How Should I Prepare for a Colposcopy?

Q:

My Pap test result shows that my cervical cells go abnormal. The doctor asked me to have a colposcopy two days later. How should I prepare for it?

A:

A colposcopy is a type of health exam for women. Its purpose is to have a close look at a women’s cervix. The doctor uses a colposcope to see problems in the cervix that he can’t see with naked eyes. With this tool, the doctor can detect cervical cancer at an early stage.

It’s a short outpatient exam, so it can be done in a doctor’s office. Before the exam, you need to empty the bladder and bowels. Douche, intercourse, using vaginal medicines or tampons are forbidden 24 hours before it, or the result may be inaccurate. If you are pregnant, or are allergic to certain medicines, you must inform the doctor before the exam.

 

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