Colposcopy Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Cancer and other diseases affecting your cervix are best caught early, and colposcopies help to diagnose problems while they’re still treatable. At Metropolitan Women’s Center, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, offers pain-free, minimally invasive colposcopies right in her Annandale, Virginia, office. If you have an abnormal Pap test and need a colposcopy, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.

Colposcopy Q&A

What is a colposcopy?

Colposcopy is a painless, minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Hafizi to examine your cervix and vagina for signs of disease closely. During this procedure, she uses an instrument called a colposcope to look for abnormal cells.

It’s common to experience anxiety before a colposcopy, but at Metropolitan Women’s Center, there’s no reason to. In fact, relaxing helps you feel more comfortable throughout the brief procedure.

Dr. Hafizi performs colposcopies right in her office. If she finds an abnormal group of cells during your colposcopy, she may take a small sample with a cervical biopsy.

Why are colposcopies done?

Dr. Hafizi may recommend you get a colposcopy if your most recent Pap test or pelvic exam shows abnormal changes in your cervical cells. She may also use this procedure to look for potential causes of unexplained bleeding or pelvic pain.

Colposcopy provides information that helps Dr. Hafizi diagnose a variety of gynecological conditions, including:

  • Genital warts
  • Cervicitis, or inflammation of the cervix
  • Non-cancerous growths, such as polyps
  • Precancerous changes in the tissues of your cervix, vagina, or vulva

What should I expect during a colposcopy procedure?

Colposcopy is a quick procedure similar to a Pap test. You lie on the exam table with your feet in supports, and Dr. Hafizi inserts a speculum into your vagina.

Then, she uses the colposcope to visually examine your tissues. The colposcope shines a bright light into your vagina and magnifies your tissues. Dr. Hafizi may swab your cervix with a vinegar solution to highlight any areas of abnormal cell activity.

The amount of time it takes depends on your condition, but most colposcopies take 10-20 minutes.

If she finds any abnormal changes, Dr. Hafizi may take a small tissue sample with a biopsy. She sends the tissue to a lab for further testing. You may resume normal activities immediately after your colposcopy. If you get a biopsy as well, you may experience mild pain or spotting that lasts a few days.

If you have an abnormal Pap test or irregular bleeding, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or click online to schedule your appointment today.