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Colposcopy Expectations During Recovery

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Women's Health Forum: I am looking for some input from others that have had a colposcopy done. What exactly did your colposcopy consist of? And what was the recovery process like as far as within a week or so afterwards (cramping? discharge? bleeding?) length and severity of all? Any input would be very helpful! Join this discussion!

See also: What Is A Colposcopy?

Why Do I Need A Colposcopy?

Video: Getting A Colposcopy With Dr. Kate Grossman

March 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(1) frttrf says:

I just had a colposcopy. There is nothing to it! It’s not anymore uncomfortable than a pap. Well maybe a little bit more, but not much. I just had it done yesterday and there is a bit of discharge which is normal. The pain is gone (but there was a bit of pain for most of the day yesterday). The only thing I’m experiencing now is itchiness. I’m going to call my doc to see if that’s normal. Anyway it’s a fairly simple procedure and there is nothing to worry about!

August 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm
(2) sam says:

I had my colposcpoy done eight weeks ago on wednesday coming. It wasn’t half as bad as some of the stories i had heard. It was a little bit uncorfortable and i bled for a couple of days. the worst part is waiting for the results. Im still waiting an have to ring on wednesday if i have’nt got them by then.

August 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm
(3) anxious... says:

I had mine a few hours ago today because my pap test result was abnormal…I do have a bit of discomfort and few minutes go by with some mild pains in the area. I also have some spotting which is very light yellow-ish discharge. As stated in the other post, the worst part now is waiting for the results…which is in 2 weeks! So scared..keep thinking about the worst..Since I’m only 23 it’s scary to think something might be wrong. Does anyone know what number of all abnormal paps possibly a % that results in cancer? After just having done a colposcopy?

August 17, 2008 at 7:14 am
(4) Natalie says:

I had a colposcopy done 5 days ago and have to wait 3-4 weeks for the results and I know what you are saying about thinking the worse. I read that 98% of abnormal results come back clear, so to be honest we have a good chance at it being ok! I have come on my period today and was wondering if anyone knew if I can use a tampax yet?

October 15, 2008 at 7:57 am
(5) Jackie says:

I had my Colposcopy done yesterday afternoon and it wasn’t so painful because i went to a different doctor this time (its my 2nd one) and they numbed it but afterwards i had a Lot of cramping and last night i found that i had some of the skin or something that had came out and today im finding a bit more i have no idea if thats bad but im waiting til the office opens to call.. Just asked to be numbed and that hurts wayy less than just going through it with no numbing

October 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(6) Barbra says:

I had mine yesterday. I’m 44years old, it was extremely painful. I had and still have cramping and discharg. When I woke up I noticed that I couldn’t feel my skin in the vaginal area It felt very dry and leathery to the touch. I don’t know if this is normal anthough Doc did say that there would be some slothing afterwards

November 30, 2008 at 6:51 pm
(7) debbie says:

i had a Colposcopy done 6 weeks ago and i have never been away from the doc with cramps and spotting all the time. am going back tomorrow as iv been of work with it.

December 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm
(8) calm says:

I had a colposcopy about two hours ago. It was uncomfortable, but just about as uncomfortable as bad cramps. It burned slightly and cramped immediately afterward. I have very mild cramps now (took 2 advil). I am 22 and this experience was nothing to be afraid of.

December 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm
(9) maria says:

I had my colposcopy 8 days ago, I agrre it is a little uncomfortable during the procedure. The Doctor showed me a small section that he removed to be sent away! He then burnt some of the cells away which smelt like burnt hair. I had a small amount of discharge for the next day or two with mild crampy pains. They advised me to refrain from sexual intercourse, swimming and wearing a Tampon for one month.
I thought after the 2 days of discharge I was fine but on the 6th day I had a dark brown discharge with small bits in it I have started to wear sanitry towells as it is getting slightly heavier. It has no smell so I don’t think it is an infection or my period as I am still breast feeding my 5 month old and am taking the pill cerezette both of which have stopped me from having a period but you never know.

January 14, 2009 at 10:03 am
(10) Nicky says:

Had a colposcopy 3 hours ago, it was less painful than a pap test, just felt like cold air puffs, no cramping yet, only light spotting.
Nothing to be afraid of, have to wait up to 4 weeks for results of biopsy.
Good luck everyone x

January 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm
(11) kate says:

Hey, I am 19 years old and have had two abnormal paps and i am freaking out because my colposcopy is tomorrow :( any encouraging words?

February 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(12) Andrea says:

I have to have a colposcopy in a few weeks? Do they always have to perform a biopsy when doing a colposcopy? I’ve never had one so I want to know what to expect..

February 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm
(13) womenshealth says:


A colposcopy is really a tool that lets your doctor get a closer look at your cervix. A biopsy is not required, although a biopsy or another procedure is often performed during colposcopy.

Best wishes,

February 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm
(14) ht8383 says:

I had a colpscopy today and not to try to worry you but I found it extremely painful, I even cried a bit. I’m 19 and I was just scared and in general it was very unpleasant. It happened about five hours ago and I am still experiencing pain and bleeding.

February 13, 2009 at 10:24 am
(15) mom says:

*2/13/09*I just had my 2nd colposcopy two days ago and had 3 biopsies taken both times. The procedure isn’t that painful, but more or less just very uncomfortable and much longer than a regular pap smear. If you can remember to take 2-3 Motrin before hand it really does help. I woke up this morning cramping pretty bad and just popped 3 motrin, worked like a charm. I also found the cramping to come on quickly while being active and picking up heavy objects. I believe it is also normal to spot for several days after the procedure.

February 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(16) Shan says:

I had a colposcopy 2 hours ago. It was my first time and I also had a biopsy. They took about 5 samples including one inside the uterus. I don’t want to scare you if you are having it done, but it was more than uncomfortable to me. It is an odd pain, not like one you would expect from a cut or punch. I experienced immediate cramping and when they took a sample from my uterus, it didn’t hurt at all. That one felt like deep cramping. I was crying because I was alone and upset about the whole thing and the doctor and nurse were very kind and ensured me it would be ok. Just remember all the other women that have gone through this and find the courage to be strong!! And as scared as you get always remember this is for your health. =)

March 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm
(17) Boo says:

Im so scared..U guys make it seem like its so bad…I hate when things have to be done down there. its so uncomfortable and my heart is pounding.

March 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(18) Rowena says:

I had a colposcopy back in december. I have to say that my biopsy was painful and uncomfortable to the point i nearly fainted. However for the actual colposcopy I requested general anesthetic. When I wok up everything was grand. No pain at all, no bleeding at all just some discharge. However I am still getting discharge of a green nature and a bit worried if this normal. will be seeing doc about this and will keep you posted.

March 26, 2009 at 10:31 am
(19) luisa_131 says:

I had a Colpscopy yesterday, I wasn’t told to take any over the counter painkillers before it. For me it was extremely painful even if it did last probably less than 5 minutes, I was trying so hard not to cry, but it was horrible, and as soon as I left the office I I cried alot. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was very nervous, and it caused me to tense up during the whole procedure. I woke up this morning and I still have some pain and some light brown discharge. My best advice is to probably take some advil, and try to relax as much as possible.

March 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm
(20) rebecca says:

I had a colposcopy 3/13. I was sooo nervous! I’m 45 years old and have never had an abnormal pap in my life. My dr. presribed a valium for me which REALLY helped ease my nerves. The procedure was uncomfortable but every time the dr. grabbed for the biopsy, she would have me take a deep breath and cough when she cut. That was amazing! It really relieved pain. I was pretty dizzy afterwards and had to stay lying down for just a few minutes and then went home. I had a little spotting for a couple of days and then my period. My biospy (three were taken including one from my uterus) took about three days for results. All clear! Just hormonal changes. Hang in there! Ask for valium, take Advil, and COUGH if you have to have a biopsy! :)

April 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
(21) uncomfortable says:

i think the worst part was the vinegar..it burned horribly. i got numbing medication sprayed before they took the pinches out. i didn’t feel it, just heard it. and then you get the discharge that looks like coffee grounds. but this morning i had a large clump come out and i don’t know if it is normal or not. i am guessing it is fine but still makes me nervous. and the cramping wasn’t that bad at all. did anyone else have a large clump come out?

April 12, 2009 at 12:43 am
(22) Lori says:


I just had the biopsy done yesterday at 11:30 a.m. I had cramps all night and some discharge and bleeding. Just a little while ago, I too had some kind of clumpy tissue come out with coffee ground type material. I was worried and its so late that I can’t call the doctor to check so I thought I would check online to see if anyone else had the same. I’m still getting cramps but they are milder than they were yesterday. Good luck!

April 16, 2009 at 12:56 am
(23) Nicole says:

I had my second Colpospy yesterday and was not fun. I am 29, the doctor did a biopsy…actually three, but they did not hurt. I didn;t really even feel the “pinch”. The most painful part was the uterus scraping. I had immediate, severe cramping, which reminded me of early labor pains. last night i had some sharp pains in that area as well as cramping. Today I had to call the colpscopy clinic because I had some very concerning discharge. They told me the paste they use to help stop the bleeding will come out in the next week as a dark spot on my panties, but I have had some very large pieces of what looks like tissue and some graniy black pieces. Blah! The whole experience is very unpleasant, but equally necessary. I have to have another and will not go wihtout an Ativan this time. I agree with Rebecca above, and will be asking for some meds next time to help me relax. I am jealous if the only thee day wait time! I am in Canada, so I have to wait up to 4 weeks for the results as well. That is the worst part. I used to work in a lab, so I feel 4 weeks is almost negligent, hopefully I will hear much earlier than that. Hang in there ladies!

April 18, 2009 at 10:04 am
(24) ANNE says:

So I had mine done on Monday. It was quite painful (I have a small vagina and they had to use a larger spreader this time to be able to see, so at least some of the pain is due to that), I had some pretty bad cramping and had to take the day off work. I also had some brown, clumpy, “coffee grounds” discharge, but my doctors explained to me that this is completely normal and to be expected. I was feeling a bit uneasy as I have been having some burning and itching since the procedure, which seems to correspond with when I “pass” the discharge, but everything I have read seems to say this is rather normal. I am going to call my doctor anyway and will post again if its something to worry about. If anyone knows I should be worried about the itching, please let me know!
Be strong girls!

May 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(25) geminigal says:

Hi, I had a colposcopy Thu morning and my doc said no sex or tampons for a day. I had sex Fri around midnight (stupid on hindsight, I know) I had bleeding during sex and now the gross coffee grind stuff. Should I call my doc for possible infection? Please advise, I am freaking out. Thanks!

May 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(26) courtney says:

when i had mine done i bleed for two months afterward and the doctor said this was normal. please if you have had the same problem or are having get a second doctor to talk to and tell them the problems from it. i am still very weak from this “operation” and strongly advise caution when the bleeding continues for more then a week.

May 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(27) ellie says:

It’s not that bad at all! RELAX! I had my first colposcopy and biopsy performed yesterday 5/6. My Dr. took 2 biopsies. I took 2 advils approximately one hour before the procedure and had my I-pod on the entire time to relax and I swear it wasn’t that bad! Just uncomfortable, but DEFINILTEY bearable. Nervousness can definitley make it worse, so bring some music with you and take deep breaths. I even sang out loud a bit and it helped! Spotting, discharge is totally normal the first few days, as is “stiffness” or “soreness” in the vagina. For me, sitting hurts alot! The worst part is waiting for the results. Relax by thinking of fun things you’ll do a few days after the procedure such as going out for lunch or dinner with friends/boyfriend. Talk to people you trust before and after the procedure. Also, think of how many women will be going through it the same time you are and how many have gone through it already. This will make you stronger. We women go through so much, but we’re tough and will get through it! Good Luck sweetie…you’re going to be fine :)

May 11, 2009 at 12:14 am
(28) Alanah says:

I had a colpscopy 5 days ago.im 19 and this is the third time ive had one.The first one was when i was 13,not so bad.This time(after having a kid)it was so uncomfortable and i was in pain so much.i hurt so bad to stand. It is now the fith day and im still bleeding, discharging.I also have noticed that there is like almost gryish dishcharge coming out.Not sure y?

