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When should someone call their doctor after a colposcopy?

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  • Call your doctor right away if you show any signs of infection, such as: Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Heavy, yellow, stinky vaginal discharge
  • Severe pain in your lower abdomen that isn’t relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 7 days

There’s always a risk that test results are incorrect. It’s rare, but it happens. What's more, there’s a chance that abnormal cells can come back, even after your doctor removes them. That’s why it’s important to continue to get regular Pap smears and check-ups.

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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