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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A colposcopy is a procedure similar to a vaginal exam. The doctor will use a vinegar solution to swab the cervix. Using special glasses he or she can view any abnormalities. If needed, they may take a sample of tissue, otherwise known as a biopsy, for testing.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][box_header title=”How do I prepare for a colposcopy exam?” type=”h3″ bottom_border=”0″ animation=”0″ top_margin=”none”][vc_column_text]Plan to have the exam when you are not having a menstrual period. These exams are not done during a period. Also, do not douche or have sexual intercourse within 24 hours of the exam.

Because the cervix has little pain sensation, you will not need an anesthetic. Your provider will insert a speculum into your vagina. This is the same tool used during a Pap test. Your provider will do a Pap test and then use a swab to put the weak vinegar solution on your cervix or vagina. The solution will turn abnormal tissue white and show where a sample of tissue should be taken.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar top_margin=”none” sidebar_id=”sidebar-blog-2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]