May 14, 2009 at 1:31 am
(29) Giselle says:

I had my first colposcopy done 5/8 and today had a thick tissue like blob fall out when i went to pee. It was so gross and look like pale skin. anyone had this happen b4. i read on a few websites that its a scab or something.

May 14, 2009 at 1:31 am
(30) Giselle says:

I had my first colposcopy done 5/8 and today had a thick tissue like blob fall out when i went to pee. It was so gross and look like pale skin. anyone had this happen b4. i read on a few websites that its a scab or something.

May 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(31) alison says:

Hi all i had my coloscopy tuesdsay now friday morning. Went ok but cramping feeling tired , cramps, just went to pee and found a tissue like greeninsh skin on me. Your other comments have helped me so much i will sleep better tonight. Good luck to all

May 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(32) Brenda says:

hi everyone i had a colscopy done on may 7. I had a little brown discharge and a little heavy bleeding for about 4 days i called the nurse and she said it was normal but now I am 2 wks late on my period and that is highly unusual for me cuz i am pretty regular. I cant be pregnant cuz my husband cant have anymore kids. Has this happened to anyone ? I am worried!Any ideas y this could be ?

May 31, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(33) Dawn says:

Well, I had my first colposcopy 5/28/09. I just turned 27 6 days before (happy birthday, right). The colposcopy itself is nothing to be worried about…it is less invasive than a pap test. However the biopsy is uncomfortable. I had about 8-10 biopsies taken (a bit nervous now seeing everyone else having only up to three). It was a bit painful, like having really intense period cramps. But it only lasts for a few minutes. I brought my husband, squeezed his hand and it was not that bad. Afterwards I had some light cramping for a day or two, but nothing major. Now 3 days later I still have that fleshy discharge, but the WORST is SEVERE ITCHING!! I can’t stand it! It is like a horrible yeast infection or something! Could I have gotten something from the procedure? Does this mean infection? Is this just healing? I can not call the Dr till tomorrow, but this is driving me absolutely crazy! It itches so bad! Anyone else have/had this problem?? Thank you for everyones input on this subject-very helpful!

June 2, 2009 at 5:20 am
(34) aj224 says:

I am 25 and have a colposcopy scheduled for wednesday 6/3/09. Have never done this before and am pretty nervous about it but have talked to a friend who has gone through it and am taking my sister with me for support. Thank you for all your posts sometimes it’s most helpful to hear you’re not the only one with the anxiety and that others have made it through. Good luck ladies!

June 3, 2009 at 8:35 am
(35) ita says:

I have mine done today… Did not hurt at all. I feeling happy i did it!

June 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm
(36) jos says:

I had mine done on the 4th of June 09. Really uncomfomfortable and unpleasant I cried. My gyn did the colposcopy, biopsy and the treatment to burn the abnomal cells. I felt like down there was in hell! However I have not bled ever since like the gyn had said i would. is this normal? I also felt absolutely no pain afterwards and still have not felt pain :-) . Just a bit of discharge some clear or creamy and no nasty small. All in all , I’m pleased. Is it normal not to bleed after?

June 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(37) michelle says:

I had my colpscopy about 24 hours ago. After reading into the procedure, I prepared for any pain I might endure. I did take acetametaphin 3hrs before and relaxed. I also took AZO yeast to prevent an infection. It really isn’t as bad as most are saying. Yes it comes with some uncomfortabilty, but very bearable as the those moments are very few seconds. The vinegar they spary didn’t sting like he said it would. The 4 biopsys… didn’t feel them, just heard the snipping (eww lol), we used the COUGH method which avoids feeling or lessening of as the biopsy is taken. The swiping of the swab all the way back was the most uncomfortable feeling. NOT pain, just hurry up and finish and relief when taken out. So overall. After reading all the pain stories… I’m just like, “that’s it?!”. After wards I did have the feeling something was just in me and taken out. But I was up and out like nothing! I did take another dose of acetametaphin 6 hrs later and this morning. Brown discharge… normal! This morning no more of all like before… just this afternoon I noticed nothing on my liner, but tiny black specs and small glob/thread likes of a rubberish tissue. I am gonna be smart and use no tampons and NO sex for 2 weeks (my cycle starts in a week anyway, hopefully that helps move all the stuff outta me!). I am being very optimistic that nothing bad is found, and if there is, it can be removed!! Be calm ladies its not bad at all!

June 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm
(38) Siobhan says:

I had my colposcopy done on the 3rd June. It was a little uncomfortable a little sorer than the smear test but i didnt think it was anything to out of the ordinary. My period was due round about the time i got it done so there was some heavy bleeding which i am putting down to that. My persiod usually lasts 5days, it has been 10days since i had the colposcopy done and i am still bleeding, sometimes not that heavy and i think its gone then maybe an hour later its back all hells blazing lol. Does anyone know if this is normal??? as the doc said to expect an interesting discharge? Also feeling a little itchy up there. And to the girl asking about the tampon..i was told not to insert anything for 6-8 weeks.

June 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm
(39) Lyndsey says:

I had my 1st colposcopy n biopsy done last thur (11/6/09) and found it very uncomfortable! I woz pretty nervous as my appointment woz ova half hr l8 and i fink this made matas worse. I woz told 2 cough wen the nurse did the biopsy but still felt a stingin sensation. Aftawards i felt dizzy so had 2 b tilted on the bed n had 2 eat a sugar tablet and drink sum water. I woz told that i mite bleed 4 a few days n 2 refrain from avin sex, usin a tampon n goin 2 the gym 4 a few days. Wen i got home i got upset as my stomach cramps set in which av still not gone away 4 days later. I had a tissue like piece of skin cum out on the friday which woz brown n the blood woz like a watery pink colour. Then on the sat the bleedin got alot worse n turned a dark purple colour. I also had a v large ‘fing’ cum out which woz bout 2 inches long. It woz dark purple n bloody on 1 end n skin colour on the ova end. I woz v concerned as 2 wat this woz as i hadnt been told that this mite happen so i took a foto of it 2 show the nurses on mon. I waited until this morn (mon) and foned the clinic n they sed that they used monsels solution 2 stop my bleedin n they fink this is wat came away! They dint even want 2 c the picture. I woznt happy wiv this explination as if the monsels solution had worked then surely i wudnt of bled so much. I went 2 c my doc this aftanoon n shes not happy so is avin me in thur 2 do sum swobs 2 check 4 infection. The bleedin is now a greeny, yellowy, browney colour. I fink that the nurses shud give more info as ive had 2 find out 4 myself wat woz actually done n wat the symptoms cud b!

June 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(40) Penelope says:

Hi ladies,
I had a colposcopy/biopsy done a week ago. It was the 2nd one for me and this round definitely seemed more uncomfortable than the first time I did it but I think the nurse had to do more biopsies this time. All in all though, don’t worry about it! If you’re scheduled to have one, you’ll be totally fine. It’s just a little uncomfortable and you’ll feel cramping but if you just breathe and try to relax, it is very manageable. We women are so strong and can handle so many challenges. Girl power! Also, today I had a huge “clump” like thing come out of my vag when I went to the bathroom and was completely freaked out because that didn’t happen before. I seriously thought I was giving birth to an alien. I’m relieved to hear that I’m not the only one that’s happened to. So thanks for sharing everyone!

June 29, 2009 at 3:49 am
(41) Cory says:

I had my first colposcopy done 4 days ago and Ive also gotten the typical discharge and cramps everyone been getting on this board from the procedures. But omg Im getting more and more itchy bumps on the outer labia and now spreading to inner. I’ve been tested negative for all STD. My only guess is an allergic reaction or yeast infection from the solution they’ve used. Any who had an reaction like mine please share. I’m very concern and I hope it more common that it is b/c most ppl here do not have itchiness afterwards. :(

July 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm
(42) Ally says:

I’m 21 and i had a colposcopy and a triple biopsy done yesterday and it was the most pain that i’ve ever been in my life!!!! It hurt sooo much! i dont know if its just that i didnt know what to expect cause it was the first one or what? but i just have some questions about sexual intercourse after wards…like how long to wait? and the usage of tampons and whatnot? my gyno never told me anything!!

July 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(43) Vanessa Sorenson says:

I had my first colposcopy and biopsy today. What a disaster! When I got there the power was off in the clinic so I had to wait like an hour to even be seen. They finally called my name to get the colposcopy done and while I was getting the procedure it was so hot since the power and consequently the air conditioning wasn’t working. The procedure itself didnt hurt that much, the biopsies were no big deal, the worst part was being held open for so long with the speculum. After the procedure I was so close to fainting from the heat in the room and the combo of nerves. Moral of the story is I got through it, power outage and all. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.

July 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm
(44) Bee says:

Hi girls,

I had a Colposcopy/Biopsy done last Monday, 4 days ago, on 29th June 2009. I hadn’t really thought much about it – both my sister and my best friend have had these procedures followed by LLETZ etc in the past….anyways, the gynae doc didn’t tell me how many biospsys he did, he didn’t tell me what he saw either, he just said if it’s 1 thing, I’ll be called back for another colposcopy in 6 months and if it’s another, he’ll talk to me about the next step. The colposcopy itself didn’t bother me, just like a PAP. I found the lotion stinged alot before the biopsy(like when ur eyes sting from chopping onions, but it’s not your eyes, and there’s no onions) and the “snipping” during the biopsy sort of hurt a little bit too. It wasn’t “painful” or unbearable though ladies, so don’t worry too much. I was told to expect results in 2 weeks and I cannot wait to see what they have/have not discovered. Since Monday I have had no bleeding whatsoever, I had a very very slight brownish discharge (hardly noticeable) for 24 hours after the procedure and I have severe lower-back pain since. I also feel absolutely exhausted and generally “unwell” and I’m having slight yellowish discharge now. I can also FEEL discomfort at the site where the biopsy was taken inside me, it’s constantly feeling a little sore and stingy. I’m keeping a close eye on my temperature because I’m so scared of infection, but my doctors office reassured me that lower-back pain can be normal and it’s nothing to worry about *phew* Roll on results day……best of luck all you ladies, hope we all get the results we are hoping for….at the end of the day, we’d all be far worse off if we were ladies who didn’t bother getting paps done, think of it that way :) (During the colposcopy, I just kept reminding myself of labour/birth/stitches after third degree tear that I went through a few years ago – nothing could be as bad as that!!)

July 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(45) jmd says:

I had a colposcopy done last Monday on June 29th. The procedure was not painful, so no need to worry ladies. It felt like a normal papsmear. The only difference was when they were taking the samples for the biopsy. What I felt was pressure and a little pinching. And I’m a person that can’t take pain at all! So for me to say this wasn’t painful, it really isn’t. It’s just a little uncomfortable.

After it was done, she gave me a pad, because she said I would bleed. I bled more the first day and had cramping. But the next day, the cramps were gone and I was spotting blood for about a week.

I got my results after a week. My doctor called me yesterday and told me the results which was good news. She said as long as youre healthy, most of the time our bodies kill off the bad cells. So just stay healthy and you wont have much to worry about. :)

July 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm
(46) jmd says:

To Cory:

Maybe your itchyness and bumps are the result from using a pad? Because I usually use tampons, but after a colpscopy you can’t put anything inside your vagina so we have to use pads. Sometimes I get an allergic reaction to pads too, just because it rubs against the skin and its moist.

July 15, 2009 at 11:39 pm
(47) P says:

I had my second colpscopy today. I definitely think this second one was more uncomfortable. I only had one “pinch” my first time and four this time. I had cramping and stinging during the process and I admit tears. The cramps have let up by the evening but it stings terribly to urinate. The discharge that everyone mentioned is unpleasant but not as bad as the stinging. I know it won’t last long but gosh- I’m not looking forward to these.

July 17, 2009 at 4:26 am
(48) Janine says:

Some of these comments would make anyone panic. I am one of the worse worriers you would ever meet – i stress about everything so when i had to ge a colposcopy done this week (i am 23) i near gave myself a heart attack. But the only thing i didn’t like was the solution that stung but i had to get some biopsies taken and was told to could each time and i didn’t feel a thing – and i didn’t have any numbing solutions or anything. I’ve been more uncomfortable and sore since it but was told that is very normal. I had to done 3 days ago and am a little senstive and still have a bit of spot bleeding but that is it. The day after i too couldn’t sit, lie or stand without bein uncomfortable. I also had some period pain type cramps and am very tired. I am glad to see some people had the coffee bean type clumps when going to the toilet as i too had this. I am going to ring my doctor just to put my mind at rest and i’m not thinking about the results. I think i’ve worried enough when it was not necessary so i’m not going to do it again.

