What is a Colposcopy?
A colposcopy is performed by your gynecological specialist. This procedure is used to magnify and closely examine the vulva, vagina and cervix. A colposcopy is generally recommended when a Pap test comes back with abnormal results. Abnormal Pap results are often the result of HPV, or the human papillomavirus. The colposcopy procedure allows your doctor to carefully inspect the tissues in your vagina and cervix and look for problems that may not be caught with the naked eye. If your doctor sees a questionable area, the tissue is biopsied and sent to the pathologist.