Does a colposcopy leave scars?

Most of the time, the cervix heals completely and a faint area of scarring, which is visible at colposcopy, is left around the os.

Can a cervical biopsy cause scar tissue?

In addition, cone biopsies may increase the risk for infertility and miscarriage. This is because of the changes and scarring in the cervix that may happen from the procedure.

How long does it take for your cervix to heal after a colposcopy?

It takes four to six weeks for your cervix to heal. To reduce the risk of infection during this time, you should avoid sexual contact or wearing tampons. It is advisable to wear sanitary towels during this time. Have a shower rather than take a bath for six weeks following a treatment at colposcopy.

How long does it take to heal from colposcopy biopsy?

Following the procedure, a person should feel fine as soon as it is over. Light spotting or cramping may occur, but people can continue with their daily activities and do not need to avoid vaginal sex. However, if the doctor performed a biopsy, it can take 1–2 days to recover.

What are the after effects of a colposcopy?

After a colposcopy you may have some mild pain, similar to period pain, for a few days. Taking a painkiller such as paracetamol can help. You are also likely to have some bleeding and discharge from your vagina. If you had a colposcopy only, then the bleeding and discharge may pass after a few days.


How serious is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a safe and quick procedure. However, some women find it uncomfortable and a few experience pain. Tell the doctor or nurse (colposcopist) if you find the procedure painful, as they will try to make you more comfortable. A colposcopy is a safe procedure to have during pregnancy.

Can a colposcopy cause damage?

It isn't common to have problems after a colposcopy and biopsy. Rare risks include bleeding or an infection that needs treatment. Call your doctor or nurse if you have: bleeding that's heavier than spotting — unless you think it's your period.

Does your cervix grow back after colposcopy?

Yes. During the four- to six-week recovery time, new healthy tissue grows on your cervix to replace the removed abnormal tissue.

What not to do after colposcopy?

Do not douche, have sexual intercourse, or use tampons for 1 week if you had a biopsy. This will allow time for your cervix to heal. You can take a bath or shower anytime after the test.

Why do I smell after a colposcopy?

It is normal for a patient to have acidic/sour odor for a few days after the procedure. They may have the discharge for up to 2 weeks. But, if the discharge has a smelly or fishy odor, you probably have an infection and need to see the doctor to be treated for the same.

Will I need time off work after a colposcopy?

After your colposcopy appointment

You can leave the hospital as soon as you feel ready. You can go to work or do any other activities as usual, although you may prefer to rest.

Are you more fertile after a colposcopy?

Treatments to remove precancerous cervical lesions don't seem to affect a woman's ability to become pregnant, new research found. The use of diagnostic colposcopy and biopsy and other procedures to diagnose and treat precancerous cervical lesions does not appear to decrease a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.

Can HPV come back after colposcopy?

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But going for your follow up appointments helps your colposcopy team keep a close eye on HPV and any cell changes, so they can make sure you get the right care. Having persistent HPV does not mean you will always have cell changes, or that they will keep coming back.

Does colposcopy scar the cervix?

Most of the time, the cervix heals completely and a faint area of scarring, which is visible at colposcopy, is left around the os.

How do I know if my cervix is scarred?

Symptoms might include a lighter period, “hypomenorrhea” or no period, “amenorrhea”. Scar tissue can cause cyclic pelvic pain from menstrual blood getting trapped in the uterus. It can also cause recurrent pregnancy loss or an inability to conceive.

How many biopsies are taken during a colposcopy?

“The full benefit of earlier detection of HSIL by screening using HPV testing will depend on improvement and standardization of colposcopy.” At least two or three biopsies should be taken based on these results.

Do they always take biopsies during colposcopy?

Only if your doctor finds something that doesn't look normal during your colposcopy. If they find several areas that don't look right, they'll biopsy those, too. Your doctor will do the biopsy right after your colposcopy. They'll use a sharp tool to take a sample of tissue from the abnormal area.

How do you clean yourself after a colposcopy?

Do not douche or apply vaginal medication. If your menstrual period starts, use sanitary pads instead of tampons or a menstrual cup. Do not have sexual intercourse or insert sex toys into your vagina. You can shower and bathe as usual after a colposcopy.

What can a colposcopy detect?

A colposcopy is used to find cancerous cells or abnormal cells that can become cancerous in the cervix, vagina, or vulva. These abnormal cells are sometimes called “precancerous tissue.” A colposcopy also looks for other health conditions, such as genital warts or noncancerous growths called polyps.

Do I need a colposcopy if I have HPV?

If you test positive for HPV 16/18, you will need to have a colposcopy. If you test positive for HPV (but did not have genotyping performed or had genotyping and tested negative for 16/18), you will likely have a colposcopy.

Can precancerous cells on your cervix go away?

They may go away on their own, or, with time, may grow larger or become more abnormal, forming a high-grade lesion. These precancerous low-grade lesions may also be called mild dysplasia or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 1 (CIN 1).

Does HPV go away after cervix removal?

Unfortunately, once you have been infected with HPV, there is no treatment that can cure it or eliminate the virus from your system. A hysterectomy removes the cervix, which means that the risk of developing cervical cancer because of persistent HPV infection will essentially be eliminated.

What is a low grade colposcopy?

Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL) is a common abnormal result on a Pap test. It's also known as mild dysplasia. LSIL means that your cervical cells show mild abnormalities. A LSIL, or abnormal Pap result, doesn't mean that you have cancer. The tissue that covers your cervix is made up of squamous cells.

Is a colposcopy a major surgery?

Is colposcopy considered surgery? Colposcopy isn't surgery, but biopsies are considered minor surgical procedures. Biopsies sometimes happen as part of colposcopy. If your provider finds any abnormalities during your colposcopy, they can remove a sample of the suspicious tissue.

Will I always test positive for HPV?

HPV spreads through sexual contact and is very common in young people — frequently, the test results will be positive. However, HPV infections often clear on their own within a year or two. Cervical changes that lead to cancer usually take several years — often 10 years or more — to develop.