Good luck everyone, but don’t panic the procedure does not hurt – especially if you stay calm :)

July 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(49) Michelle says:

I had my colposcopy done two years ago and it was the worst most intense pain I’ve ever felt. during the procedure it was very uncomfortable and I was dizzy after. I had to lay on the table for 10 minutes. When I got home was when the pain intensified for me. Throughout the night it continued to intensify to the point where I was no longer able to stand up because when I did I felt sharp stabs. My mother had to finally call a doctor and they told me that my experience happens to a small number of people. I can’t remember what they told me to do next time but I am scheduled for another one next month! I’m a nervous wreck and just the thought of dealing with that pain makes me feel sick. ! Has anyone else gone through this?

July 25, 2009 at 5:41 am
(50) Kat says:

I had mine 22/7/09. It wasnt as painful as expected. Im 21. I had a punch biopsy which stung a bit but was over in seconds. Iv had a few bits of light brown discharge blobs but no bleeding. The only thing i hav got is really sore boobs!any1 had this?x

July 27, 2009 at 4:10 am
(51) Lstar12577 says:

I just had a coloscopy and biopsy done this past Thursday 7/23/09. I was searching for answers to determine whether or not I have an infection due to the procedure. I read all the comments and they put me a little at ease. I too have the “coffee ground” discharge accomponied by the flesh like greenish tissue clumps. A few hours ago I was also experiencing cramping but I took some advil and the cramps have gone away. I was bleeding a little yesterday but today it went back to the discharge. I have noticed these past few days that my boobs are sore as well. I have to go back to my doctor 8/12/09 to find out my results.
I just want to thank everyone that has shared their experience on this matter because I realize I’m not alone and knowing this makes me feel a lot better.

July 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(52) Kat says:

Lstar, im glad u hav the sore boobs, thought it was a bit odd but suppose its hormomal! I hav also been really itchy down there, that normal? They said i wil get my results in 6-8 weeks via post, is this the usual proceedure in s.wales?

July 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(53) Lstar12577 says:

My doctor said it usually takes 3 weeks. I also researched & I found that it can take up to a month depending on where u live. I’m not experiencing the itching tho… sorry I can’t help more w/ that but I read some older posts & those women said they were having the itching. One woman even suggested that it may be irritation due to the maxi pads. Call your doctor & ask. Let me know what happens.

August 4, 2009 at 10:32 am
(54) GA says:

Hi, I just had one and the day after I got severe itching and redness. This has been going on a week. I called my doctor and she said take Monistat but I don’t think it’s a yeast infection. Has anyone with the itching found out what it is? Thanks!

August 4, 2009 at 10:35 am
(55) GA says:

Hi, I had a colposcopy a week ago and the day after severe itching started. This has been going on for a week now. Called the doctor and she said take Monistat but I don’t think it is a yeast infection. Has anyone that had the itching figured out what it is and how long does it last? Thanks!

August 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(56) Kat says:

Hi, my itching lasted about a week. No idea what it was though

August 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(57) Katie says:

I had a colposcopy this morning. They took two biopsies and did some other thing to gather more information about what is going on with the abnormal cells I have. The procedure itself was not too bad. It was a little uncomfortable, so just try to relax as much as possible while you’re having the procedure. They told me to take deep breathes, but then I started to feel a little light-headed. I would ask them to tell you when they are going to take a biopsy and then try to cough while they do it. Otherwise you can hear and feel the snipping. If I have another one of these – I’m definitely going to try coughing during the biopsies. They mentioned no intercourse, strenuous activity and no tampons for about 3-4 days after the procedure. They also mentioned that the discharge could last up to two weeks and if I still have it after that or if it is malodorous (bad-smelling) I should call the doctor.

I’m experiencing a mild amount of pain and cramping right now (about 4 hrs after procedure). It is also mildly itchy with some burning near the entrance to my vagina. It also stings a little when I pee. It seems this is all normal stuff that happens afterward. I had a couple of yeast infections before I had the colposcopy so my doctor mentioned that I should purchase a Monistat kit since I’m going on vacation and might want to have it just in case I get another infection. So I’m assuming the procedure can cause yeast infections. If I remember I’ll come back and post a follow-up cause it might be helpful to hear how I’ve recovered. I should have results by next week and then we’ll see how to proceed. Hopefully everything will be ok. Sending much love to all of you!! Hang in there and the procedure will be over with before you know it!!

August 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(58) Claire says:

Hi ladies-
I need your help. I had a colposcopy on Thursday morning. The procedure was not at all painful. I didn’t have any bleeding until last night which was very faint. I was never told I couldn’t have sex after the procedure. My husband and I had sex this morning and after sex had quite a bit of bleeding. I am suppose to get my period within the next few days, but I am hoping not to as we are trying to get pregnant! Do you think the bleeding is from the colposcopy or am I just getting my period early?

August 8, 2009 at 4:51 am
(59) Kat says:

It could be either, not a gd idea to try 4 a baby until you have the all clear. If u need treatment they cant do it if your pregnant x

August 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm
(60) Miss says:

I had a colpo done on Friday. My doctor wanted to do one because I’m pregnant and my pap smear tests have come back normal but with the presance of HPV. He just wanted to take a closer look at my cervix since I have had issues before in the past and to make sure nothing was being missed.
So anyway, had it done on friday and luckily everything looked fine so no biopsy had to be taken. My problem is now I’m feeling itchy down there and I also have a creamy discharge. This all started on Saturday (1 day after) the colpo. I’m not sure why I’m itchy but I was thinking maybe it’s a reactiion to the vinegar solution. I don’t know…any other ideas?

August 19, 2009 at 4:38 am
(61) brit says:

i have to wait 6 weeks!!!!!!!!! i think that is just ridiculous. mine was OK until after the biopsy when they froze my cervix. it was one of the most uncomfortable things i have ever ever ever had to go through. i now have the coffee granule discharge. im just going to take it steady so i can recover quickly. i definitely wont be having sex for a month and using tampons, not worth the risk of infection. hope every ones is in the all clear!

August 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(62) AGON says:

Wow reading these helped put my mind at ease!! I had mine done 8/18/09 tuesday and right after I had mild cramps, a few sharp pains but nothing really painful. Your not supposed to have sex or use tampons for two weeks. I took the day off from work and took a 3 hour nap and felt a bit better.When I woke up I was really itchy but it went away by the morning. Im not sure if it was blood or not but I did have orangeish brownish discharge (dye) which is normal. It did sting the first couple of times I peed but I dont feel a thing now. Today is Friday 3 days after. The only thing Im still experiencing is the tissue or scab like skin when I pee sometimes. Im glad to hear I wasnt the only one :) I get my results on the 31st.

August 23, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(63) Sandi says:

I had a colposcopy done four days ago. I was pretty nervous, because of some comments I had read online. They scared me and I hardly slept. First thing I must say, is thank God we have such technology available. I think of the thousands of women in third world countries who would give almost anything to have their health and life saved from such a procedure, but it is sadly not even an option for them. We are extremely fortunate!!! Seriously, it saves lives.
When I went the staff was exceptionally supportive and gentle and explained everything to me. The speculum was inserted gently and I felt some pressure. They told me to relax, because it would actually allow the process to go much smoother for me. I was determined to just breath and and let go as much as I could. The solution and iodine felt like cool water and then the doctor determined that I should have a biopsy. One was taken from my cervix and another from my uterus(due to my last heavy period that lasted for six weeks). I was asked to cough and felt a nip of pain for an instant, which mostly just startled me. Then a paste was put on to stop any bleeding and heal the spots where the biopsies were taken from. I was fine with that and actually found it comforting to know that that was being done. They spoke to me step by step through the process and I was relieved when I knew the procedure was finished and the speculum would be removed. It didn’t hurt, but of course created some pressure. Remember it is for your health and bravo to the doctor who sends you for the test. I had problems for years and my former doctor dismissed my complaints, thankfully my new doctor would rather check things out than to let things go. I did feel some slight cramping when they were checking my uterus, which they told me would happen. Afterward I was told to rest for five minutes before getting up. When I did I felt fine. I bought myself a treat before leaving the hospital- I think it’s good to do something nice for yourself after you pass through something that had initially scared you. I later had a discharge which was black and at times like coffee grounds- all normal as the paste is released. I felt a little crampy for a day and a half. I will wait for the biopsy results, but I am also scheduled for a LEEP procedure to remove of the abnormal cells. I am a highly sensitive person and I was able to go though it. They offered to let me see the procedure on the large monitor, but for me, I decided to just focus on the ceiling and placed my hands on my upper chest- it is known to calm you. It may seem longer than it really is, if you are having it done for the first time, but it only takes 10 minutes or less. If you don’t need a biopsy then it should only take about five minutes. For me it took a half hour to go through the explanation, get undressed, go though the procedure and then rest for five minutes.
If you need to have it done, don’t put it off- just do it, it’s worth it and so are YOU!

September 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(64) TLaBau says:

I had a Colposcopy done 11 days ago and I am still bleeding from it. I went to the doctor 3 days ago so that she could stop the bleeding. She put that paste in me again, and I’m still bleeding. I’m not on my period, as I’m on the pill. I’m just worried something else might be wrong? I would call the doctor, but tomorrow is Labor day….any help would be appreciated. Not sure if I should go to the ER or not.

September 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(65) Marisa says:

I am going for a colposcope in 2 days time, and i feel very anxious about it, as some people find it a terrible thing, others not. I wish this was all over and done with.

September 12, 2009 at 8:24 am
(66) Lea says:

This is my second Colposcopy and I also had the LEEP procedure 6 months ago. I had it done yesterday and experienced quite a bit of discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, there was cramping and at times small sharp pains throughout the day. I took tylenol every six hours and felt quite tired afterwards. Discharge and bleeding is normal.

One piece of advice, if you think there you are experiencing something that does not feel right – call your doctor immediately. You know your body and go with your gut feeling. Secondly, worrying does not make the procedure less uncomfortable or the results come in faster. From experience (lump removed from my breast and waited 9 weeks for the results) and last time waited 2 weeks for my colposcopy results, which were both fine. Keep busy, talk to friends about your worries but maintain a positive attitude. You are strong and you can deal with whatever comes your way. It is not easy but you will be O.k.

September 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(67) Kat says:

Had my biopsy results which confirmed abnormal cells. Not cancer. I have to have a LLETZ procedure though. What does this involve?

