Colposcopy Services at OBGYN Clinic Near Me in Chicago, IL
At Center For Gynecology And Cosmetics, A Colposcopy Exam Is Done To Diagnose Cancer And Other Problems Affecting The Cervix, Vagina And Vulva. Call Us Today At (312) 651-6886 To Schedule An Appointment Or Consultation. We Are Located In 820 W Jackson Blvd #310 Chicago, IL 60607.
WHY Colposcopy is done
If a Pap smear is abnormal, the next step is usually colposcopy. A colposcopy is a microscopic examination of the cervix done in the office. While a Pap smear randomly samples cells, colposcopy allows the gynecologist to inspect the surface of the cervix under magnification so that the area of the abnormality can be visualized and biopsied.
WHAT you should do to prepare
No special preparation is needed.
WHAT to expect during the procedure
After you are brought to the examination room, you will be asked to undress from the waist down. A speculum is placed in the vagina and acetic acid (vinegar) is placed on the cervix to enhance visualization. This will smell like vinegar and feel cold and wet, but otherwise has no effects. The physician will then look at your cervix through a microscope. If any areas of concerns are detected, a tiny sample of tissue will be removed for analysis
Most women are aware of a momentary pinch or cramp, but some women feel nothing. Medication will then be applied to the cervix to prevent bleeding. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes.
WHAT to expect after the procedure
Most women feel fine immediately after the procedure and can return to their daily routine. Some women experience cramping, but it is unusual for the cramping to be severe. Some bleeding is expected, but it is usually minimal. You may use a tampon or a pad. The medication applied to your cervix is called Monsels paste and looks like dark mustard or peanut butter. It may come out at a day or two after the procedure and is sometimes blood-tinged or dark and crusty.
If a biopsy is not required, the results of the colposcopy will be discussed with you immediately after the procedure. If a biopsy is taken, results take approximately one week. Your doctor will call you as soon as results are received. If you have not heard from us in one week, please contact us.
Treatment is never based on a Pap smear alone. A colposcopy is required to determine the appropriate course of action. Treatment recommendations are then determined by the extent and severity of the dysplasia.
Expectant Management (No treatment other than a repeat Pap): The most common outcome of a colposcopy is that you will have no precancerous cells, or mild dysplasia with no treatment required other than a follow-up Pap smear
LEEP: LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), also known as LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone). LEEP is the treatment of choice for women with persistent mild, moderate, or severe dysplasia. LEEP procedures are almost always done in the office using local anesthesia