A colposcope is an instrument that allows gynaecologist to obtain a close up, well lit, binocular, magnified view of external genitalia.
A colposcopy is close up examination of cervix using the colposcope.
Vulvoscopy uses the same instrument, where the focus of the examination is the woman’s vulva.
Having a colposcopy or vulvoscopy will take between 15 to 30 minutes.
If biopsies were taken, you should avoid rigorous physical exercise for 24 hours and sexual intercourse, swimming or baths (including a spa) to reduce your risk of bleeding or infection for one to two days.
You may have brown ash like discharge for a few days.
A very similar procedure to colposcopy, during vulvoscopy Dr Sem will carefully inspect the vulva to look for any abnormalities.After applying weak vinegar solution, vulval skin changes are identified.
Dr Sem may take a punch biopsy using a special instrument. Vulval area can be quite sensitive, so he will apply local anaesthetics to the biopsy area beforehand. Please inform him if you had allergic reaction to local anaesthetics before.
The biopsy will be sent to a pathologist to obtain a tissue diagnosis.
A stitch may be required to stop bleeding from biopsy site.
Dr Sem will arrange a follow up, usually in 2 weeks’ time to discuss the results of any sample taken during colposcopy or vulvoscopy.