Colposcopy in Houston, TX

Colposcopy Specialist

A colposcopy can provide essential information about the health of the vaginal and cervical tissues, especially following an abnormal Pap test.

Our practitioners at Northwest Women's Center will provide you with the right treatment fit for your needs.

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Colposcopy is an in-office exam that uses a special scope called a colposcope to closely examine the vaginal canal and the cervix (the uterine opening). The colposcope uses a light and a magnifier to make it easier for the doctor to examine these tissues and to look for areas of abnormal tissue that may need to be biopsied so they can be examined in a lab.

Colposcopies are most commonly ordered when a Pap test or an HPV test yields an abnormal result. The colposcopy can enable the doctor to see the vaginal canal and cervix more closely and to obtain tissue samples for further evaluation so the most appropriate treatment can be provided. It may also be performed to assess abnormalities noticed during a routine pelvic exam.

Colposcopy is performed right in the office during a regular pelvic exam. After the vagina has been gently widened using a speculum, a special solution is applied to the vaginal canal and cervix. This solution acts to highlight areas of abnormal tissue so they’re easier to identify. Then the colposcope is positioned at the opening of the vagina and focused on the tissues lining the canal and the cervix. If an abnormal area is identified, special instruments can be used to gently remove a small portion of cells or tissue for additional evaluation under a microscope. The colposcope itself is not placed inside the vagina but used instead to shine a light on the vagina and provide magnification when examining the tissues inside the vagina and on the surface of the cervix.

The team at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX, performs colposcopy right in the office in an exam that typically takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

What our patients are saying

"I have been a patient of Dr. White going on 4 years (both for OB and GYN). He and his nurses are fantastic. He has an excellent bedside manner and actually takes time to listen to complaints and offers valid solutions.  He is not a pill pusher so if this is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. Anytime I have called with questions/concerns, I receive a call-back within one hour.  This is impressive considering how busy they are. I have also not had any problems with front desk staff" - Angelle V.

Patients can resume their regular activities immediately afterward. If a biopsy was taken, there may be some spotting or light bleeding which can be controlled with a pad. Mild cramping may also occur.

Patients may be instructed to avoid baths, intercourse, douching and tampons while the biopsied area heals, a process that takes just a few days.

When tissue samples are taken, the results of the lab analysis should be ready within two to three weeks.

A colposcopy is generally not painful for most people. During the procedure, you may feel mild discomfort or pressure similar to a Pap smear.

Remember that the colposcope itself does not touch you. It is simply a viewing instrument.

If a biopsy is taken, you might feel a sharp pinch or cramping. However, most patients report that any pain is brief and manageable. Breathing deeply and staying relaxed can help minimize discomfort.

A close-up shot of a woman sitting on an exam table before a colposcopy procedure Preparation for a colposcopy is straightforward. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Schedule Appropriately: Try to avoid scheduling your colposcopy during your menstrual period. This might make the procedure less comfortable and the results harder to interpret.
  • Avoid Vaginal Products: For 24 to 48 hours before the procedure, do not use tampons, vaginal creams, or medications. Also, avoid douching or having sexual intercourse.
  • Pain Relief: About 30 minutes before your appointment, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce discomfort.
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing. You will be asked to undress from the waist down. Wearing a skirt or dress can make changing easier.

Yes, you can eat before a colposcopy. There are no fasting requirements for this procedure. 

Eating a light meal beforehand can actually help you feel more comfortable. It may prevent any potential lightheadedness or dizziness.

Yes, you can drive yourself home after a colposcopy. The procedure does not involve sedation or anesthesia that would impair your driving ability. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

If you feel particularly anxious, you might prefer to have someone accompany you for support. 

The frequency of colposcopy depends on your individual medical situation.

If your colposcopy results are normal, you may not need another one unless your Pap smear results are atypical in the future. On the other hand, if abnormal cells are found, your doctor might recommend follow-up colposcopies. This will allow them to monitor the situation or to check the effectiveness of any treatments. 

In some cases, a colposcopy might be recommended annually or more frequently. This is particularly likely if you have a history of significant cervical abnormalities, such as inflammation or growths.

Your healthcare provider at Northwest Women's Center will share personalized recommendations based on your circumstances and customized to your health needs. 

Why Choose Northwest Women’s Center?

Northwest Women's Center is a leading Houston obstetrics and gynecology practice. The facility is known for its commitment to providing state-of-the-art, patient-centered care tailored to the unique needs of every patient who walks through its doors.

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The providers at Northwest Women's Center are highly skilled in offering comprehensive care to women of all ages, from puberty through menopause. They emphasize well-woman exams to ensure optimal health at every life stage and have an impressive reputation, with over 10,000 patient reviews and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Schedule Your Colposcopy Appointment Today!

If you are looking for more information or would like to schedule an appointment with Northwest Women’s Center, call us today at 281.444.3440.

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What happens in a consultation?

01. Get to know your Northwest Women’s Center physician.

02. Discuss your unique goals and concerns.

03. Receive a personalized procedure plan.

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