FAQs about Colposcopy

Have you heard about Colposcopy? Did you know someone who went through this medical procedure? This blog is about a humble story about my experiences regarding Colposcopy. The aim is to share information regarding this medical procedure, which is commonly done to 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

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).

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Does Colposcopy hurt?

Honestly, it does not hurt, but I was nervous and uncomfortable during the procedure. I can feel the speculum being inserted into my vagina, which made me more even uncomfortable. Also, seven or eight doctors (if my memory served me correctly) tried to study me and my condition, which adds to my anxiety. But they are all accommodating and friendly. 

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I did my Colposcopy in a government hospital; hence, too many doctors were involved during my procedure. Some were simply watching, observing, and asking the medical lead handling my case. I went to a government hospital for my Colposcopy due to financial restraints. But if you can book an expert doctor from a private hospital, she can do the procedure in her clinic alone or with minimal help from her nurse or assistant.

They also used vinegar to do a “vinegar test” and then did a punch biopsy (took some tissue from my cervix where they have seen some abnormalities). I would say that the punch biopsy hurts a bit. It feels like someone has tweak your skin.

What happens after a Colposcopy?

My doctor prescribed me some medicine to stop the bleeding due to the punch biopsy and some pain relievers. I remember buying Hemostan (Tranexamic Acid) and Mefenamic Acid. I also experienced some dark discharge for about 4-5 days and some lower abdominal pains during the first 1-2 days but were manageable since I have 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 no discharge nor experiencing painful abdominal cramps.

Is colposcopy risky, are there any implications?

Colposcopy is safe, although there are 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.

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To Conclude

There you have it, Lounger! I hope you had grabbed an idea and a bit of understanding about Colposcopy. It may sound overwhelming at first but trust me! It’s not complicated. And it is best for you as a woman! As a woman, changes in our body knock our door surprisingly and forced us to do medical procedures that make us uncomfortable. But, again, don’t be afraid because the truth about your health is what you need to know. On the other side, if you are a man reading this, speak with your partner and help your partner. I swear, it is the best for both of you.

References: MayoClinic

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