Colposcopy Procedure Offered at Mercy in Baltimore

Gynecology Oncology at Mercy Baltimore

The gynecologists of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, utilize diagnostic colposcopy in order to examine patients and develop appropriate treatment plans for a variety of gynecologic conditions and disorders.

What is Colposcopy?

Colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure used to examine the vagina, vulva and cervix for disease. A colposcopy is usually recommended following an abnormal pap test. If unusual cells are discovered during a colposcopy, your doctor may take a tissue sample for further laboratory testing (biopsy).

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How is Colposcopy performed?

Colposcopy is performed using a special magnifying instrument known as a colposcope. The doctor will use a metal speculum to hold open the walls of your vagina to see the cervix. The colposcope is then placed near the vulva and is used to magnify the area for close examination.

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Who should receive Colposcopy?

Colposcopy is a procedure that may be used to examine gynecologic issues and concerns including:

  • Abnormal pap test
  • Follow-up to a previous abnormal colposcopy
  • Abnormal HPV test
  • Soreness or pain in the vagina, vulva or cervix

The gynecologists at The Institute for Gynecologic Care will evaluate several factors in order to help determine when a colposcopy is a suitable diagnostic tool.