How does a Colposcopy work?
During a colposcopy, you will lie on an examination table and a speculum will be inserted into your vagina for a better view of your cervix. Your obstetrician/gynaecologist will then use a colposcope, a lighted magnifying instrument, to examine your cervix and vagina walls. This instrument will not enter your body but it is positioned near the opening of your vagina.
The colposcope provides a magnified view of your cervix and vaginal walls which will help your obstetrician/gynaecologist identify any abnormalities. A solution may be applied to highlight any abnormal cells and/or biopsies may be taken (this involves removing a small piece of tissue).
The entire procedure may take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes.
What can I expect after Colposcopy procedure in Singapore?
A colposcopy can yield varying results depending on the findings.
Some possible outcomes you may expect include:
- Normal results: if no abnormal tissue is found during the colposcopy, it means that your cervix and vaginal wall appear healthy and no further treatment is needed. Your obstetrician/gynaecologist may recommend regular screenings in the future to monitor your cervical health.
- Abnormal results: if abnormal tissue is detected, biopsies may be taken for further analysis. The results of these biopsies will help determine the appropriate treatment, if necessary. It is important to follow-up with your obstetrician/gynaecologist to discuss the results and any recommended additional steps.
- Precancerous or cancerous cells: if the biopsies reveal precancerous or cancerous cells, further evaluation and treatment will be needed to manage the condition. Your obstetrician/gynaecologist will discuss treatment options with you and develop a plan tailored to your specific situation.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The number of colposcopy sessions needed varies depending on your specific situation. In some cases, a single colposcopy is sufficient for evaluation and diagnosis.
If further treatment is required, additional sessions may be necessary. Ultimately, the number of sessions needed will depend on factors such as the presence of abnormal tissue, the extent of your condition, and the recommended treatment plan.