General Obstetrics and Gynecology: Colposcopy
The Colposcopy Clinic at UF Health Jacksonville is specifically designed to evaluate
patients who have an abnormal Pap smear. Patients are referred to these clinics
by their physicians and are seen every Thursday in the Care Center for Women.
Frequently Asked Questions About Colposcopy
What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is a test where the doctor examines the inside of your vagina and takes
a gentle scraping of cells from your cervix. Women should get a Pap smear once a
year to screen for cervical dysplasia (pre-cancer) and cancer. Cervical cancer is
a common cancer among women and is easy to detect and treat in the early stages
What happens if my Pap smear is abnormal?
You will either be treated with antibiotics (for infection) or your Pap smear may
be repeated in three months (many times, a Pap smear will revert back to normal
on its own). Also, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a special test called
What is colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a special test in which the doctor puts a vinegar solution in your
vagina to highlight the abnormal areas and then looks at your cervix with a special
microscope. If any areas of pre-cancer are found, a biopsy may be taken from that
area. This may also include a special biopsy from the cervical (birth) canal called
an ECC. A biopsy provides a definite diagnosis that a Pap smear can not make.
What happens to me after my colposcopy?
You can usually return to work the same day. You may have some mild cramping and
some light bleeding for a few days, but taking ibuprofen or aspirin and using your
usual menstrual hygiene will relieve any discomfort. You should not have sex for
2-4 weeks after your biopsy.