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Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Colposcopy (Overview)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts


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Cost of colposcopy?

Cost of colposcopy?

Ask your doc: Or planned parenthood clinic, the price can really vary depending on who does it and what state and there will also be a charge from the patholgy lab. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Crabb
433 doctors shared insights

Colposcopy (Overview)

It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts


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Does a colposcopy hurt?

Does a colposcopy hurt?

Not pleasant: But you will be sedated and likely be offered analgesia after. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a colposcopy like?

What is a colposcopy like?

Preventing Cancer: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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What all can a colposcopy show?

Preventing Cancer: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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What is involved with a colposcopy?

What is involved with a colposcopy?

Pelvic exam: It is the same basic set up as a pap smear but your doctor will look at your cervix with a microscope instead of the naked eye. They will use a couple of different dyes to bring out the cells of the cervix and take a small biopsy of any area looking abnormal. ...Read more

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How much does a colposcopy usually hurt?

How much does a colposcopy usually hurt?

Not too much: Well just looking at the cervix is not much worse than a routine exam. Biopsies certainly add some brief pain. Most patients tell me it was uncomfortable but not too bad. The discomforting parts probably add up to less than a minute of actually performing the biopsies. ...Read more

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How often do people wake up during colposcopy?

Always: Colposcopy is an exam to evaluate an abnormal pap smear. It is done in the office setting and the patient is always awake. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: colposcopy?

Colposcopy: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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How much time did it take for your colposcopy results?

Up to a week: If a biopsy is taken, it will have to go to the Pathology lab for processing and interpretation by the Pathologist. Depending upon the lab, this could a few days or even a week ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a colposcopy and does it hurt?

Could you explain what is a colposcopy and does it hurt?

Not very painful: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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I've got to have a colposcopy soon. How long does it take?

Usually quick: It depends, but usually it takes about 10 minutes. Sometimes faster, sometimes a bit longer. ...Read more

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How much does a colposcopy usually cost if you are not insured?

Varies: It depends on the place of course and what kind of testing becomes needed (specifically biopsies). An average might be $500. ...Read more

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How much time is it before you can excercise after a colposcopy?

Immediately: After a colposcopy you can exercise immediately, unless the colposcopy was performed in the context of a connotation of the cervix, in which case you will want to wait at least 2 weeks, and only after a doctor has given you clearance. ...Read more

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Are there any negative side affects, long term or short, to a colposcopy?

Very safe: Colposcopy is simply shining some light and placing some vinegar on the cervix to look for abnormal cells. Some women need a biopsy. These are very small excisions of tissue. A short term side effect would be spotting or bleeding. The biopsies are small and don't affect future fertility. The cervix heals quickly and in a few months one couldn't tell you had a biopsy, if you need one. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time following a colposcopy and when can I return to work full time?

Immediately: A colposcopy is usually done in the office. Its purpose is to look closely at the cervix for abnormal cells. If any abnormalities are seen, a biopsy can be done to rule out precancer or cancer. It's a very quick procedure and shouldn't keep you away from work. If a biopsy is done, spotting is expected for a day or so. This should not prevent you from working either. ...Read more

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Can I Masturbate After A Colposcopy?

Depends: You can stimulate your clitoris but I would recommend waiting 3-5 days before having any toys inserted in the vagina to prevent it from touching the cervix that would be healing after the biopsy ...Read more

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Does either a colposcopy or biopsy hurt?

A little: Colposcopy may cause a little discomfort associated with insertion of a speculum. Biopsy may be associated with some pain depending on your sensitivity. Please discuss your concerns with the doctor who will be performing the procedure so that s/he may take proper steps to reduce discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it okay to masturbate after a colposcopy?

Yes: This won't slow or otherwise interfere with healing. ...Read more

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Can a colposcopy have caused me to miscarry?

Can a colposcopy have caused me to miscarry?

Unlikely: We perform colposcopies in pregnancy and even in early pregnancy, a colposcopy should not cause a miscarriage unless an endocervical scraping was done aggressively. This would be unusual and not usually done with known pregnancies. So, if not pregnant at the time, the answer is no; and if pregnant at the time, it's unlikely to cause pregnancy loss. I'm sorry for your miscarriage. Take care. ...Read more

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When does a woman need a colposcopy and biopsy?

When does a woman need a colposcopy and biopsy?

Abnormal pap smear: Whenever certain abnormalities are noted on pap smears, a colposcopy and biopsy is indicated. This study allows for a better view of the uterine cervix and determination of the reason for the abnormal smear. ...Read more

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Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the colposcopy?

Usually not needed: There is typically no IV or needles for colposcopy. Occasionally your doctor may give a numbing injection but typically not. There is some cramping and pinching associated with a cervical biopsy which is often done during a colposcopy. ...Read more

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Are abnormal cells removed with a colposcopy biopsy?

Preventing Cancer: It's VERY important to get a colposcopy if your pap is abnormal. A colposcopy is a speculum exam where special stains and magnifying lenses are used to look for pre-cancers on your cervix. If there are abnormalities, your GYN will take a biopsy, which is uncomfortable, but lasts ...Read more

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What happens if I decide to douche after a colposcopy?

Douching causes inf: Never douche under any circumstances.It causes more problems than it helps. It also causes bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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How much does a colposcopy usually cost for cash patients?

How much does a colposcopy usually cost for cash patients?

Varies: It depends on the place of course and what kind of testing becomes needed (specifically biopsies). An average might be $500. ...Read more

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How soon can I wear a tampon after undergoing a colposcopy?

3-4 days: Assuming a simple biopsy was done, wait 3-4 days for it to heal. If no biopsy, you don't have to wait. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colposcopy and biopsy procedure?

One without the othe: Colposcopy is the procedure of using a microscope to exam the vagina and cervix under magnification when your pap smear is abnormal. If an abnormality is seen, then a biopsy is taken. ...Read more

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Why is it not allowed to use a tampon 24 hours before a colposcopy?

Harder to see...: During a colposcopy, your doctor will look at your cervix with a microscope. In order to see the abnormal areas, the cervix will be painted with vinegar. Abnormal areas turn slightly white and these areas are biopsied. A tampon can irritate the cervix and change its appearance making it difficult to tell normal from abnormal. Best wishes! ...Read more