What you need to know about one of the most common gynecological procedures, colposcopies

Women’s health has shifted over the decades. As technology has improved diagnostic capabilities, our capacity for treatment and care has been greatly enhanced. However, even as testing and detection have improved, it doesn’t always mean women are actually taking control of their health. In fact, many women feel intimidated and scared of going to their gynecologist, for fear of having to face certain gynecological procedures. 

At Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics and Gynecology, we never want the fear and intimidation of gynecological procedures to come from a lack of knowledge or a dismissive doctor. We believe that physicians should take time and thought to address patient concerns, doubts, and questions. We believe in building a physician-patient relationship based on trust, education, and compassion.

Dr. Lona Sasser’s Obstetrics & Gynecology practice is dedicated to patient education and compassionate care. If you believe you are in need of gynecological procedures, or a gynecologist in general, schedule an appointment online today or by calling (954) 340-1050

Why so many women are scared of gynecological procedures

It’s not uncommon for women to avoid going to the gynecologist or just feel general dread and anxiety around the topic. Most of this is because there’s a lack of information. However, it’s so important to be informed. It helps take the fear out of the unknown and encourages women to take their health seriously. Gynecological procedures, like colposcopies, are common and an important step to help prevent cervical cancer. They are not to be feared, but rather, embraced so that you can get both preventative care and treatment all women deserve.

What to expect at my colposcopy appointment?

A colposcopy is a rather quick gynecological procedure (5-10 minutes) that helps your physician take a close look at your cervical cells to see if there is any presence of abnormal cells. It starts off much like a pelvic exam. Your gynecologist will have you lie down on the exam table, will place your legs on supports, and use a speculum to open your vaginal canal so that can are able to see in. 

After cleaning your cervix with a vinegar-like solution, they will use a colposcope (which looks like a microscope) to closely examine your cervix and decide if you need a biopsy. The biopsy can be taken from thet issue on the outside of the cervix, or from the inside of the cervical opening. 

What will the colposcopy results indicate?

If your doctor decides to take a biopsy during the colposcopy, they will then examine the cells collected. This biopsy helps detect if any of the abnormal cells are cancerous and if you need to do any follow-up tests or procedures. 

Will it be very painful?

Overall, it’s not painful. Most women describe a pinch or a period-like cramp sensation. It can feel uncomfortable having the speculum inside and just the unease of not knowing what’s happening. For this reason, our practice is to be as informative and compassionate during any procedures so that you do not feel scared by the unknown. 

If you are in the Coral Springs, Florida area and in need of gynecological procedures or just a gynecologist in general, contact Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology for the compassionate and thorough care you deserve. You can call 954-340-1050 or schedule an appointment online today!

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