September 15, 2009 at 8:49 am
(68) anne says:

I had a colposcopy and a punch biopsy a few years ago and found it quite painful,afterwards I had an horrendous infection that made me not want to go out ..it was so smelly ugh, had to have a course of metronidazole which cleared it up

September 19, 2009 at 5:39 am
(69) Blondie says:

Hi Ladies! A while back I got my results back from my last pap back in May, which showed abnormal cells and positive for HPV! Oh no, couldn’t happen to me, right? I think that was the worst was not truly knowing what either of those meant and feeling like I was “diseased” or something. Had a big mix up with a clinic about being on an apparently “phantom” waiting list for a colpo for 3 months! Finally just got in to a different clinic, Planned Parenthood actually, and had my colpo/biopsy Thursday.
Anxiety is normal, just like having issues at some point in your life “down under” is normal! First off remind yourself that early detection and being safe rather than sorry is best! Planned Parenthood actually turned out to be a better choice than through my insurance too (almost $500 cheaper!!) So shop around too! I was fortunate (if thats the right word)to have a friend who had the same procedure and the same insurance plan as I do and she gave me that heads up! She learned the hard way.
The procedure itself was not as bad as I had expected, but i felt like i prepared myself for it to be bad because my friend had a rough experience. I think its really different for everybody. PP staff was really helpful and explained the procedure so I felt like I was in the loop. The dr was super nice and explained everything and was open to any questions. I think what helped me was just reminding myself that they do this all the time, and as long as I do my part (lay back, try to relax and communicate with them how I was feeling) it will allow them to do their part successfully!
For me (again, it may be different for you) the speculum was the worst part. It was larger than a pap one because they need to make sure they can see in there with their special vajay jay goggles! They told me step by step what was going to happen and what everything meant. There was even someone in training there (who I allowed to be present and learn from the experience) who got to take a look at her first colpo and she just exclaimed, “OH COOOOOL!” That made me laugh which I was not expecting to do! I just said, “why, thank you…?” and we all chuckled. It really eased my nerves talking with them. We did the cough method which feel free to make it a nice loud raspy cough to make sure you don’t feel/hear anything, they have the section they want to take clamped off and ready to go so you won’t dislodge anything (obviously don’t convulse while coughing though!). The second to worst part was doing the cervical scraper thingy which just felt really weird. Whole thing for me took max including changing, talking etc. was 30 mins. It can take up to 15 mins for white spots to show, which my doctor also explained that sometimes the “abnormalities” can be when two types of lining (bear with my butchering of her description) over lap and cause like sort of a blocked pore, and just causes irritation and can cause blood vessels to make the area red, etc. All that to say, there are really tons of things that cause abnormalities in your pap results, don’t get too paranoid. (HPV sounds super scary still tho!)
I would recommend for your procedure, ask if you can get some ibuprofen before hand, and ask to get the numbing spray if they do a biopsy. I only had to have 2 biopsy’s done so perhaps that is why I only had fairly minor cramps and soreness the first day and a little bit today, day two and no bleeding! I was told about the coffee grounds, which so far this must be some weak coffee because its a light brown discharge and very small clumps with some brown specs too. No pain urinating, no itching (perhaps like someone else said earlier, the itching if you have it could be from pads. I am used to wearing pads/pantie liners). Have yet to experience the fleshy scab, but now can look forward to that thanks to some previous posts :D Treated myself to lunch with my friend who came with me for moral support so that was fun. Took a nap later since i was pretty tired, not everyday you get this done so get some rest! Only real downer for me now is can’t go swimming and can’t do regular gym activities for a bit. Oh well, could be a whole lot worse! HPV is my fear now, but we’ll find out in 2 weeks what level/variety it is, as well as confirm the cause of any other abnormality and we’ll go from there! Don’t worry ladies, its just one of those things that has got to get done, and this too shall pass!! May God bless you and ease your nerves and anxiety, I know I prayed for that and He blessed me with dr/nurses with great senses of humor! Just what I needed!!! Take care, stay strong!

September 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(70) Patty says:

Hello. I am 56 years old and just recently tested positive for HPV, the cervical cancer causing strains specifically, 16 and 18. Not much info or research has been done for post menopausal women, but my gynecologist did a colposcopy just to make sure. I feel alone, stupid and tainted. My results will come back on the 30th of Sept. I have the brownish discharge. Ironically, I also just met a new man and we are very compatible but won’t have sex for a few weeks, even if I wanted to. I hate this. Anybody else feel this way?

September 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(71) jody says:

i went for a colposcopy and the consultant could’nt carry out the procedure as it was to complicated, so i had to go to hospital and be put out im now waiting for the results which is an anxious time for anyone! Does anyone know roughly how long the results take to come back good or bad? Best wishes xx

September 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(72) Meredith says:

Had a colp today Sept 27, 2009. Pap results came back abnormal, was sent to a specialist. Had to get a biopsy and an HPV test. A girlfriend of mine had just gone through it and said it wasn’t terrible, just a bit more uncomfortable than a pap and a little bit longer. I went in feeling good about the whole thing. The vinegar stung a little, but it was nothing too bad. The doctor explained everything that he was doing as he was doing it, and I even grabbed my book to read during the procedure.

Boy… I’m glad I grabbed the book. He counted down 1…2…3 before he took the sample and I was stung by the most intense pain I’ve ever encountered. As a reference, I play roller derby, and we get injured pretty regularly. I’ve been in some very bad pain, but that amount of pain has never hit me so quickly or strong. It literally took my breath away and I was gripping the book to my face for the duration of the procedure. Lucky for me he only needed to take one sample.

I did everything in my power to keep from clenching up so the procedure would be over sooner. I’m pretty embarrassed when I cry, so I was trying really hard not to, but I did. The doctor kept apologizing and told me that for a small group of people, there is an intense amount of pain.

***For the majority of people, you will only experience minimum to mild discomfort, nothing more than a pap. BUT for a small number of people there are significantly more nerve endings near the cervix. I happened to be one of them. He told me that when I have children, unless I feel VERY STRONGLY about it, that natural childbirth is going to be terribly painful for me because of those extra nerve endings. I hurt so badly I couldn’t bear to drive home without crying every time my car hit a bump.

Now I wish I could tell you there is a way to determine if you will be one of the few that has extreme pain, but I don’t know. In comparison with my girlfriends, sex feels no different for me than it does for them, so I’ve never noticed any difference in sensation that would indicate one way or another.

I’d suggest taking a pain reliever no matter what.

Good luck and don’t let this scare you, only inform you.

September 29, 2009 at 7:45 am
(73) maggie says:

Im having my 3rd colposcopy and im sure they will do more biopsies, the first time i had it done, i was in so much pain that afterwards i passed out, couldnt hear or see anything. The most pain ive ever gone through, the second time i didnt pass out but again extremly painful, i am wondering if anyone knows if they can do this at a hospital and put you out and then do it! Any suggestions ladies?

September 29, 2009 at 9:05 am
(74) Shoe-Trollop says:

I had my procedure done Thursday Sept 24, 2009 and only had minor cramping and brown discharge. Then on Sunday I started getting severe cramping and more reddish/brown blood. Today is Sept 29, 2009 and I am still in minor pain and I have a high pain threshold. The severe pain was after I had an orgasm on Sunday, (NO SEX) just oral and then I down and out all day on Sunday. I am very nervous to hear the results from my GYNO. Wish me luck as I do for all of you. Cheers!

October 13, 2009 at 10:06 am
(75) Juanita says:


Today i’m going to have my colposcopy and i’m really
scared my first time,as i read all notes it helps me a lot
but everyone is different for some less pain but for me
i don’t know yet probably i will request to give me some
drugs or put me to sleep.

October 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(76) Kelly Kiraly says:

I had my colposcopy and biopsy done two days ago and I just want to reassure all those worriers out there like me. I really did not know going in what exactly they were going to do but my gyno explained it every step of the way. Normally I pass out from getting so tense about medical procedures but I was able to make it through this one with a slight bit of pain. Yes, the discharge is nasty but my gyno told me it would be so I’m not freaking out. I was only sore a little bit that day and night. I never realized this was that common and just want to tell other women that it doesn’t have to be that bad.

October 16, 2009 at 11:17 am
(77) Canuckgurl says:

Hey Ladies,
I’m glad I found this resource, it’s nice to know you’re not alone. I am one of those people who likes to know as much as possible about what to expect so I find it comforting, for those who get anxious reading these posts – I would just say, take everything with a grain of salt, for most people (as OP mentioned) it’s not going to be too painful and some pain killers will help.
My gyne told me to expect the “weirdest discharge of your life” after the procedure – she didn’t really mention that my vagina would feel kind of dry and numb! But I am fairly certain it is due to the chemical cautery solution (Monsel’s it’s mustard yellow-brownish) that causes a sort of scab to form on the vagina. At this point that is the only thing that is bothering me – I don’t think I could have sex even if I wanted to right now…hoping I can before my husband leaves for 6 weeks (in another couple weeks!). My gyne never cautioned against going to the gym though, it’s the day after mine and I plan to go.

Also, the LLETZ (aka LEEP) procedure is nothing to be too worried about, it’s just a little loop that slices a layer of your cervix off (you will need this if the biopsy confirms severe dysplasia). Again, you don’t need to be sedated, they will put local freezing into your cervix. (I guess if you’re super freaked out you could be).

Try to relax and make sure you ask lots of questions! It’s great to know I’m not alone – and good for all of us for taking care of ourselves and getting paps done.

October 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm
(78) Danyale says:

I have had two colpos in the last 2 years, my second 10/13/09. The first was not to bad just mild cramping. The second the doctor had a hard time stopping the bleeding after taking a biopsy and the pain was unbearable she sent me home with Vicodin for the pain.

My doctor called me with my results yesterday, the changes in my cells were severe, and she has recommended the LEEP Procedure. :( Now I am anxious of this procedure, as I am only 25.

October 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(79) bklynchica says:

Getting my first colposcopy Nov. 10 after an abnormal pap result and high risk hpv. I am most concerned about waiting for the results. I expect the worst..and I’m only 25. Some of you have posted your results, but some hadn’t gotten them yet at time of posting. I’m curious how everyone is doing.

October 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm
(80) caz says:

I had a colposcopy and procedure done on the 29.09…

Im gonna share this because i tried to find information about what to expect as I dont think you are given enough information.

I was told to expect a yellowish discharge for a few days, this lasted about three and a half weeks…

The second day i bled very heavily and continued for a week, this also coincided with my first period although it was obvious that this was much heavier and dare i say lumps of sloughed skin…:(

The procedure itself wasnt painful and i had a lump removed from my cervix at the same time as the cervix layer being removed, both for biopsy. The most uncomfortable thing was having your legs in styrups and of course the dignity factor…. :(

That said, I had to wait four weeks for my results.

To anyone reading this, its over and done with pretty quickly and the majority of staff i am sure will be oozing with empathy and reassurance.


November 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(81) lynn says:

i will have my colpo tomorrow afternoon.im so worried & scared since this will be my first time. my doc said that i had an abnormal pap test which they call it low-grade..

what do you think the best way i will do so not to feel the pain?

November 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(82) carrie.... says:

im due my calposcopy today…..im on my period will this affect it??

November 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm
(83) jtm79 says:

Carrie: (since you are the most recent post)
You will need to call your doctor’s office to reschedule on a date when your period is ending or is done. If you’re GYNE, will clean you prior to the procedure.

Lynn: (I don’t know when you posted your comment, but hope this helps!)
I took Tylenol – acetemenophine. (asperin and ibuprofen will thin your blood) Take it 30 mins to an hour prior to your appointment.

November 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(84) jtm79 says:

04 NOV 09 :: With having several papsmears done in less than a year, paps seem to be done and over with in a matter of seconds. BUT the anxiety built up for a colposcopy was no help. Prepping myself (as all of you have been likely doing also) by researching online of what the procedure is, what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, and what follows next… it helps to know what you’re stepping into. (And yet I feel, at times, ignorance is bliss… only because I end up worrying and build up the anxiety of what’s to come.) So, here’s my feedback on the colposcopy and biopsy performed yesterday, 03 NOV 09.

My GYNE was absolutely vocal about what was occuring with regard to cleaning, applying medication, scraping, then… the biopsy. I truly had to focus on one object to keep myself distracted. Ok, the scraping… not so bad, it’s just like the paps. The biopsy… it was slightly painful – I felt my knees weaken. I believe I was prepped well prior to leaving the office (medicated and with a pad), but soon after walking out of the office… I had to give myself a moment to sick down and gather myself. I felt very light-headed (perhaps due to the bleeding and the fact that it was lunch time). Perhaps having a light meal/snack before/after the procedure would help. (Just like when donating blood.) I experienced some discomforting in sitting yesterday, but that subsided after a few hours. I cramped throughout the evening and had minimal bleeding visible on the pad; however, am concluding that perhaps the cramping was from the blood clotting. This morning, as a showered, I found a lot of dry blood (?) or the medicated solution (?). It was crusty – I wasn’t expecting that… and I haven’t read any previous posts about it. I can still feel that I am bleeding, but not heavily. I will be waiting a week for my results – I’ll keep in touch.

I hope this helps.

November 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(85) jtm79 says:

feeling more relieved… i read a few more of the previous posts and read about the “coffee grounds & clumps”… yes, that was this morning (like the other ladies, it freaked me out, too!)

November 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(86) JUANITA says:

Regarding my comment dated October 13.

Finally i had my colposcopy done Nov 3 and it last only
about ten minutes,it hurts only when the Doctor put some painkiller inside. I had some bleeding and pain around my hips its like when you have your first day
period that’s all i feel.

