Don't let the word "colposcopy" scare you because the procedure itself is simple and quick. Dr. Darshna Chandrasekhara performs this short outpatient exam at her office at Gateway OB/GYN in Irving, Texas. This specific exam helps to ensure your cervix is cancer-free. Call Gateway OB/GYN today or request an appointment online.
A colposcopy is a type of cervical cancer test that allows Dr. Chandrasekhara to get a close-up view of your cervix. A colposcopy allows her to check if you have any abnormal cell growth. This is often done if your previous pelvic exam or Pap test showed abnormalities.
Similar to a pelvic exam, you’ll lie down on your back on an exam table. Dr. Chandrasekhara will insert a speculum into your vagina and open it in order to separate the walls of your vagina for better viewing purposes. Next, Dr. Chandrasekhara will wash your vagina with a vinegar-like solution to help see the abnormal cells. She’ll view your cervix through a colposcope, a special instrument designed specifically for the purpose of a colposcopy. The device won’t touch you nor will it go inside your body at any time.A colposcope resembles binoculars on a stand with a bright light attached to magnify Dr. Chandrasekhara’s view.
If Dr. Chandrasekhara suspects there are abnormal cells present, she’ll perform a biopsy. This involves her taking a small sample of your tissues and sending it to a lab in order to be checked out properly. The colposcope and biopsy sampling usually only takes about ten minutes.
Patients typically describe their colposcopy experience to be somewhat pain-free. You can expect to feel slight pressure when Dr. Chandrasekhara inserts the speculum, as well as a little sting when she washes your cervix with the vinegar-like solution. If she decides to perform a biopsy, you might experience a little discomfort. Some patients describe this process feeling similar to a sharp pinch or a period cramp. It’s normal to have a little spotting, bleeding, or dark discharge from your vagina a few days following your biopsy.
You should try to schedule your colposcopy for when you won’t be on your period. This allows Dr. Chandrasekhara to view your vagina better. She also recommends abstaining from inserting anything into your vagina 24 hours before the procedure. This includes douching, tampons, and vaginal sex.
Dr. Chandrasekhara will answer any questions you might have regarding your colposcopy. She and her staff ensure quality care in a compassionate space. Call Gateway OB/GYN or schedule an appointment online today.