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Colposcopy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

Cramping usually passes within minutes of the colposcopy. If she sits up too quickly, a woman may feel lightheaded. Lying down for a few minutes after the procedure prevents this. Any further cramping may be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If a biopsy was also done, the biopsy samples are sent to the laboratory to be examined under the microscope by the pathologist. The healthcare provider discusses the pathologist's findings with the woman. Abnormalities can range from mild cervical dysplasia, or slightly abnormal changes in the cells examined, to cancer of the cervix. Treatments and follow-up depend upon the exact diagnosis.

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Colposcopy: Home Care and Complications

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

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