A colposcopy is a procedure to find out whether there are abnormal cells on or in a woman’s cervix or vagina. In some women, the presence of “abnormal cells” carries the risk of developing cervical cancer.

This procedure helps the doctor to closely examine your cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease. During colposcopy, your doctor uses a special instrument called a colposcope. An abnormal Pap Smear Test will precipitate a Colposcopy recommendation by your doctor. An unusual area of cells seen on colposcopy will be sent to the lab for biopsy.