Colposcopy Procedure in Naperville, IL
The purpose of a Colposcopy is to examine the cervix for indications of cervical cancer. In most cases, this procedure is performed on women whose pap test has returned abnormal results.
Dr. Kimberly Wright specializes in the testing and treatment of abnormal cells discovered during routine cervical testing. If you have any concerns or your recent pap test came back with abnormal results, contact The Wright Center for Women’s Health for further testing and treatment. To schedule your colposcopy procedure at our gynecology office in Naperville, IL, please call (630) 687-9595 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What is the Doctor Looking For?
The doctor will use an imaging device, called a colposcope, to look for irregular cervical tissue. A cervix with potentially cancerous tissue may have white patches, warts, polyps or swelling. In these instances, a sample will be taken and tested.
A healthy cervix will appear pink and smooth. If everything looks normal, additional tests may be needed to determine the cause of the irregular pap results.
Preparing for the Test
There is little preparation needed for a Colposcopy. However, before having this test performed, it is highly recommended that you:
- Abstain from sex 24 to 48 hours before the procedure.
- Do not insert any products, such as tampons, into your vagina.
- Ensure the procedure date does not fall during your period.
Will it Hurt?
Some discomfort may be felt when a mild solution is used to clean and dry the cervix, but the Colposcopy should not hurt since the colposcope does not touch you. If a sample is needed, you may feel a slight pinching feeling as tissue is collected. The Wright Center for Women’s Health offers the option of IV sedation to provide as much comfort as possible.
After the Procedure
For those who did not have a sample taken:
- No restrictions will be placed on your activity.
- Light bleeding or spotting may occur for a day or two.
For those who did have a sample taken:
- Avoid intercourse or using tampons for at least a week.
- Vaginal pain or discomfort may last a few days.
- Light bleeding may be present for a few days.
- You may notice dark vaginal discharge immediately following the Colposcopy.
Schedule Your Colposcopy Procedure in Naperville, IL
If you have had a pap smear with abnormal results, contact The Wright Center for Women’s Health to schedule a colposcopy for further testing and identification of cervical tissue. To schedule your colposcopy procedure at our gynecology office in Naperville, IL, please call (630) 687-9595 or request an appointment online.