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

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

Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Colposcopy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Are there any long term risks with a colposcopy and biopsy like ability to carry a pregnancy full term in the future or anything else.?

Are there any long term risks with a colposcopy and biopsy like ability to carry a pregnancy full term in the future or anything else.?

No: Colposcopy alone or with biopsy will have no impact on future reproductive problems. Procedures deemed necessary as a result of information obtained from the colpo might have some impact. ...Read more

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I was scheduled for a follow up appointment after a colposcopy/ why didn't doctor talk to me in recovery?

Need results: During colposcopy, abnormal tissue is removed and then sent to lab. So the results are not immediately available. ...Read more

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How much time did it take for your colposcopy results?

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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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 time is it before you can excercise after a colposcopy?

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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When is the best time during my cycle to get a colposcopy done? And why?

Always: After your period starts, between when you are done bleeding and before the mid-cycle: it is impossible to miss an early pregnancy during this time. ...Read more

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How long will I bleed after an endometrial biopsy and colposcopy?

How long will I bleed after an endometrial biopsy and colposcopy?

May be a couple of: Days. Most biopsy sites should not bleed for more that a day or two. However, spotting may last longer depending on the reason for the biopsy. It would be prudent to ask your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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How long does bleeding usually last after colposcopy biopsy?

How long does bleeding usually last after colposcopy biopsy?

Brief: Scant bleeding a few days. If excessive, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I had sex 1 week after colposcopy what's the least wait time?

Depends: Did they do a biopsy? If they only looked and didn't biopsy, sex is fine whenever. If they did a biopsy, we usually tell patients 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How much time should I wait to have sex after having a colposcopy/biopsy?

How much time should I wait to have sex after having a colposcopy/biopsy?

At least until...: You get your results. There may be a chemical cautery medication applied to your cervix to help stop bleeding that can get rubbed off and cause new bleeding, make things messy, and potentially cause irritation for either you or your partner. ...Read more

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How long after a colposcopy can I get a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD placed?

How long after a colposcopy can I get a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD placed?

IUD placement: I would suggest waiting till either after treatment if an abnormality exists or at least 3 months till a repeat pap smear is performed. ...Read more

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How long after having a colposcopy can I get a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD inserted?

How long after having a colposcopy can I get a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD inserted?

A few weeks: You will want to know the results of the colposcopy before it, however, as it would be counter productive to insert an iud if your colposcopy showed cancerous changes. A few weeks is typical. ...Read more

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How long after a colposcopy can I get IUD inserted?

How long after a colposcopy can I get IUD inserted?

Immediately: It could be done at the same appointment, but you're probably better off waiting for the results of the colposcopy. If the latter suggests you need another, invasive procedure, the iud may have to come out. ...Read more

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How long does bleeding usually last after a colposcopy with a biopsy?

How long does bleeding usually last after a colposcopy with a biopsy?

Less than a day: Usually it is very light and less than a day. It helps to rest if you are having more bleeding and contact your doctor. ...Read more

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ASCUS diagnosed, do I have to wait 6 months for cells to return to normal, or can I order a colposcopy right away?

Possibly: Many times an ASCUS is simply due to an infection or inflammation. It is important to see if the HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, result is positive or negative. That will give you more data on whether you want to aggressively request a colposcopy. ...Read more

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How long till you can have sex after a colposcopy?

Varies: Most women do not need to refrain from relations after a colposcopy, even if biopsies were taken. You should only wait if your doctor told you to at the time of the procedure. ...Read more

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I had a colposcopy and the doct used vinegar and iodine solutions. I have a brown coagulated tissue-like discharge. Normal? How long should this last?

I had a colposcopy and the doct used vinegar and iodine solutions. I have a brown coagulated tissue-like discharge. Normal? How long should this last?

Normal: It was vineger and iodine to make the lesions show up better, then after the put an orange-colored rusty substance to help stop bleeding. You can gently rinse it out in the shower with a finger and water and then you won't have a week or more of random orange-staining goo coming out. Good look, and ALWAYS were condoms so you won't have to go through this again. ...Read more

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How long after a colposcopy biopsy should I wait to have sex? Its been 6 days since then

How long after a colposcopy biopsy should I wait to have sex? Its been 6 days since then

Should be ok now: There are small sore spots on your cervix from the biopsies that should have healed by now. It's unlikely that you will re-open the sores and cause bleeding. Unfortunately, you may have some yucky discharge from the chemical we use on the biopsy spots, but that's about it. Even if you do have some light bleeding or spotting, it's not dangerous, just wait another week before trying again. ...Read more

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I just had a colposcopy last month & just found out I'm pregnant. Will that and a previous miscarriage affect me this time? What are the chances

I just had a colposcopy last month & just found out I'm pregnant. Will that and a previous miscarriage affect me this time? What are the chances

Small: General anesthesia is a known risk factor for miscarriage, but chances are small. Whether you had a previous miscarriage is unlikely to affect your likelihood of another this time. ...Read more

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I have a second colposcopy scheduled in a few months, as abnormal cells haven't gone away. Would it be dangerous to get pregnant in that time?

Not dangerous but…: It is not dangerous to get pregnant with an abnormal pap smear. But my advice would be to get the colposcopy done soon so that you know if there's an issue that needs to be addressed prior to pregnancy. A colposcopy is a simple office procedure that can be done very quickly. There is no reason to delay it a few months. ...Read more

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Just found out not too long ago that I had an abnormal pap smear do I have to have a colposcopy?

Depends: There are various grades of abnormalities in pap smears. Mild abnormality, especially if you are hpv negative, may be followed by repeat pap. More severe abnormality may prompt colposcopy and biopsy. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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I have had a colposcopy done almost 3 weeks ago and they took 3 biopsies of my cervix, how long does it usually take for the results?

1 week: Depending on the location of the practice and the lab used, it should be no longer that one to two weeks to get back a biopsy report. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had a colposcopy done almost 3 weeks ago and they took 3 biopsies of my cervix. How long does it usually take for the results?

Depends on lab: The results can sometimes take up to a few weeks to get back. Our results usually take 7-10 days, but it's different everywhere. I would call your clinic and "remind" them you are still awaiting results. ...Read more

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Colposcopy done with vinegar and iodine solutions. 2 biopsies taken. Having brown coagulated and tissue-like discharge. Normal? How long will it last?

Colposcopy discharge: We often will use silver nitrate or something call Monsell's solution, which is a brownish paste, to stop the bleeding from the biopsy. You may see this discharge for up to about a week. ...Read more