Have you heard about colposcopy? Did you know someone who went through this medical procedure? This blog is a humble story about my experiences regarding colposcopy. The aim is to share information regarding this medical procedure, which is commonly done on women who have problems with their cervix and or experiencing unusual bleeding. So, let me share some questions and answers that I have found, gathered, and dealt with.
FAQs about Colposcopy
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What is Colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a valuable medical diagnostic procedure to closely examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of severe diseases like cancer. An Ob-gyn uses a particular instrument called a colposcope. My Ob-gyn recommended this procedure because she has seen abnormal results during my Pap smear test. Also, during colposcopy, a doctor will collect tissue for lab testing (for Biopsy).
Does colposcopy hurt?
To be honest, it doesn’t hurt, but I was nervous and uncomfortable during the procedure. I could feel the speculum inserted into my vagina, making me feel even more uneasy. Eight OB-gyn doctors (if my memory serves me correctly) were in the procedure room throughout, which increased my anxiety. They are, however, all accommodating and friendly.
To save money, I had my colposcopy in a government hospital, so there were a lot of doctors involved in my procedure. Some were simply watching, observing, and questioning the medical lead in charge of my case. However, suppose you can book an expert doctor from a private hospital. In that case, she will be able to perform the procedure in her clinic alone or with minimal assistance from her nurse or assistant.
They also performed a “vinegar test” and then a punch biopsy. They took some tissue from my cervix, where they saw abnormalities. The punch biopsy hurt because they had to quickly pinch you to get a tissue. One of the doctors inserted a medical gasa into my vagina to absorb the blood from my cervix caused by the punch biopsy. It took her about five minutes to remove it, and everything was finished.
What happens after a Colposcopy?
My doctor prescribed me some pain relievers and medication to stop the bleeding caused by the punch biopsy. I bought Hemostan (Tranexamic Acid) and Mefenamic Acid. I also had some dark discharge for about 4-5 days and some lower abdominal pains for the first 1-2 days, which were manageable because I had pain relievers.
Can I work after a Colposcopy?
Yes, you can do your normal activities like driving, going to the office for work the next day, and continue your everyday life. I did, Lol. The only thing you cannot do is to have vaginal sex with your partner, at least for an entire week or two, until you are clean and have no discharge or experiencing painful abdominal cramps.
Is colposcopy risky, and are there any implications?
Colposcopy is safe, although there are a few risks such as heavy bleeding, infection, and pelvic pain. So, I will advise you to consult your doctor and do this procedure only with certified doctors. Also, always seek advice from your doctor if there are symptoms like excessive bleeding, chills, fever, or abnormal pains after the procedures.
How will I prepare for the procedure?
My doctor and I scheduled the procedure three days after my period. It means you must be clean during the colposcopy, not bleeding or anything. You did not have any vaginal intercourse two days before the colposcopy. And don’t use tampons two days before the procedure. Also, don’t use vaginal medications two days before your schedule. It’s better to wear a dress or skirt instead of pants or shorts during your medical procedure for your convenience.
When can I get the results?
It will take at least 15 business days or more to get the results.
How to cope with the anxiety while waiting for the results?
I was anxious during the wait. I waited for a month! For some reason, the hospital missed calling me though I have given them my valid and correct contact details. So I just went there personally to get my results.
During the wait, I avoid thinking about it. I boosted my spirituality by reading scriptures, watching motivational and inspirational speeches and films. I made myself busy. You must feed your mind with positivity and train your mindset to accept whatever the result is because it’s for your good. You can also speak to your loved ones about it, and indeed, they will help you cease the anxiety.
I hope you gained some insight and understanding of colposcopy. It may seem intimidating at first, but trust me! It’s not complicated. And it’s best for you as a woman.
Changes in our bodies unexpectedly knock on our door as women, forcing us to undergo medical procedures that make us uncomfortable. But, once again, don’t be scared. The truth about your health is all you need to know. Conversely, if you are a man reading this, talk to your partner and help your partner. It’s the best thing for both of you, I swear.
Keep safe and healthy, Lounger!
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