What is Colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a type of investigative imaging used by your doctor to look at your cervix and vagina. It uses a small, magnified camera to diagnose conditions and recommend treatment options. Vaginoscopy and Vulvoscopy can also be undertaken using the same equipment.
Any lesions or itchiness involving the vulva or vagina should be investigated - they may indicate a benign skin lesion such as lichen sclerosis, a pre-cancer change, or a cancer.
Why would I need a colposcopy?
Colposcopies have a wide range of uses, and your doctor may recommend one for a variety of reasons. It may be used to:
- Follow-up on an abnormal cervical screening test
- Investigate causes for pain/fertility concerns
- Help provide a diagnosis for a wide variety of conditions (such as STDs or gynaecological cancers)
How is a colposcopy done?
At Toowoomba Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we try to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your colposcopy. Here’s what you can expect at your appointment.
- You arrive at your appointment and get settled in. Once you arrive at the clinic, our friendly receptionists will welcome you
- Dr Lanziz Homar will call you into the examination room – he’ll walk you through what your colposcopy will include and ask you to sit on the examination chair. The chair will be adjusted electronically so you are reclining comfortably.
- A speculum is used to open up your vagina – this gives the doctor a clear view of your cervix and vagina
- Your cervix is washed with vinegar-like solution – this helps Dr Homar see any abnormal cells.
- A green light will be used to gain further information about the issue.
- A biopsy might be taken – this involves removing a small patch of skin or cervical tissue, and it might feel a little uncomfortable. Dr Homar will send it to a lab for testing
- Discussion – Dr Homar will let you know if you need immediate further action and will be able to answer any questions you have.
- You can go home! – We will be in touch to make a follow up appointment and give you your results.
Toowoomba Obstetrics and Gynaecology is proud to provide colposcopy using the Gracie HD Examination couch, a state-of-the-art examination chair designed to capture high-quality imaging for optimal diagnosis while providing maximum patient comfort.
What happens if a colposcopy is abnormal?
If your colposcopy shows abnormal results, the doctor will let you know and help you make an appointment to discuss your findings.
If a treatment is needed, Dr Homar will discuss the procedure with you including the benefits and the possible risks before proceeding.
What happens after?
After your colposcopy, you can drive home as soon as you feel ready. You may experience some discomfort and light spotting or discharge for a few days afterward (especially if a biopsy is taken), and you should avoid spas, penetrative sex, and physical exercise for at least 72 hours afterwards. Your doctor will let you know if extra aftercare instructions need to be followed, and will be in touch with the results when they are ready.
This is a skin condition that makes patches of skin look white, thickened and crinkly. It manifests by chronic itchiness often affecting the skin around the vulva or anus.
how is Lichen Sclerosus treated?
Unfortunately there is no cure, but the condition can be managed.
At TOAG we will help you to manage your symptoms through the use of medicated creams or surgery. We also work with other specialists to provide laser therapy if needed (Monalisa touch).