November 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(87) Stephanie says:

Hey, ladies!
I had my colposcopy and biopsy done 2 1/2 days ago. It was my second procedure. My first was at 17 years old, and I am now 20. I worried a bit more about this most recent one than I did when I was younger, as I consider all the possibilities of my results now that I’m older. Anyway, it is nothing to fret over. I took three Tylenol an hour before the procedure and gritted my teeth the whole way through. The best thing to do is try to relax and breathe and talk with your gyno and the assistant about something irrelevant. I asked about a chair that was sitting next to me that apparently you sit and pee on (like a toilet but “chair-ish”) so as to catch the pee in a cup underneath. This resulted in funny stories, which somewhat eased me through it. The pain was tolerable, if you even want to call it pain. It’s more like a pap smear, but it lasts a little longer with some pinching here and there.

On the same day, after the procedure, I experienced some discomfort as if I was on my period. I felt a little depressed, too, of course, because I was worrying about the results. I also had some dark brown, almost black, specks of discharge. The pad they gave me made me itch, too. The next day, though, I felt completely normal with very little discharge and no itching because I didn’t need to wear a pad.

Today (2 1/2) days later, I experienced something that I thought was odd, but it turned out pretty common. I was using the bathroom and felt something in me, like a tampon would feel when it was falling out. If you really don’t want to be grossed out, stop reading because I’m going into detail, which I think is helpful to others who are looking for the info I was looking for. Anyways… I tried pshing it out, but it was too big. I ended up having to pull this 3 inch by 1 inch piece of tissue out of me. It was dark brown in color, flat, and ridged. It looked like a piece of bubble gum would if you chewed it up and flattened it out on the roof of your mouth. I believe it was the clotting/numbing agent they applied after my biopsy. I thought it was really weird, but don’t think you’re a freak if it happens to you. It’s normal, and it’s happened to lots of other girls who all thought they were freaks for passing this thing, too!

November 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(88) Jess says:

I just had my first colposcopy Monday. I prepared myself all week and wasn’t the slightest bit afraid to begin. I was expecting discomfort and slight pain but this was HORRIBLE! I am really good when it comes to pain ( I laughed through all my tats and had a really easy labor/delivery and didn’t even notice when i tore). But those were nothing in comparison. I know my cervix is a little hard to find because it isn’t centered and I told him where to find it. I don’t know what he was using but I bit my lips and couldnt help the tears streaming down my face. I ended up screaming and they crying so hard through the whole thing he had to use a smaller tool.. Does anyone know why it could have been this painful? I even cried though my pap a few weeks ago and she had tiny hands. They were both concerned with the amount of pain but neither would tell me why.

November 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(89) kimchula says:

Had my first Colposcopy today. My pap came back a little abnormal, no definite dysplasia detected, but HPV was positive…so they decided to do the Colposcopy. I was amazed at how many of my friends have gone through this and also tested positive for HPV…I mean my dr. told me how common it was but when I realized all of my gf’s are carriers and have had abnormal paps as a result…well that was an eye opener. I dont’ feel so alone I guess. So the procedure was not so bad but the biopsies were a little painful, I had 3 of them. The most painful part for me was when she took a swab of the opening of my cervix…there was some cramping pain that was about a 6 on a scale of 1-10…so that kinda sucked. Then she had some trouble stopping some bleeding at one spot and was putting pressure on it and at that point my body was so tense and I just wanted her to get her tools out of me! She showed me my cervix on a monitor after it was dyed with the vinegar solution and iodine….she showed the areas that were highlighted by the dyeing….that had to be biopsied. That part was a little scary…I could see where my cervix looks all nice and pink and smooth and then the areas that looked bad…I kinda wish I had told her I dont’ need to see it, but I don’t like being ignorant. Anyways, I am still hoping everything will be okay, I dont’ want anymore invasive procedures for sure. I am 27, no kids…and have had my parter for almsot 7 years, so obviously the virus isn’t new to my body, and my body hasnt’ been able to get rid of it…so that’s scary to me. I guess I will just stay healthy and hope/pray everything comes out ok. I am young, so I know it may not affect me now and things can be done to clear it…but it’s kinda scary thinking when I’m 50 or something I may be fighting these issues still.

November 28, 2009 at 11:43 am
(90) corey says:

i had a colposcopy about 4 days ago. It was very uncomfortable, and although it sounds crazy I kept getting weird sensations on my cervix where the biopsy was taken. I also wear a NuvaRing and yesterday it was time to take it out. When I did this strange light tan tissue that looked like a cross between a plastic bag and onion skin came out with it, and wrapped up in it all was that coffee grind stuff some of you have experienced. What is that stuff? It really freaked me out.

December 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(91) Shatoyia says:

I had a colposcopy done on 11/30/09, it was definitely more uncomfortable than painful. I had a medical student watching my dr do the procedure. He talked to me during the 2 biopsies the dr had to take. Definitely took my mind off of it. I had the brownish discharge and bleeding, but my period had started the day before the colposcopy so cant really tell you how long i bled from the colposcopy. Overall it wasnt that bad!

December 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(92) Courtney says:

I have to have one tomorrow I am soooo scared especially after reading some of these comments but im just gona put my trust in God and hope and pray everything goes well!!!

December 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm
(93) Erika says:

Hello ladies,

I had my second colposcopy one week ago. It was slightly painful, moreso the first than the second time. I have been experiencing the itching as well, it is not fun!!

Just a couple of tips after reading some posts:

1. Eat beforehand. If you haeva biopsy, there will be blood loss and eating will help maintain your blood sugar (learned that the hard way the first time)

2. DO not take Vitamin E or Omega 3s as they are blood thinners (found that out the hard way too)

Also, to Patty (post 70), don’t feel bad or “tainted”. I felt the same way at first until I read up as much as I could on HPV. It can lay dormant for years in your body and it is so common taht they are estimating probably 80% of people have had it during their lifetime. Unfortunately the high risk strands are undetectable in men, so its hard to know where it has come from. Stay healthy and keep up with your doctor and Be Strong :)

All us women are in it together!

December 31, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(94) Nic says:

I had my second colpo Tuesday. My first colpo was painful I cried they had to prescribe me Motrin 800mg. However, my second colpo didn’t hurt at all just uncomfortable like a pap.
To answer a few questions that I have came across reading comments
First – Before the colpo
1. You r not suppose to have anything in the vigina three days before your procedure including sex, duching, and tampons
2. Thirty mins. before the procedure take an extra strength pain killer

Second – After the colpo
2. Do not do any heavy lifting
3. Minor cramping and bleeding might occur, more so spotting anything more call your doctor and if your cramps last more than 2 days and are intense call your doctor
4. There will be discharge (I had this nasty about 2in brownish looking thing fall in the toilet it is just your body healing and the brown stuff they use during the colpo coming out)… If there is heavy discharge call your doctor

Third – Having and abnormal PAP
I am 21. I was diagnosis high risk HPV strain that causes cervical cancer last year 2008. I had my 1st colpo in June 2009 then I found out the abnormal cells were on the surface of my cervic in 2 areas however they were mild (FYI if abnormal cells are found in the cervic that can be dangerous). I had my second colpo Tues and I only had abnormal cells on 1 area of my cervic which they say look mild but I will know in 14 days. From the looks of thing my cells are in remission.
Just because you are diagnosis with HPV or have an abnormal pap it should not freak you out just do as your doctor says and continue with the follow ups. They can be annoying but as long as your taking the necessary steps to take care of yourself you will live a healthy life.
Abnormal cells that have not develop into cancerous cells CAN GO INTO REMISSION. I have a friend that was diagnosis with HPV not the cancerous one and her cells have been in remission for 2 years no sign of them. However, FYI once you have HPV you will always have it in your system so once in remission you can have a break out again.

January 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(95) nan0041 says:

Had a second colposcopy today. I did have pain during the first one and mentioned it. My Dr. said she would use a numbing agent this time. It didn’t help. Oh well, it was over quickly. I would recommend taking Ibuprofen beforehand and if you are really nervous don’t be afraid to ask for something to calm you. btw, for those of you wondering what the biege skin like matter is that eventually works it’s way out, it is the coagulated Monsels solution that was used to stop the bleeding after the biopsy. Perfectly normal. I wish my Dr had told me to expect it the first time.

January 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(96) Blair says:

Just adding my story in case it helps anyone. I had my first colposcopy today and it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I have a very sensitive cervix, getting a pap normally makes me want to gag. I took a Vicodin before hand but I don’t know if it kicked in on time. The most painful part was getting the speculum put in me, probably because it has been 4 months since I had sex. The clippings made me feel a little nauseous, but no acute pain. Afterward I felt fine. Now it has been about 9 hours and my vagina is feeling really leathery and kind of numb. I am going to drink lots of water and hope to pass my “scab” soon. Good luck to everyone who is going through a similar situation, hope your experience was as painless as mine!

February 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm
(97) Veronica says:

I had a colpsocopy and 3 biopsies taken 5 days ago. I had nearly fainted at the end of the procedure that they had to send me in the recovery room with a coffee and a biscuit. Thats the part that worried me and left quite disturbed. During the procedure I was calm and fine, it felt like a normal smear test only when taking the tissue from the cervix I began to get the cramping period pain.

I still get very mild pain and little discharge I did bleed two days after for one day. The leaflet I recieved does state that this can happen up to a week.

But no matter what experience you may have if you need to attend a colpsocopy its more that important that you go.

I am now waiting on my results and have to return to hospital for a discussion of my treatment 12 March.

February 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(98) Reassurance says:

Less than 30 yr old, had my first abnormal pap last September. Was lgsil and I had colposcopy with no biopsy. NO pain. A pap ir more uncomfortable than a colposcopy with no biopsy. If the doc sees no abnormal cells, there will be no biopsy. If they see some, they may or may not take biopsy. Anyways, follow up pap was asc-h so I got another colposcopy. This time doc saw small amount of mild abnormal cells and took 2 biopsies and did endocervical curretage (ECC) to make sure the cells did not extend into the cervical canal where he couldn’t see with the colposcopy. Any pain I felt was MORE MILD than generic menstraul cramping. The numb spray for the ECC burned a bit briefly, but the whole experience was not bad at all. I’m no super woman either…I’m just an average lady who hates pain and I was there alone because my husband is deployed. A big ball of emotion 24/7 and even with all of this, I found the experience to be mild and didn’t shed a tear. Don’t be afraid, it won’t be that bad. : ) And yes waiting is the hard part. But I’ve just prepared myself for the worst and look forward to getting this thing taken care of for good. Anything less than that, well it will be welcomed news.

February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(99) AlmostFainted says:

Hi all
Thanks to all for posting. I think I need to share my experince. I had my Colposcopy yesterday. It was all fine, and while the biopsy hurt, it was all relative to a smear, until about 7mins after. I almost fanited!! They quickly got me on a table and laid me back. I was put on Oxygen and it took me about 30-45mins to recover!! I was told by the gyno that there’s a nerve there that can make your heart slow down, most women are fine but lucky me had a severe reaction. So please do take someone else with you so if you do react, you have someone to look after you. If your fine, then you can go for a coffee!
I did have cramps all yesterday and the nerve it hit felt very weird. After 24hours later, and giving myself some vitamins I almost feel 100% again. Discharge hasn’t been too bad – so far!

February 5, 2010 at 9:23 am
(100) Leigh says:

I fully agree with previous poster – take someone with you to drive afterwards. Reactions like that are extremely rare, but if the Doctor had to take biopsys, you might find yourself in too much discomfort/pain to safely control a vehicle. Also, I highly recommend you avoid health clinics/public health places. If you can afford it, it is well worth your time and money to get a professional doctor. I know from personal experience. The colposcopys go a 100X faster, the doc knows what he is doing and talking about, the results are more in depth and come faster, you are treated like a human being – not a government stock number or living training dummy for nurses, and typically your partner is allowed back with you – great support! The biopsies are always painful but only for literally 2-3 seconds (and then recovery of course is uncomfortable, just take ibuprofens), the colposcopies are nothing to worry about, thats just a microscope to get an in depth look. My doctor is a little on the higher side but for a colpoc/biop & visit only costs $250. Seriously, if you can, get away from the clinics – they do you no justice. I got sick of being their guinea pig.

