Preparation for a colposcopy is similar to preparing for any gynecological exam.
- You should schedule an exam when you are not menstruating.
- Avoid douching, sexual intercourse, vaginal medications, and tampons for 24 hours before the exam.
- If you are not allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol), your doctor may recommend taking some for pain 1 hour before the procedure. Aspirin or ibuprofen may also be used, but may increase bleeding from the procedure due to these drugs' anti-platelet effect.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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