What Is a Colposcopy?

At Rose Women's Health, Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau can provide many high-quality healthcare and diagnostic processes that can improve your health and minimize many complications. For example, we can provide a colposcopy for Arcadia, CA, women who need it. But what exactly is this procedure? Let's break it down to make it clearer and easier to understand.

What Is This Procedure?

This process is a simple procedure that will examine your vulva, cervix, and vagina to track various health issues. It requires a special instrument (colposcope) that helps to track various problems throughout your reproductive organs. Typically, your doctor recommends this procedure if your Pap test has abnormal results and they want a biopsy of tissues in the area.

Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau understand that this might sound scary to many women: however, it's a standard process used for years to gauge multiple health problems. Over the years, innovations in vaginal health diagnostics and treatments have streamlined this process further and made it even more effective and safe.

How Does It Help You?

Now that you know what a colposcopy is, it's important to know exactly how it benefits you. It's a diagnostic procedure that can help track many potential health issues and ensure that your reproductive health is as strong as possible. Concerns that it can help gauge include:

  • Genital warts and how far they've spread through your vaginal area 
  • Potential inflammation issues throughout the cervix
  • Precancerous tissues throughout the cervix, vagina, and vulva
  • Other vaginal health concerns, including persistent infections 

If any abnormalities are found, Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau will create a treatment process to help you. For instance, they may remove precancerous tissues or provide wart treatment that can improve your health and mitigate any serious risks.

Can You Prepare For This Process?

Before your procedure, it's important to take several steps that can minimize any complications. Thankfully, these simple preparation methods aren't that complicated but do require a careful approach that can minimize any issues and ensure things go smoothly:

  • Try to avoid getting your treatment during your period 
  • Don't have vaginal intercourse for at least a day or two before your procedure 
  • Avoid tampons a day or two before your therapy 
  • Stop taking vaginal medications for the day or two up to your care 
  • Take a simple painkiller, like ibuprofen, before your therapy

Get The Support You Deserve

At Rose Women's Health, Dr. Rose and Dr. Gau can provide a colposcopy for Arcadia, CA, residents that can catch many health problems. Are you ready to get this care? Contact us at (626) 461-7071 to learn even more about how this procedure can benefit you.

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