Here are some other things to keep in mind after your colposcopy and biopsy: You can shower or bathe as soon as you want. If you didn’t have a biopsy, you can have vaginal sex whenever you want. If you did have a biopsy, wait about 3 days to have vaginal sex.
How long after a colposcopy can you have sex?
- But don’t put anything inside your vagina — tampons, creams, etc. — and don’t have intercourse for at least 48 hours after your biopsy. What Are the Risks? Colposcopy is a routine procedure, and complications are rare, though you might be sore afterwards.
How long does it take for your cervix to heal after a colposcopy?
It takes four to six weeks for your cervix to heal. To reduce the risk of infection during this time, you should avoid sexual contact or wearing tampons. It is advisable to wear sanitary towels during this time. Have a shower rather than take a bath for six weeks following a treatment at colposcopy.
What can you not do after a colposcopy?
Do not insert anything into your vagina for at least one week after your colposcopy, unless your physician says it’s okay. Your cervix, vagina and vulva need time to heal. Do not douche or apply vaginal medication. If your menstrual period starts, use sanitary pads instead of tampons or a menstrual cup.
Is colposcopy considered surgery?
What is a colposcopy? A colposcopy (kol-POS-kuh-pee) is a method of examining the cervix, vagina, and vulva with a surgical instrument called a colposcope. The procedure is usually performed if the results of a Pap smear (the screening test used to identify abnormal cervical cells) are unusual.
Is a colposcopy serious?
A colposcopy is a safe and quick procedure. However, some women find it uncomfortable and a few experience pain. Tell the doctor or nurse (colposcopist) if you find the procedure painful, as they will try to make you more comfortable. A colposcopy is a safe procedure to have during pregnancy.
Do you need to rest after a colposcopy?
Unless you have a biopsy, there is no recovery time for colposcopy — you can go on with your normal daily activities right away. If you have a biopsy during your colposcopy, you may need to limit your activity while your cervix heals.
Should I be worried if I need a colposcopy?
When a colposcopy may be needed You may be referred for a colposcopy within a few weeks of cervical screening if: some of the cells in your screening sample are abnormal. the nurse or doctor who carried out the screening test thought your cervix did not look as healthy as it should.
Is it normal to smell after a colposcopy?
It is normal for a patient to have acidic/sour odor for a few days after the procedure. They may have the discharge for up to 2 weeks. But, if the discharge has a smelly or fishy odor, you probably have an infection and need to see the doctor to be treated for the same.
Do they numb you for a cervical biopsy?
The healthcare provider may numb the area using a small needle to inject medicine. He or she may use forceps (tenaculum) to hold the cervix steady for the biopsy. You may feel some cramping when the tenaculum is put in place. The amount of tissue removed and where it is removed depend on the type of biopsy.
How painful is a colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a simple procedure that takes less than 10 minutes. The procedure is typically not painful. It does not require local or regional anesthesia. Slight discomfort may be felt when a speculum is inserted into the vagina, which can be minimized by deep breathing during the procedure.
Do I need a colposcopy if I have HPV?
You can get an HPV test— if you haven’t already had one—to find out if you have a type of HPV that can increase your risk of getting cervical cancer. If you have one of these types, colposcopy is recommended.
How do you relax during a colposcopy?
Making a conscious effort to relax during your colposcopy can make a big difference. When you feel pain, discomfort or your body tightening up, breathe in deeply. Slowly, if possible. Hold your breath for a second, then slowly exhale.
What to expect after a colposcopy?
After the colposcopy You may experience some spotting or very light bleeding from your vagina in the next day or two. If you had a biopsy sample taken during your colposcopy, you may experience: Vaginal or vulvar pain that lasts one or two days. Light bleeding from your vagina that lasts a few days.
What can a colposcopy detect?
A colposcopy is used to find cancerous cells or abnormal cells that can become cancerous in the cervix, vagina, or vulva. These abnormal cells are sometimes called “precancerous tissue.” A colposcopy also looks for other health conditions, such as genital warts or noncancerous growths called polyps.