What is Colposcopy

A colposcopy is a way to get a close-up view of the cervix. It is used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix and the area near the cervix. During a colposcopy procedure, a health care provider uses a colposcope — an instrument that looks like binoculars with a bright light mounted on a stand.

What should I do to prepare for a colposcopy?

Preparing for a colposcopy is simple. Schedule your colposcopy procedure for when you will not have your period. You may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the exam to reduce the chance of discomfort. Ask your health care provider in advance to recommend a pain reliever. Do not douche, use tampons, put medications in your vagina, or have vaginal intercourse for at least 24 hours before the procedure.

Where can I get a colposcopy?

You can get a colposcopy at many Planned Parenthood health centers, or at a clinic or private health care provider.