Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

Learning that the results of your recent Pap smear are abnormal can be scary. To help ease your fears, the staff at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, offers in-office colposcopy testing to evaluate your reproductive health following an abnormal Pap smear or unexplained vaginal pain or bleeding. The experienced doctors can also perform in-office biopsies during your colposcopy so you get the answers you need as soon as possible. Find out more about the benefits of a colposcopy today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.

Colposcopy Q & A

What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a minimally invasive procedure the medical team at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, uses to examine your vagina, cervix, and vulva for signs of disease.

You may need a colposcopy if you have unexplained vaginal bleeding or pain, or if you receive abnormal test results from a Pap test. These results can mean you have:

  • Polyps
  • Genital warts 
  • Cervical inflammation

An abnormal Pap test can also indicate you have cancerous cells or precancerous changes in the cells that increase your risk for cancer of the cervix, vagina, or vulva.

What’s involved in a colposcopy?

Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, offers in-office colposcopies for your comfort. You can expect to relax on an exam table with your feet in stirrups, similar to a pelvic exam.

Your doctor inserts a colposcope, a magnifying instrument that allows them to see your inner structures up close. They may need to clear away mucus with a special solution, which can also make suspicious cells more noticeable.

You may feel some discomfort as your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider moves the colposcope around. The solution can also cause a mild burning or tingling sensation.

If your doctor notices abnormal cells, they can perform a biopsy during your colposcopy. This involves the removal of a small sample of tissue that a medical lab analyzes further to determine if you have cancer.

How long does it take to recover from a colposcopy?

Since a colposcopy requires no incisions or anesthesia, you can return to your usual routine after your procedure.

Following your colposcopy, it’s normal to experience some light bleeding for a day or two. If your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider also does a biopsy, you may have dark vaginal discharge.

You can use a pad in the days after your colposcopy but should avoid using tampons or douche. Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider may suggest limiting intercourse for a period of time.

If recent results of your Pap smear were abnormal and you need a colposcopy, schedule a consultation today with the OB/GYNs at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, by phone or by using the online booking feature.