(Closed) Have to go in for a colposcopy

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had one a few years ago,…and I was pretty scared too…thought I was going to throw up.  It really wasn’t all that different from a regular Pap smear however.  The big differences were that the doctor used a really large bright light to shine on the area and swabbed the cervix with vinegar (doesn’t burn) first. 

My doctor took three samples…and honestly, I didn’t feel any of them.  I’m quite the big baby, so maybe she was just super skilled at it.  I’ve heard from others that there is a pinch, but I felt less than with a regular Pap.  I think a lot of it has to do with the doctor.

The whole thing didn’t take much longer than a regular Pap smear…most of the time was just used for setting up.  I did pop an Advil before I went, not sure if that made a difference or not.  I didn’t have any cramping afterward, but I hear that is a possbility.  I went back to work after it was done.

There was another thread on this recently that might help:




Post # 4
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

mine took about 30 minutes. they use mental instruments to get a closer look to make sure there aren’t any irregularities. not gonna lie, it was painful for me. it was the uncomfort of a pap, a definitely longer pinch, and there was spotting afterwards fro the ammonia dye they use.

all in all, it was the exam i needed to make sure i was okay after an abnormal pap, but it was definitely not fun!

good luck, i hpoe it goes well!

Post # 5
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t remember mine hurting.  It’s not all that much different than a pap except you have your feet in the stirrups longer.  They say the vinegar can sting a little bit but it didn’t for me.  And it really doesn’t take all that long, less than 10 minutes of stirrup time maybe?  Wow, apparently my memory of it is a bit fuzzy.  Sorry I don’t have anything better!  

Post # 7
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The colposcopy part doesn’t really hurt, it’s the biopsy that’s bad. Maybe it doesn’t hurt other people but it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I literally screamed once and I’ve had it done four times now. I always cry.

They put a paste over the biopsy site that will come back out over the course of the next week. I’ve had pretty bad cramping from it and you can’t have sex for the next week while you heal.

I would definitely recommend taking something for the pain in advance.

Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, I just had one a couple of weeks ago on the 30th after an abnormal pap came back.  My sister, the RN, suggested I request a mild sedative after going through one hellish pap the appt. before.  My Dr. did prescribe one (Valium–not a mild sedative!) and the colposcopy went smoothly and quickly with little discomfort.  It was definitely worth it to ask for the sedative.  There was definitely less discomfort than the freakish pap I had done earlier in the month and they did not have to peel me off the ceiling.  I didn’t note any sting from the vinegar. The biopsy was a little uncomfortable, but the pap they did during the colposcopy was worse than the biopsy.  Hope that helps! I was in and out in @15-20 mins tops.

PS My results turned out alright–my body is taking care of its own business, so that was a huge relief! Hope all goes well for you.

Post # 9
1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hugs @Rosie Girl… Lots of hugs and love. I hope you feel better soon, and that it’s a smooth and painless process for you.

Post # 10
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve had many colposcopies and they are like paps but just a little bit more uncomfortable as i found it took longer since they like to look around and examine.  I have also had the biopsy and that was more painful and scary.

don’t worry too much about the colposcopies.  just think of it as another pap smear!

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