Colposcopy

Colposcopy Specialist
A colposcopy procedure is an excellent diagnostic tool that’s used to take a closer look at your reproductive organs, as well as take tissue samples for biopsy. Dr. Khadra M. Osman, OB/GYN at Fort Lauderdale Women Care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have extensive experience in performing colposcopies, which provide regular preventive care for your reproductive health.

Colposcopy Q & A

Fort Lauderdale Women Care

What is a colposcopy?


A colposcopy is a procedure that allows close examination of your vagina, cervix, and vulva to detect any conditions or diseases. If either Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches finds anything abnormal, she may take a biopsy, or tissue sample, during the procedure for further study under a microscope.

Why do I need a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is usually recommended if your Pap smear results or pelvic exam showed the presence of abnormal cells on your cervix. A colposcopy is the next step in detecting or diagnosing the following:

  • Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV
  • Cervicitis, or inflammation of your cervix
  • Precancerous changes in your cervix, vagina, or vulva

The most common reason why your cells may reveal abnormalities is due to HPV, and a colposcopy can confirm its presence while ruling out other more serious conditions.

Ultimately, a colposcopy is a valuable tool for detecting precancerous conditions and viruses, allowing you the opportunity to treat the condition early, which increases your chances of successfully battling the disease.

What does a colposcopy entail?

A colposcopy is performed with a colposcope, which provides an illuminated and magnified view of your cervix and surrounding areas. The entire in-office procedure, which takes 10 to 20 minutes, typically follows these steps:

  • Your OB/GYN inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold your vaginal walls back
  • The colposcope is threaded through the speculum
  • The illuminated colposcope provides the doctor with a magnified view of the area through a special lens
  • Your OB/GYN swabs your cervix and vagina to clear away mucus for a better view

If, during the examination, Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches detect anything suspicious, they’ll collect a sample of your tissue to perform a biopsy. This procedure can cause mild discomfort as the instrument cuts away the tissue sample, but the pain resolves itself quickly with the use of simple over-the-counter medications. The doctor may first apply a topical numbing agent if she wants to take a lower vaginal tissue sample.

Once the tissue sample has been examined, Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches reviews the results with you and, if necessary, makes recommendations for additional steps.

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