Raffi Chalian, M.D. FACOG
Gynecologist & Oncologist located in Glendale, CA
A colposcopy is an in-office procedure that helps your doctor get biopsies of your cervix, vagina, or vulva if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test or other issues that warrant further evaluation. At the office of Raffi Chalian, M.D. in Glendale, California, you can get your essential colposcopy testing, results, and treatment all under one roof. Book your colposcopy and comprehensive exam with board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Chalian, by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly to book.
Colposcopy Q & A
Why do I need a colposcopy?
A colposcopy is a common follow-up test if you had an abnormal Pap smear or pelvic exam, or if you’re experiencing certain symptoms. You might need a colposcopy to help diagnose:
- Genital warts
- Precancer or cancer
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Abnormal Pap smears or abnormal bleeding
- Bleeding after intercourse
Colposcopy procedures are very safe and low-risk procedures and are one of the most effective ways to screen for early indicators of serious disease.
What happens during a colposcopy?
During your colposcopy, you lie back on the exam table and place your feet in stirrups, just as you would during a routine pelvic exam. Dr. Chalian inserts a small speculum into your vagina to hold open your vaginal walls.
The next step involves placing the colposcope near your vulva and shining a bright light down your vaginal canal. He uses the scope to get a clear view of your cervix.
Once the instruments are in place, Dr. Chalian gently swabs your cervix and vagina to clear away mucus and debris. He applies a small amount of a specialized solution to the area to help highlight any abnormal cells.
If Dr. Chalian deems any of your vaginal or reproductive tissues to be abnormal, he carefully removes a small tissue sample. He might need to repeat this step several times if you have several suspicious areas. In any case, the entire colposcopy procedure takes about 10-20 minutes.
How do I prepare for a colposcopy?
Proper timing and preparation are important for your colposcopy procedure at the office of Raffi Chalian, M.D. For instance, it’s important to avoid scheduling your colposcopy during your menstrual period. You should also:
- Avoid wearing tampons for about two days beforehand
- Skip douching or using vaginal creams for two days beforehand
- Avoid vaginal intercourse for at least 24 hours before your visit
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers right before your appointment (if recommended)
Depending on your specific procedure, Dr. Chalian could recommend avoiding strenuous activities and sexual intercourse for at least a couple days after your colposcopy. Once he gets your results back from the lab, he schedules you for a follow-up visit to discuss your results and talk about treatment options.
Schedule your colposcopy appointment at the office of Raffi Chalian, M.D. today. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic to schedule.