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A colposcopy is a procedure to look for abnormal cells in your cervix and vagina. Your healthcare provider will use a colposcope, which is a small scope with a light on it.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:

You may need to return for more tests or to have abnormal cells removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Use a sanitary pad for any light bleeding. Ask when it is okay to use tampons, douche, or have sex. If you are pregnant, do not put anything in your vagina until your healthcare provider says it is okay. Avoid heavy lifting for 24 hours after your procedure, this will decrease your risk of bleeding.

Contact your healthcare provider or gynecologist if:

  • You have pain that does not go away, even after you take pain medicine.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have bleeding from your vagina that is heavier than your monthly period.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.