how severe the cell changes are. It doesn’t mean that minor cell changes will progress to cancer, because HPV infections can go away on their own.

Why did my doctor order a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is used to find cancerous cells or abnormal cells that can become cancerous in the cervix, vagina, or vulva. These abnormal cells are sometimes called “precancerous tissue.” A colposcopy also looks for other health conditions, such as genital warts or noncancerous growths called polyps.

Is a colposcopy serious?

A colposcopy is a safe and quick procedure. However, some women find it uncomfortable and a few experience pain. Tell the doctor or nurse (colposcopist) if you find the procedure painful, as they will try to make you more comfortable. A colposcopy is a safe procedure to have during pregnancy.

How long will I be sore after a colposcopy?

After the colposcopy If you had a biopsy sample taken during your colposcopy, you may experience: Vaginal or vulvar pain that lasts one or two days. Light bleeding from your vagina that lasts a few days.

How long does a colposcopy biopsy take to heal?

You may be told not to douche, use tampons, or have sex for 1 week after a biopsy, or for a period advised by your healthcare provider. After a cone biopsy, you should not put anything into your vagina until your cervix has healed. This may take several weeks.

Can I go to work after a colposcopy?

After a colposcopy you can return to your normal activities, including work and driving, immediately – although you may prefer to rest until the next day. you may have a brownish vaginal discharge, or light bleeding if you had a biopsy – this is normal and should stop after 3 to 5 days.

Is HPV a STD?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV.

How many biopsies are taken during a colposcopy?

“The full benefit of earlier detection of HSIL by screening using HPV testing will depend on improvement and standardization of colposcopy.” At least two or three biopsies should be taken based on these results.

Does a colposcopy affect your period?

The first period you have after having a treatment at colposcopy may be heavier than usual, but your periods should then return to normal. If you have any concerns or need further information or help, please phone the colposcopy clinic where you had your treatment.

What if a colposcopy is normal?

About 4 in every 10 people who have a colposcopy have a normal result. This means no abnormal cells were found in your cervix during the colposcopy and/or biopsy and you do not need any immediate treatment. You’ll be advised to continue with cervical screening as usual, in case abnormal cells develop later on.

What can you not do after a colposcopy?

Do not insert anything into your vagina for at least one week after your colposcopy, unless your physician says it’s okay. Your cervix, vagina and vulva need time to heal. Do not douche or apply vaginal medication. If your menstrual period starts, use sanitary pads instead of tampons or a menstrual cup.

How long does it take to get the results of a colposcopy?

Normal Results A specialist called a pathologist will examine the tissue sample from the cervical biopsy and send a report to your doctor. Biopsy results most often take 1 to 2 weeks. A normal result means there is no cancer and no abnormal changes were seen.

Does a colposcopy affect fertility?

After adjusting for age, contraceptive use and infertility, women who had a treatment procedure were still almost 1.5 times more likely to conceive compared to untreated women. Pregnancy rates among women who had a biopsy or colposcopy were the same as rates among women who had a surgical treatment procedure.

Do Colposcopies hurt?

A colposcopy is nearly pain-free. You might feel pressure when the speculum goes in. It might also sting or burn a little when they wash your cervix with the vinegar-like solution.

What happens if you have precancerous cells in cervix?

Precancerous conditions of the cervix are changes to cervical cells that make them more likely to develop into cancer. These conditions are not yet cancer. But if they aren’t treated, there is a chance that these abnormal changes may become cervical cancer.

How long does a colposcopy referral take?

Referral guidelines for individuals with symptoms or if the appearance of the cervix is suspicious. An individual must be referred to colposcopy and should be seen within 2 weeks of referral (≥93% of cases) if the appearance of the cervix is suspicious or they have symptoms consistent with cervical cancer.