Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Honolulu, HI & Kapolei, HI

If your Pap test is abnormal, Lynette W. Tsai, MD of Oahu OB/GYN, offer additional screening with a colposcopy to safeguard your health. They perform this quick procedure in the convenience of the Honolulu or Kapolei, Hawaii, office. The team also offers follow-up care, such as a cervical cone biopsy or loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Make an appointment for your colposcopy today by calling or booking a consultation online.

Colposcopy Q & A

What is a colposcopy?

If your Pap test reveals abnormal cells, your doctor at Oahu OB/GYN often suggests a colposcopy. This is a quick, outpatient procedure performed with a colposcope, a magnifying device inserted in your vagina. 

This device allows your doctor to take a close look at cells on your cervix or other tissues and take small tissue samples if need be. 

Why do I need a colposcopy?

A colposcopy helps the team at Oahu OB/GYN to evaluate changes in the cells in your reproductive tract. The procedure provides information in cases where you have:

  • An inflammation of your cervix
  • Precancerous changes in the tissue of your cervix or vagina
  • Genital warts

A colposcopy also helps to assess precancerous changes in your vulva, the exterior part of your genitals.

What happens during a colposcopy?

You have your colposcopy in the office at Oahu OB/GYN. When you arrive, you undress from the waist down, then recline on an exam table. Your provider gently opens your vagina with a speculum. This process may seem similar to getting a Pap smear. 

They insert the colposcope, a slim device, into your vagina. Your provider applies a vinegar-like solution to your cervix. This solution reveals any abnormal tissues. You may feel a cold sensation when the solution is applied.

If your provider sees unusual cells, they take small biopsies to send to a lab for testing. You may feel some discomfort or cramps as your provider takes tissue samples. When your colposcopy is complete, your provider applies a liquid-bandage solution. 

Does a colposcopy hurt?

You may feel mild pain or cramping, which typically goes away in 1-2 hours. A colposcopy doesn’t require stitches or special follow-up care. 

If your provider took tissue samples, you may experience spotting for a day or two. You want to avoid putting anything in your vagina, such as tampons, and abstain from sex for 48 hours to allow time for healing.

What if my colposcopy shows signs of cancer?

Your provider discusses your options if your test results show signs of severe abnormalities in your cells. They may discuss treatments, such as a cervical cone biopsy or LEEP. Oahu OB/GYN uses both procedures to remove abnormal tissues from your cervix.

If you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear or need a colposcopy, call the experienced team at Oahu OB/GYN today or book a consultation online.