Colposcopy (Kol-POS-Kuh-pee) is a procedure to closely examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease. During colposcopy, your doctor uses a special instrument called a colposcope.
Your doctor may recommend colposcopy if your Pap test result is abnormal. If your doctor finds an unusual area of cells during your colposcopy procedure, a sample of tissue can be collected for laboratory testing (biopsy).
You may experience anxiety before your colposcopy exam. Knowing what to expect during your colposcopy may help you feel more comfortable.