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Colposcopy Specialist

Patrick L. Allen, MD, II, PLLC

Gynecologists located in Richland Hills, TX

Colposcopy is a special procedure that allows your gynecologist to receive a magnified view of the cervix, vulva, and vagina to check for signs of disease. If you require a colposcopy, Dr. Patrick Allen of Richland Hills, TX will carefully explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.

Colposcopy Q & A

Why do I need a colposcopy?

Generally, your gynecologist will suggest undergoing a colposcopy after you receive an abnormal result from your Pap test. A colposcopy can help your doctor diagnose a range of conditions, such as cervical cancer, cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix), genital warts, precancerous changes in the vulva, cervix, and vagina, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer. This procedure has been shown to be safe and come with very few risks or complications.

What happens during a colposcopy?

Your doctor will give you special instructions to follow as you prepare for your colposcopy exam, such as scheduling when you’re not on your period, taking over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort, and avoiding sex a day or two prior to the appointment.

The procedure will likely be conducted at your doctor’s office and only takes about 10 to 20 minutes. You will be asked to undress and done a gown. You will lie down on an exam table and place your feet in stirrups like you would for a Pap smear. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina to increase its width so that he can see properly. The colposcope, a special magnifying device, is placed near your vulva. This device shines a light into your vagina so that your doctor can view the pelvic area.

What happens after a colposcopy?

If your doctor notices a suspicious area of tissue, he will collect a sample for analysis in the lab. This tissue collection is known as a biopsy. If a biopsy is not required, you can return to your normal routine. However, if it is necessary, your doctor will give you special instructions about how to care for yourself afterward.

If you have any questions or concerns about your colposcopy appointment, call our knowledgeable staff who can address your concerns.

Insurance Plans

We are a contracted provider for many health plans, and we have listed only a few here. Please contact our office at 817-590-8700 if you do not see your Insurance plan listed.

Great West Health Care
Principal Life
Principal PPO