A colposcopy procedure is performed by your gynecological specialist to closely examine the cells in the cervix through a magnification device called a colposcope. This procedure is generally recommended when a Pap test yields abnormal results. The procedure allows your doctor to carefully inspect the tissues in your vagina and cervix and look for problems that may not be caught with the naked eye.
A colposcopy can be used to diagnose:
- Precancerous changes in the cervix
- Genital warts
- Inflammation of the cervix
The results of the procedure will take about a week to return. A colposcopy will give you and your doctor more information to help you make the best healthcare choices.