Can a Colposcopy Interfere with My Fertility?

Can a Colposcopy Interfere with My Fertility?

What is a Colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a relatively standard procedure used to examine a woman’s reproductive organs. If you have a pap smear that the results come back as abnormal, your doctor will most likely suggest a colposcopy. It is used to closely examine the vagina and the cervix better so your doctor can get a better idea of what is going on in your body. There are several reasons that your doctor might suggest that you have a colposcopy done. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Colposcopy and cancer

Colposcopy is usually done to help find and detect cervical cancer in it’s very early stages. If your doctor feels it is necessary, he or she may also need to perform a biopsy as a part of the colposcopy. A very small piece of tissue will be removed from your body, and sent to a lab to determine whether or not that tissue contains cancer cells. This is not always something that needs to be done in conjunction with a colposcopy, but it does sometimes. Your doctor will help to prepare you for a biopsy if he or she thinks that you might possibly need one in conjunction with your procedure.

No affect on pregnancy odds

Doctors say that having a colposcopy done should have no affect at all on your fertility or your odds of getting pregnant in the future. Even if a biopsy is needed, the amount of tissue that your doctor will remove is so very small that it won’t make a difference. You might experience a little bit of spotting or bleeding after the colposcopy, but there is nothing that will permanently affect your fertility. So rest assured that there is no long term (or short term for that matter) affect on your fertility.

The importance of Colposcopy

If your doctor recommends a colposcopy, you should definitely follow through and get it done. While a colposcopy doesn’t affect your fertility in the long term, if you do have cervical cancer, that can keep you from ever being able to have children. That is why it is so very important to have a colposcopy done so that if you do have cervical cancer, it can be detected and treated right away. The bottom line? Colposcopy procedures can help protect your fertility in the future, so make sure to have one done if your doctor suggests it.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.