Why do I need a colposcopy or vulvoscopy?
A colposcopy and vulvoscopy are diagnostic procedures that allow Dr. Brooks to evaluate your health. Both tests help him to narrow down the source of your medical issue so he can recommend the appropriate course of treatment.
What is a colposcopy?
Dr. Brooks typically recommends a colposcopy when the results of your Pap test suggest the presence of abnormal cells. A colposcopy is a quick procedure performed in Dr. Brooks’ office. The procedure gets its name from the magnifying device used, called a colposcope.
A colposcope affords Dr. Brooks an up-close view of the cells on your cervix and vaginal tissues. During a colposcopy, he may also take a biopsy, which is a small tissue sample that’s later sent to a lab for evaluation.
What should I expect during a colposcopy?
The process for a colposcopy is similar to a Pap test in that you undress from the waist down and recline on an exam table. Dr. Brooks slowly opens your vagina with a speculum.
He inserts the colposcope to evaluate your tissues and applies a vinegar-like solution to the areas he needs to study. This solution, which may feel a bit cold when he applies it, highlights abnormal tissues.
What if my colposcopy shows abnormal cells?
Dr. Brooks takes small biopsies of unusual-looking cells. The biopsy process is quick but may feel uncomfortable and cause minor cramps. Once he has taken the samples, Dr. Brooks applies a liquid-bandage solution. You may notice mild spotting afterward.
What is a vulvoscopy?
A vulvoscopy is similar to a colposcopy. It uses the same magnifying device, but in this case, the device helps to assess the health of your vulva, an area that includes your clitoris and labia.
Why would I need a vulvoscopy?
Dr. Brooks usually recommends this procedure if you’ve been experiencing some of the following symptoms in your vulva:
- Redness or changes in color
During your vulvoscopy, Dr. Brooks may take biopsies to help diagnose health conditions affecting the vulvovaginal area, including lichen sclerosus, sexual and gynecologic pain disorders, and much more.
If you’ve been experiencing pain or other symptoms in your vulva, or your Pap smear has shown signs of precancerous activity, call today or book a consultation online with Dr. Brooks at Arizona Specialized Gynecology.