March 13, 2010 at 9:34 am
(101) michele says:

I had a colpscopy 6 days ago and I am having very heavy dark bleeding and cramping still. I am very worried cause I am bleeding so much. I’m wondering should I go to the er.

March 25, 2010 at 12:20 am
(102) Rosey says:

I have read most of the postings and I feel a little better now, so I would like to share my experience. I had my colpscopy March, 18, 2010. and it was very uncomfortable, mostly pain, after the procedure I felt like my insides were swollen, it felt weird to walk and sit. It is now the sixth day after the procedure and I am having dark brown discharge with small bits of black specs. It is gooey and gross, I am very uncomfortable with it, hopefully it will go away, I didn’t bleed at all I just was spotting for a few hours after the procedure. I am only 23, the doctor says its precancerous, I’m still not sure what he means.. Good luck to all of you, God bless

April 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(103) Melissa says:

I had one done yesterday morning. It thouroughly dislike pap smears in general and knew I was going to have trouble with the colposcopy plus the biopsies. So I called and asked them to call me in a pain pill stronger than ibuprofen to take prior to the procedure. I did not feel the stinging when the doc put the solutioni over the abnormal cells to be seen with the scope. but when the biopsies were taken, I passed out from the pain. I have never felt a pain like that before in my life. I have also never passed out before in my life. The doc wanted to take 3 biopsies but could only finish 2. My BP dropped to 80/50 and my pulse became irregular. It was the worst thing i have ever gone through. I hope to not scare anyone, but I recommend asking for a narcotic pain pill or to be numbed. I will never do it again without anethesia. I can’t personally handle it. Everyone is different though. I feel bad so many women have to go through it. :(

April 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(104) FMarie says:


April 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(105) Rita says:

Like mnay of us, after an Abnormal pap smear result I was scheduled for a follow-up to get a Colposcopy and Biopsy done. I got that done 2 weeks ago and my lab results came back today as being mild Atypical (ASCUS) with no dysplasia. So better news than I expected! I have to return in a year for another pap smear and biopsy to see if HPV will clear on its own/the immune system should fight this off. But I have decided to return in 6 months instead rather than wait 1 year (as you can never be too sure!). Ladies, please make sure to get checked, do not wait long even if your doc suggests you wait a year, even if lab results say you’re OK for now, don’t risk the chance. Other than that, HPV isn’t as bad as it sounds…yes, it’s an annoyance but it’s treatable if detected!

Oh and as for the Colposcopy and Biopsy exams…the Colposcopy was just like a pap smear just more in-depth. The vinegar solution stung a little but not bad all all. I cried like a baby right before the Biopsy samples were taken because I was terrified it would hurt (I’ve read so many times on the Internet that it’s hell) and well, it WASN’T! So that was so pleasing. It was a quick “punch” of samples taken, but nothing too unberable. Howver, I felt a little cramps during the Endocervical exam (where they take cells from inside your cervix/uterus)…this too came back clear! Thank God.

It really sucks that women seem to carry a lot of burden, yes men have HPV too but we as women have the cervix so more risk, but like I said, continue with your pap smears, early detection is key. Please take care. I wish you all the best. <3

April 20, 2010 at 4:30 am
(106) DG says:

Ah, what did we do before the internet… anyway reading all the stories has help me feel less alone in all this so I figured I’d add mine.

I received my abnormal pap result (low grade dysplasia) several weeks ago and had a colposcopy/biopsy done 5 days ago. I wouldn’t want to go through it again but it’s also not so scary I would recommend numbing or anything. Basically I thought that the pain of the procedure itself would be sharp/bad but actually, what with timed coughing the actual biopsies didn’t hurt – it was just an unpleasant sensation since you knew what was happening. I had to have four (which worries me a bit…) and by the 4th I was starting to cramp up. then when they did the swabbing part after, it intensified the cramps and since I wasn’t expecting that sort of pain (sudden, moderate-severe period cramps) I started to cry! :( Even worse than the cramps was at about that time I got so lightheaded I couldn’t sit up, and I lay down for 10-15 min in the room. When I slowly started to get ready again, I felt faint and was taken to another room (I could barely walk there without passing out) and lay down for another half hour. I felt like kind of a wuss for all this… but anyway. I’ve had the weird discharge, etc, seems to be slowing down now. Usually just when I go to the bathroom not enough to wear a pad or anything. Today and yesterday I got really itchy inside/around the opening – not sure if I’m getting a yeast infection, vaginitis or what but I doubt it’s an allergy since it’s been several days since the procedure. Hoping for good results…

April 24, 2010 at 1:34 am
(107) rainbowbrite79 says:

I was so scared…but as the days go by I seem to be relaxing. I had my annual pap done on the 7th and was called the 21st that I had to go in for my result. Well that alone freaked me out! They never call unless something is wrong. I took off from work and sure enough I was told that I had abnormal cervical cells. I was already crying at that point…but my doctor was really nice and told me he was going to take care of me. I had the biop done right there and then…I just wanted to get it over with. It’s really not to much worse than a pap except for the cramping. I hurting more emotionally than physically. I had some light spotting and cramping that day. I’ve been fine really, just frustrated a little that I have to wait another week for the results. What freaked me out was that “Clump”. I seriously thought I was having a miscarriage or something. But I’m glad I googled it and found all these comments, and I don’t have to feel guilty about flushing it down the toilet. LOL I’m still gonna yell at my doctor for not warning me on that part. It may not be fair that we have to go through this procedure but it’s for our own good. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.

May 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(108) perdita says:

Hi Ladies,

I have just read through all of the posts and it has helped me feel a little better and less alone so thankyou!

I had a colposcopy done 2 days ago now, it wasn’t pleasant and I was so scared but it is ok if you just try to grin and bare it – it go’s quickly. And remember that this is fairlyy common.

I had my last 3 smear(pap) results (tested every 6 monthly) saying Borderline Nuclear changes and that is why I had to have the colposcopy…has any one else had this?
I’ll be so worried if I do have something and it has taken this long to get to the bottom of it. I am a BIG worrier as it is and this will be on the front of my mind until I know what is going on. I have been told i have to wait 3-6 weeks.

Also I have experienced the same as most of you with the strange ‘bits’ coming out and some light bleeding and brown discharge. Also i have some lower back pain today has anyone else experienced that to?

It definitely knocks your energy levels and does provoke a good cry but it is best to be on top of it and I am going to try harder to stay positive!

May 15, 2010 at 12:43 am
(109) Sha says:

I am 22 and was terrified when I heard that I had to have the procedure done. All I could think was that I had cancer. I was scheduled to have mine done at the beginning of March but because of the horrible stories I heard I freaked ou,t and I could not do it even though I went back from earlier that day and had taken a Valium prescribed by the doctor. I recently went back on 5/10 and I didn’t think I could do it but I did and I had no pain at all just discomfort. I cramped in my back a little for a couple of days after and found out my results in two days. I also had the dark discharge and what seemed to be pieces of my cervix/tissue and now it’s four days after the procedure and I’m bleeding not heavy just kind of spotty but can’t call my doctor until Monday. Does anyone know how long the bleeding lasts?

May 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(110) Nicky says:

I am 29 years old and I have had perfectly normal pap smears for the past ten years, until now. My last pap came back High Risk for HPV. My dr. says that it can lie dormant in your body for weeks and even years. Normally, the body heals itself of this virus, but sometimes different factors can prevent this, especially stress. Anyways, I had my first colposcopy on Tuesday. It wasn’t too bad. The worst part was when the dr. took the second sample ( I had two small samples taken), it got tangled up with my IUD and caused a good deal of pain. I had some cramping afterwards, that got worse when I went to work. I took some aleve which resolved it. It is now four days later and I still have some mild cramping, but now I have some dark ground up discharge. It is gray looking, but the dr called me yesterday with my results and everything is good. I still I haven’t had intercourse, and the discharge is very slight I hope this clears up soon.

May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am
(111) EmmaJ says:

Hey so i had my colposcopy done on sunday 23/5 my partners birthday lol no birthday sex for him! :P

so i was just wondering..how long does the discharge stick around for??

also my gyno told me 6 bloomin weeks b4 i can have sex!!! i really hope thats not true, cause i’m strugling and its not even a week in lol.

June 1, 2010 at 8:00 am
(112) Zdrowie says:

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

June 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(113) Wycieczki says:

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

June 11, 2010 at 2:21 am
(114) litleshay says:

i just had my colposcopy yesterday and i know the doctor advised me no sex or tapon or anything to put in vagina and i got sex the next day and i dont have any pain and no blood came out so its fine right?! it wont affect my cervix??? plx reply thanks….

June 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(115) ChrissyV says:

I had my colpospcopy and biopsy done this am. I normally HATE the feeling of the pap-and it was like a never ending pap smear. When they started taking samples I jumped, but didn’t really feel pain then, just cramps immediately after. NOW, I am swollen and sitting is tough at first. Also, I picked up my daughter and nearly died. The strain killed me, I feel like I have an open cut inside that is burning and the inside is so swollen I can see it! ARGH! I did have 4 samples taken, so I am thinking this could be Y? AWFUL And its prob too late-but to “littleshay” I do not think that is a good idea at all…watch out for problems

June 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(116) Jenny says:

Hi girls…I also had a colposcopy (mine was about 3 days ago). I was also very nervous about it since I have never had an abnormal pap, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I have some tips, relax and try not to clench your pelvic muscles when the procedure is being done. I tried to meditate and concentrated on relaxing all my muscles and breathing. I had no real pain like others have described, just the same cramping feeling like I was having my period. I attribute my little to no pain to the fact that I relaxed.
I also have that strange discharge, but mild and only when I go to the bathroom.
Good luck my fellow colposcopers (probably not a word:) Wish me luck on my results!

July 9, 2010 at 10:35 am
(117) Pam says:

Ladies, I am the Colposcopy Queen. I’ve had FIVE, plus a LEEP. My first colp was at 23, I got the LEEP at 25, and after three blissful years of normal PAPs, I got reinfected with HPV last year and endured colposcopies #4 & 5.

#5 was only a few days ago, and I am currently still shedding coffee grounds and pulpy tissue masses. Delightful!

As the Colposcopy Queen, I can only agree with everyone else on here and say that the pain level depends on your threshold for pain.

For me, they seem to get worse each time I go! I had cramps and felt weak and shaky for about an hour or two after my last one, whereas I remember bouncing right off the exam table and practically singing a song after my first one. #3 almost knocked me out. I think it’s because I didn’t eat anything beforehand. Eat something!

If you’re scared, go with a friend or your partner. Ask for the numbing spray. Take a painkiller. What you need to remember is:

1) Colposcopies are SHORT. You don’t have to be in pain or uncomfortable for too long. Just think in your head, this will be over soon.

2) This is absolutely necessary for your health. It sucks, especially that men don’t have to endure anything this uncomfortable. But letting this go would be far worse.

3) You most likely don’t have cancer and are not going to get cancer. This is just a precaution. My gyno told me that the women who get cancer are the ones who don’t come in and don’t have this monitoring done. She said I am low-risk for cancer precisely because I am there, getting these procedures. So try not to freak out!

You’re not dirty or gross. You’ll be okay. I am reassured that so many women have had to go through this too. Stay strong, ladies!

July 15, 2010 at 1:38 am
(118) Jillian says:

Hey guys, thank you so much for all of your input. I am 20 years old and got my first Colposcopy yesterday. During the procedure, I started hyperventilating a little because of what I was expecting.
There was a little bit of pain, but mostly when they took the biopsies, just like people have said previously. My doctor allowed me to listen to my music which what not a good idea for me because than i couldn’t hear her instructions on how to calm down or loosen up or lessen the pain. Instead, I cramped up, panted, and prayed for it to be over. Afterwards, i cried a little but mostly because of the shock of the situation. In hindsight, it is not much to worry about but I should’ve taken some motrin before to calm be down or something to relax me.
I have also been getting a slightly bloody discharge, mostly when I pee, and this weird green/gray colored particle discharge. Before i read this thread, I had no idea what it was from because my doctor never warned me but I feel so much more at ease now. She said next week I will get the results so im thankful that i dont have to wait more than that. She also took a culture to test if there is anything else goin on down there.

Thanks guys for all of your input, hope this helps someone!

