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How can I prepare for a colposcopy?

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Don’t put anything inside your vagina -- like creams, for example. This will make it hard for your doctor to see your cervix. Don’t use tampons or have vaginal intercourse for a few days before.  Call your doctor to reschedule if your period is heavy on the day of your appointment. Also, let her know if you’re taking medicines that thin your blood. Also let your doctor know if you’re pregnant. 

From: What’s a Colposcopy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Colposcopy (Beyond the Basics).”

Cigna.com: “Pap Test: Should I Have Colposcopy if My Pap Test Shows Minor Cell Changes?”

Mayo Clinic: “Colposcopy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Colposcopy (Beyond the Basics).”

Cigna.com: “Pap Test: Should I Have Colposcopy if My Pap Test Shows Minor Cell Changes?”

Mayo Clinic: “Colposcopy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

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