A colposcopy is a way of getting a close-up view of the cervix. It is used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix and the area near the cervix. During a colposcopy procedure, a doctor uses a colposcope, an instrument that looks like binoculars with a bright light mounted on a stand.

Colposcopy –┬áis usually done when a result of a Pap test is abnormal. Many abnormal tests are the result of a viral infection or other infections. Natural cervical cell changes (atrophic vaginitis) related to menopause can also cause an abnormal Pap test. It is important to determine the cause of the abnormality to avoid larger problems.

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