July 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm
(119) Dana says:

Just had my second colposcopy yesterday. I have had three abnormal paps, the last two testing positive for HPV. I was completely embarassed by the HPV until I found out that almost anyone who has had sex will have HPV.

There really isn’t much to the colposcopy, just some slight pinches if they do a biopsy. I had two cervical biopsies & one endocervical biopsy with this last one. The most uncomfortable was the endocervical biopsy when the doc had to go in a bit further.

Some cramping the rest of the day & spotting. Mostly just inconvenienced by the no sex, having to wear a pad instead of a tampon, etc. Today I feel fine, but do have the fleshy pieces coming out which freaks me out! Mostly I think its just scary for us all, which can wreak havoc on your emotions. I make sure I schedule it at the end of the day so I can go home & relax, because I always feel so drained afterward.

I keep telling myself this isn’t cancer, this is preventing it…catching it before it gets out of hand. This is a good thing. This has prompted me to get healthy & build my immune system to fight the HPV. I have quit smoking for about 3 months, as I read your immune system has a harder time fighting it if you’re a smoker. I’m eating well & determined to take better care of myself.

Good luck ladies. Don’t be scared. Be happy that you’re doing what needs to be done to keep yourselves healthy!

August 26, 2010 at 12:11 am
(120) Paige says:

I had my first colposcopy done two days ago. They took about 5 samples, which didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would, and applied the mustardy looking stuff. Everything seemed fine until about an hour after I got home, when I had intense burning and itching on the outside of my vagina.

When I looked at the area, the insides of my inner lips were red and raw and were starting to swell. Later, they turned hard, as did the opening to my vagina. Eventually, it got to the point where I couldn’t even see the opening, it burned when I peed, and my inner lips were covered with this strange, hard, brown scab type stuff. My vaginal opening was completely sealed off and when I touched it, it felt like there was a hard lump blocking the entrance.

Eventually, after failing to get in contact with the doctor who did the procedure, I went to the emergency clinic. She had never seen anything like it, which is never reassuring to hear a doctor say. What followed was some of the most intense pain of my life as she removed the scab like skin from my inner labia and from as much as the vagina as possible. She couldn’t even get her finger inside, it was so swollen and blocked with the substance. She irrigated my vaginal canal with a thin syringe, and prescribed prednisone, vicodin, hydrocortisone cream, and an antihistamine for the initial reaction. Today, the swelling has gone down, but my vagina is still completely blocked by this gross scabby stuff. My doctor eventually called me and said it was most likely an allergic reaction, but I have no idea if it will resolve on its own or if the stuff will have to be removed. So much for a routine procedure… As far as I can tell, no one else has experienced this degree of a reaction, particularly on the outer vaginal area. If anyone else has, I’d love to hear that I’m not the only one who has reacted this way to the medicine used to stop the bleeding.

August 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(121) SA says:

No worries to it at all. I had mine 26/08/10 12pm. Dr gave the injection without me realising and said I must have high pain threshold (I haven’t). Biopsy and treatment at the same time and was off to present at a client meeting at 1:30pm. No exercise or heavy lifting for 2 wks (feel fine, but seeing other half take on house hold chores is rather heart warming :-) ), no sex for 4 weeks – a little harder, but must remember its important to look after yourself x

September 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(122) debby says:

i had a colposcopy 4 days ago, wasnt painful but uncomfortable. only light discharge with brown spots. any coments if any1s had sex after this amount of time.

September 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(123) jaye says:

Had coposcopy today it felt just like a pap smear. No pain at all for me. Had a very small amount of discharge. May be the next few days will be different as i have read. Hopefully not. Right now I feel great.

October 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(124) Diana says:

I had mine second colpo (age 27) on 7 Oct 2010 and was a bit more uncomfortable than the first time. I had less biopsies taken (first time I had 2 bis with 2 ECCs and this time 1 bi with 2 ECCs) and I believe the location is what created the discomfort. I cramped significantly more and just felt not like myself. I didnt bleed, but did have a discharge and continue to do so, however has decreased. I was told to avoid heavy lifting, no sex or anything in the vigina for about a week (although nurse suggested 2-3 wks when my follow up is) and that if I experienced any abnormally heavy bleeding or fever to call. The first time, I recall I avoided sex for about 2 wks and of course then went on to have a cryo done. A tad hesitant to engage in sex, afraid it will cause infection or cause additional bleeding.

October 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(125) paula says:

i had a baby on aug. 31 2010 and my pap came back abnormal. i have to have the procedure done oct. 26 and am really scared

October 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(126) worrywarrior says:

I am 36 never had an abnormal pap in my life til now, and I had to have a coloposcopy and I was a nervous wreck i had mine on 10/20/10 and I was reading everything on the internet and worring and so nervous, as I am a big baby when it comes to needles, doctors, paps whenever it comes to stuff like that I freak out. I have to say all in all the procedure wasnt that bad, it wasnt that painful it was just the uncomfort of the speculum inside for the whole thing, my doctor made me cough for every biopsy which helped. The vinegar stings a little and you bleed a little orange-ish discharge and you also loose a skin pouch after that to me sorry for the description looks like a clam its like a skin color with black dirt in it and it feels like you are loosing a tampon. I am now worried about the results….we just have to pray for the best. I wish you all the best each and every one of you and I thank all of you for sharing your stories as it put me at ease I hope I have done the same for at least one woman if not more….god bless! Dont worry be strong, it will be over before you know it….treat yourself to somethign after the procedure as after that we deserve something extra!

November 4, 2010 at 2:26 am
(127) JSmith says:

I just had a colposcopy done yesterday after testing positive for HPV and having an abnormal pap with ASCUS results (cells of undetermined significance). I am now concerned that my doctor jumped the gun on this as this was the first time I tested abnormal and several other friends of mine had doctors who wanted to use the wait and see approach before rushing into colposcopy. Reading these posts is the first time I have heard about numbing spray. I wish I had known about that. The pain was soooo terrible! When the doctor was swabbing the area it was very uncomfortable. She said she saw three tiny spots connected together and decided to do two biopsies, both of which I felt AND heard. The absolute WORST was the endocervical scraping which felt like being stabbed! It was a sensation of immediate strong cramping and intensely painful. Then afterwards she complained that an area was giving her trouble because it wouldn’t stop bleeding and she was applying pressure which was also very painful.

Afterwards, she seemed in a rush to get on to her next patient. I had to ask her if there was anything I shouldn’t do and she responded, “like what?”. I asked her about tampons and she said if I was bleeding to use a large one to apply pressure, which goes against everything I have read on any site. Everything I had read said not to use tampons! Then as an afterthought she said not to have sex for two weeks. I cried the entire drive home and now wish that I had not done this procedure. Given that my results were only slightly abnormal and it was the first time I ever tested abnormal or with HPV, I would have rather waited six months or a year to see if my body could clear the infection on its own instead of resorting to this painful procedure. I think that while some women may have no difficulties in this procedure, there are MANY women that have VERY painful experiences.

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(128) Genesis Burklow says:

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November 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(129) Heather says:

I’ve had 2 and they’re no big deal! I came back LGSIL about 8 months ago, and my gyno thought it would be best for me to get a colpo done once every six months. I’m super squeamish about things like this (my very first pap smear was only one year ago. I’m 22), but the entire thing was seriously no big deal. My first colpo took all of 20 minutes, the second was only 10. You might feel a slight cramp, but the whole procedure hurt approximately 30% less than a visit to the dentist for a regular cleanup.

Good luck!

November 14, 2010 at 2:28 am
(130) NoOneInParticular says:

i had my culp three days ago. not terrible, but uncomfortable. i cried and shook the entire time, but that was more nerves, not a reaction to pain. I had no bleeding, but that mustard colored stuff came out. I tried going to the bathroom tonight and looked down i saw this fleshy thing, i panicked and tried pushing it out. no luck. i then had to pull it out. it was a fleshy/white color with some red areas. at least 3 – 4 inches long. i banged on my moms door and she saw and said it was probably just some extra tissue. after reading other comments, i saw it is likely just a scab. there was no pain, but it was scary to see. i almost fainted, but all it well now i read previous posts. i thot my entire cervix came out!! leave it to me to be dramatic like that! now that the scab has some out, i notice a very foul odor, and only a pink/brown discharge…anyone else experience this?? GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE LADIES WHO HAVE GONE AND WILL GO THROUGH THIS! <3

November 16, 2010 at 8:38 am
(131) Jammie says:

I had this procedure done and let me tell you it has to be different for everyone. It was so painful for me i passed out in the doctors office. I was told today after having two leep procedures done and two normal pap smears that its back. They called me in for another culp and i told her there is no way i’m doing that again. In fact the second leep they wanted me to have one and i told them no. She offered to give me valumme and pain medication but i’m still not going in. The doctor was suppost to call me yesterday after i got the bad news from the nurse. Frankly i’m offened that she didn’t call me back and that she bothered to have the nurse suggest it. I think its horrible that women are subjected to this. I had a dentist that offered to put me to sleep to clean my teeth. Thats right i said clean my teeth, so why do we have to be strapped up and by the way pinch..nice way of putting the word “cut”. Thats right ladies they cut you and sometimes several times depending on the abnormailites then they say scrape your uteris…ummm ya they take this wire thing that looks like a brissel brush and they stick it up your cervix. I dont think that we should have to do this awake, and frankly i refuse.

I know that the more leeps you get the more issues with child birth, if they do one culp the rest are going to be the same and if its cancer then can tell from the pap smear. The cells need removed anyways so they can do it all at once. I’m not just saying this, i know this because i had my doctor do it the last time. They will make adjustments you just have to put your foot down. And thats exactly what i’m doing now. Its emotional so dont go alone and dont let them tell you what they are going to do; you have a say in it too.

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December 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(133) Joanne says:

I had a colposcopy 2 weeks ago. I am in Canada and had the results in 4 days (I don’t know why that other womans would have taken so long……odd). Mine results came back normal. After the colposcopy I had slight spotting for a couple of days and then a full period came on for 5 days (heavier than I have ever had). I think this is normal. Please don’t worry if this happens to you.

December 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(134) islandchic says:

Hey, I also had a colposcopy on 15th dec and that was my 3rd and final one according to my doc(if everything goes well) i also had the black discharge but my question is on this time around when am having sex with my BF we keep smelling blood and there is no physical evidence of it just the smell, we waited 1 wk and a day before we had intercourse…..is that normal?

December 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(135) Ally says:

Hi ladies! So I had my coloscopy done exactly 10 days ago. Let me tell you that it was very painful not to mention my doctor did a horrible job. I have a very small vagina and it felt like she didn’t lube the thing they put into you (very painful) not to mention that my cervix is at a different angle so she kept pushing hard very down on that thing so that the camera could focus. I was the last appt of the day so I felt like she was in a rush. I tried talking to her to ease my pain but she gave me very low feedback not to mention my legs were shaking the whole time from me being so nervous. She said I could have sex after a week but I’m on day 10 and still have little disharge. I’m nervous about having sex while still having this discharge. I can’t find anything about it online. Does anyone have an answer?! Please help! Haha. But overall I’m hoping my results come back okay so I don’t have to deal with that pain again.

January 7, 2011 at 10:42 am
(136) Crystal says:

I have a colposcopy/biopsy in 2 weeks and I am scared to death. My best friend had to go through this as she had severe dysplaia for 4 years. She required 3 laser treatments, 1 leep and 5 colopscopys. She said they were all horrible but the leep was by far the worst for her followed by the laser and then the colposcopy. She went into her first colopscopy unaware of what would happen and she said it was horrible. She said she would have rather known what she was in for. I am 27 had a baby 4 years ago with no drugs even though I was begging (giving birth is the most pain I ever felt in my life) and I had open rhinoplasty 1 month ago so I am no wimp. Before my rhinoplasty surgery I spent hours online researching experiences on rhino and everyone said it wasn’t that bad well my recovery was so, so terrible! So for this I am putting little faith in “it wasn’t that bad” and preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. PAP smears are bad enough for me so this is gonna be awful. I am going to some measures to make this as comftorable as possible like taking T3′s before I go in, maybe a muslce relaxant too, possibly a heating pad on the belly while having it done. Of course I will ask the doc whats permitted and what’s not but I am taking the drugs no matter what they say just as long as they don’t affect the results. I aslo don’t see why I need a biopsy. I have been diagnosed with Circoma In Situ HSIL so we know they need to be removed no matter what the results say they should skip the biop and go straight to treatment to get rid of it and remove samples at that time.

