Taos Whole Health is proud to support your reproductive wellness by offering in clinic colposcopy.
Colposcopy is a procedure to closely examine the cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease. Doctors may recommend a colposcopy if a Pap test or pelvic exam has revealed abnormalities.
Colposcopy can be used to diagnose:
Inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis)
Precancerous changes in the tissue of the cervix
Precancerous changes in the tissue of the vagina
Precancerous changes of the vulva
Preparing for a Colposcopy
Patients should avoid scheduling during their menses, and refrain from vaginal intercourse, tampon use, and vaginal medications the day or two before the colposcopy. It is recommended that patients take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, prior to their colposcopy appointment.
The procedure lasts 10 to 20 minutes and there are no restrictions following the exam.