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Colposcopy

If you have had a Pap smear that that resulted in abnormal results, the next step is usually a colposcopy.

Colposcopy is a simple, 10- to 15-minute procedure that is painless and is performed in our office. You are positioned on the examination table like you are for a Pap smear, and an acetic acid (such as common table vinegar) is placed on the cervix.

Dr. Marden will use a colposcope — a large, electric microscope that is positioned approximately 30 cm from the vagina — to view your cervix. A bright light on the end of the colposcope lets Dr. Marden clearly see the cervix so he is able to select the best area for a biopsy. If abnormal areas are identified, a sample of the cervical cells is taken and submitted to a laboratory for evaluation.