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Colposcopy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

For 1 to 2 days after a colposcopy and cervical biopsy, a woman may have a small amount of pinkish discharge from the vagina. For 2 to 3 days afterward, she should avoid sexual intercourse, douches, and tampon use.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

A woman may experience minor bleeding after a colposcopy and cervical biopsy. Other potential complications include heavier vaginal bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to the iodine used in the procedure. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Colposcopy: Preparation & Expectations


Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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