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Over the past month I've had 3 blood pregnancy tests, a full std screening, both types of ultrasound and a pap smear because of my irregular periods. I got 3 calls saying the results were negative and or normal. So I thought everything was fine, until today.

I just got a call from the doctor saying my pap smear was abnormal and they scheduled me for a colposcopy next week. They wouldn't tell me what the abnormal meant or what a colposcopy is, all they said was I would get a pamphlet in the mail.

I'm 21 and the only reason I went to this OB/GYN facility is because they said they listen to patients and wanted us to be involved in our care, but they don't seem too concerned about informing me on what all this means. eek
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replied December 14th, 2011
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Hi artzombie and welcome to ehealth...A colposcopy is a is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva...The reason for this is that many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics which can be detected through this examination... It is done using a colposcope, which provides an enlarged view of the areas, allowing the colposcopist to visually distinguish normal from abnormal appearing tissue and take directed biopsies for further pathological examination.... The main goal of colposcopy is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting precancerous lesions early and treating them....

I can understand your concern, yet unfortunately many institutions are so busy that they fail to inform us patients of what is going to happen...It's really a way to check on us and make sure all is well...I hope this helps...Take care...

Caroline
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