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Why does someone need a colposcopy?

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  • If your doctor has reason to believe something may not be quite right with your cervix, she may recommend a colposcopy. Some of these reasons might include: Your Pap results were abnormal.
  • Your cervix looks abnormal during a pelvic exam.
  • Tests show you have the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
  • You have unexplained bleeding or other problems. Your doctor can use a colposcopy to diagnose cervical cancer, genital warts, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer, as well. Once your doctor gets the results from your colposcopy, he’ll know whether or not you need further tests.

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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