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How is a colposcopy done?

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Your doctor will have you lie on an exam table, and they'll use a speculum to keep your vagina open. Next, they'll dab a cotton swab in a vinegar-like solution and use it to wipe your cervix and vagina. It may burn a little, but it'll help them see any cells that don't look normal.

Then, they'll use the colposcope to examine your cervix and vulva.

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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