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After the Colposcopy Procedure
Following the colposcopy, you should wear a sanitary pad. Small amounts of bleeding may occur for 3-5 days. You may see on the pad dark, fluid material, sometimes green, resembling coffee grounds. The fluid is normal because you are expelling the solutions used during the exam. However, you should avoid douching, sexual intercourse, vaginal medications, or tampons until the bleeding stops.
Next Steps after Colposcopy
Your doctor uses several findings to determine results of the procedure. The acetic acid causes areas of abnormality on the cervix to stand out. Biopsies undergo microscopic inspection at a pathology lab, often with special chemicals. A pathologist will determine normal cells from abnormal cells and send a report to your doctor.
You may have to wait several days for lab results. Your doctor will discuss the findings with you either during an office visit or by telephone. If you do not have the results within 2-3 weeks, call your doctor, unless other arrangements have been made.
When to Seek Medical Care for Colposcopy Complications
Call your doctor if any of the following occur:
With colposcopy, complications requiring emergency care are rare. If you experience severe abdominal or pelvic pain, dizziness, uncontrolled bleeding or fever, seek immediate help at the nearest hospital's emergency department.
Medically reviewed by Martin E. Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2016
Diamond Vrocher III, MD
Mark J Lowell, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Steven L Bernstein, MD
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