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Colposcopy

If your routine pelvic examination shows cervical or vaginal problems or your Pap test is abnormal, your gynecologist may recommend a colposcopy.

What Does Colposcopy Involve?

This procedure requires the gynecologist to use an instrument with a magnifying lens and a light, called a colposcope, to examine your cervix and vagina for abnormalities. The colposcope magnifies the image many times, thus allowing your gynecologist to see the tissues on the cervix and vaginal walls more clearly. If any abnormal areas are seen, your physician will take a biopsy of the tissue.

This procedure is typically performed in your gynecologist's office.

Expert Care for Gynecologic Cancers

Jefferson gynecologic oncologists are among the best in the nation in treating women with both premalignant and malignant conditions of the reproductive organs. Those most commonly encountered conditions include ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers as well as such precancerous changes seen in women with abnormal Pap smears. Our physicians provide care for women at higher-than-usual risk for gynecologic cancer based upon a personal history.