January 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(137) M-E1 says:

Crystal, there is nothing to be scared of. I just had a colopscopy 4 days ago. It is exactly like a pap, the only difference is they may take a tissue sample. It didn’t hurt more comparable to a little pinch. It lasted 2 seconds and you need to use a pad or tampon for a couple days. If they use the vinegar solution to see the abnormal cells, you will discharge the solution and it looks like coffee grounds. It doesn’t hurt and there is nothing to be worried about. I was in your shoes just a couple days ago, scared and worried. It took about 10 minutes, swab here, swab there, sample and done. Trust me.

February 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm
(138) Heather says:

I just had a colposcopy this morning and am having problems urinating now. It feels like my urethra is blocked or maybe swollen? Anyone ever experienced this after a colposcopy?

February 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(139) Kyla says:

Women who are pregnant, or who suspect that they are pregnant, must tell their doctor before the procedure begins. Pregnant women may undergo colposcopy if they have an abnormal Pap test; special precautions, however, must be taken during biopsy of the cervix.

Patients should be instructed not to douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for 24 hours before colposcopy. Patients should empty their bladder and bowels before colposcopy for comfort. Colposcopy does not require any anesthetic medication because pain is minimal. If a biopsy is done, there may be mild cramps or a sharp pinching when the tissue is removed. To lessen this pain, the doctor may recommend ibuprofen (Motrin) taken the night before and the morning of the procedure (no later than 30 minutes before the appointment). Patients who are pregnant or allergic to aspirin or ibuprofen can instead take acetaminophen (Tylenol).


If a biopsy was done, there may be a dark vaginal discharge afterwards. After the sample is removed, the doctor applies Monsel’s solution to the area to stop the bleeding. When this mixes with blood, it creates a black fluid that looks like coffee grounds. This fluid may be present for a couple of days after the procedure. It is also normal to have some spotting after colposcopy. Pain-relieving medication can be taken to lessen any postprocedural cramping.

Patients should not use tampons, douche, or have sex for at least a week after the procedure (or until the doctor says it is safe) because of the risk of infection.


Patients may have bleeding or infection after biopsy. Bleeding is usually controlled with a topical medication prescribed by the physician or health care provider. If colposcopy is performed on a pregnant patient, there is a risk of premature labor.

February 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(140) Kyla says:

A patient should call her doctor right away if she notices any of the following symptoms:

heavy vaginal bleeding (more than one sanitary pad an hour)
fever, chills, or an unpleasant vaginal odor
lower abdominal pain
Normal results

If visual inspection shows that the surface of the cervix is smooth and pink, this is considered normal. Areas that look abnormal may actually be normal variations; a biopsy will indicate whether the tissue is normal or abnormal.

Abnormal conditions that can be detected using colposcopy and biopsy include precancerous tissue changes (cervical dysplasia), cancer, and cervical warts caused by human papilloma virus.

February 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(141) kendra says:

I had my colposcopy 3 Days ago, When I was 19 I was pregnant with my first child, and when they did the pap smear at 4 months they told me that it had came back abnormal. They could not do the colposcopy until after I had my son. A few weeks after I got it done, they told me that I had precancerous cells, on my cervix. But they were not worrying about it they checked me every 3 months. The Colposcopy was very uncomfortable, and in my expierence it was painful I had burning pain, and bleeding for about a month. They had done the procedure so much that eventually they got all the bad cells. But now I got a pap smear done and they said that it was abnormal again, so I went and got the Colposcopy again and this time the cramping was not as bad. I have not had any bleeding, the thing I am trying to say is that for every person the expierence is different. If you are having anything that doesnt seem normal after the test then you should consult your doctor. Your the only person who can say if what you are feeling is not normal, Good Luck!!!!

February 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(142) delilah says:

i had a colposcopy yesterday and it is just like pap. the only part that hurt was the biopsy, to me it was very painful, i almost passed out but did not and the Dr let me know that alot of people pass out or almost do from the biopsy, anytime you manipulate the cervix it can cause vasiovagel,”passing out”. i had slight cramping during and after and today i am not cramping. i have only had yellowish discarge yesterday and spotting today. no cramps but i do feel a little discomfort. i was told no sex or tampons for 5 days and the worst part of that is in 4 days i am due for my period. no rest from the discomfort for me.. but it is really not that bad, nothing you wont die from…

February 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm
(143) Jessica says:

I had my biopsy done over a week ago, and about four days after I started to experience extreme itching. I have returned to the doctor, and they checked for any infections and found none. Did this happen to any of you?

March 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm
(144) Suzy says:

Has anyone suffered from 1st degree burns after the procedure? The burns are from the supposed vinegar solution. I was burned on the outside of my vagina along with walls along with my entire cervix. I went back to my Dr. who never prescribed me antibiotics but gave me a prescription for an EXTERNAL ointment.
I ended up in the ER and then was told NOT to use the prescription and was given TWO antibiotics to take. I am so shook up over the ordeal. The burning was so intense during procedure and even after being irrigated with water. I do not think that this is normal and I think something else was used instead of the vinegar solution as my Dr. didn”t even know her way around her own procedure room! Please if anyone else has suffered from being burned (blisters formed 24 after) Please post!!! Thank you..

March 2, 2011 at 7:07 am
(145) Kayla says:

Suzy, i am so sorry to hear of your experience. It does sound like the solution was either too strong, or not the right one. I hope you are recovering well.

I had my colposcopy and biopsy yesterday, and for me, it was worse than a pap smear. It was painful (the thing they put inside to expose the cervix was not lubed, and bigger than the one used for pap smear), and lasted much longer than a pap smear (about 10/15 minutes). The vinegar solution stung and generally, it was all abit traumatic. I wasn’t scared going in, but i found the procedure more uncomfortable than i expected, which was a shock. I went on my own, but would advise others to take someone with you for emotional support. I am sorry to read that others have had 2 or 3 colposcopys, i am praying i’ll never need another one, or leep or any of that. So sorry, I don’t mean to scare anyone, i think i was just unprepared. Also, it’s down to how good the doctor is at this type of patient care. Generally, it’s not that bad, but i do think i was unprepared so it does pay to do your research beforehand, but don’t worry about it, and remember to relax as being tense does not help the comfort level.

March 10, 2011 at 9:39 am
(146) lisa says:

All of these folks must’ve just had bad experiences from being too tense abt worrying what was going to happen.. Because I felt no pain at all during this procedure except a slight cramping feeling when the Dr. sampled from inside my cervix. I also had no idea I was going to have this procedure done though until i walked in. Hmmm.
Even now, three days later, I am having some bleeding/brown discharge still (which is normal, since I was advised not to use tampons/have sex for 5 days afterwards & the Brown is from the anti-bleeding solution they place on the cervix).
In the first few comments a lady commented on having weird skin-like stuff coming out in the discharge, and I believe that’s the skin coming off the cervix from where it was dried out by the Vinegar solution. Pretty harmless, and definitely a good thing. That means your body is working correctly :)
Anyway if the bleeding doesn’t stop within 5 days I’d call a doctor and ask. Otherwise, things are fairly normal! Unless it’s heavy bleeding (1 pad an hour).
Good luck. It’s better to have this procedure done than to never get it at all & end up having cancer in your later years.

March 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(147) laura says:

I had my colposcopy done about 12 hours ago. The nurses were very nice and helped me to feel at ease. Once the doctor came in he warmed up the speculum, inserted it and then rubbed the acetic acid inside my cervix which burned/ tingled a bit. He then performed a rubbing of my cervix to take a sample of the cervical mucous. This hurt quite a bit and he had to count to twenty while rubbing while I clenched my hands and couldn’t wait for it to stop. He then looked around inside and took one biopsy from six o’clock in my cervix which I hardly even felt. The nurse showed me the bit of cervix inside the jar, it just looked some skin about the size of an eraser head. The second biopsy from 12 o’clock inside the cervix did hurt but it felt more like a small scrape does after you fall down. At this point the doctor applied a couple q-tips worth of an orange substance meant to stop the bleeding. This was about where I started to feel awful cramps after the initial ones I felt during the mucous scraping. I just wanted the whole procedure to end and was quite ready to bleed all over the place if it just meant he’d take the f*ing thing out of me. Alas, my doctor is chatty and droned along while using some fresh q-tips to clean up the bloody/ yellow coagulant mess which now looked like bloody coffee grinds which he said I could expect to have fall out over the next couple of days. And then it was done. I sat up and immediately thought I was going to throw up on the doctor(I never get sick to my stomach) so they had me lie back down. They brought my boyfriend in and some apple juice and I started to feel well enough to get the hell out of there. Everyone kept commenting on how pale I was (a wonderful nurse even offered to find me some breakfast) and I just prayed that if I passed out we would already be in the car so I wouln’t have to stay longer. When we got home I had some food, tylenol, and a long nap, and feel much better besides a small amount of rawness and a tiny bit of brown discharge. So that’s my story and I think Im probably one of the unusual ones. I think for most part it goes much smoother. I usually have a good pain tolerance so im chalking it up to an empty stomach and a bad day. Results in three to four business days, fingers crossed.

March 19, 2011 at 11:25 am
(148) Rose says:

Just wanted to tell everyone that I run a low grade fever for about 3 days. This concerned me….I was worried about infection. The nurse said that it was a normal reaction to the procedure….My results came back negative! I wish the same for all of you also!

March 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(149) Worrisome says:

Hey All!
I had a colposcopy (2 biopsies) on Friday, the whole procedure was not bad at all….some pinching and cramping….( but I would suggest you take a day off from work the first day, cramps are quite intense)..first day after the procedure I had the funky blackish discharge…then I started bleeding…my bleeding somewhat intensified, not like a full blown period bleeding…more so like a light bleeding…its day 4….my question is …is it normal for bleeding to intensify each day..up to day 4?? I called my doctor, the nurse said its pretty normal, but I could come in and they can put more of that gunky black stuff….I just dont want to go in…I am SOOO sick of the office, even though the staff is excellent…I JUST WANT ALL THIS TO GOOO AWAY…waiting for results is soooo nerve-wrecking…thank GOD for my supportive husband…I truly wish all you ladies the best of luck, and stay strong (I know easier said than done)…I’ve always been very optimistic, but lately I feel beat down…I cry for no reason…and finding out I have HPV and LSIL…and going through these procedures…its really not fun!! I’m sorry for venting…:(

March 29, 2011 at 4:34 am
(150) Tarynn says:

Hi there, if you reading this either you had this test done or you are going to. I just had a baby 6 months ago. This test seriously wasn’t that bad. I just had some cramping but nothing like OMG. They did a biopsy but most doctors have you cough when they take the sample, so you don’t even notice it well it didnt bother me. :P Other people have had complete opposite reactions then me. But the thing is if you go in there freaking out its just going to make it worse. And most people clench up when they feel cramps or pain, you have to remember to breathe! Don’t worry, if you are uncomfortable at any time all you have to say is stop. The doctor will listen to you. They talk to you the entire time. And afterwards they go into detail about your recovery etc. I’m not in any pain at all, and I had it done 12 hours ago. People I’m telling you if you pysche yourself out and think its going to hurt lol its going to hurt. You have to RELAX!!!

April 4, 2011 at 6:14 am
(151) Shocked by lack of aftercare advice says:

I had a colposcopy 3 days ago, read some of the comments here first. Decided it was nothing to worry about. Unfortunately the consequences of that decision meant my family & I have been through a most horrendous time.
Had we been advised of the possible complications Ive experience then we would have been more prepared.
Firstly the poor handling of the patient prior to me, in public earshot, ranting on at the nurse about how outraged she was regarding the treatment she received, she made a scene about how rough the consultant was with her. Not entirely what you need to here just before your own treatment.
During treatment I did my best to stay calm in order to be clear of what was happening. The nurses attempts to distract/comfort me were only made worse by their attempts to cover up their blunders with a badly equiped setting.
Afterwards I was able to relax from the shock of the procedure with a cup of tea & a chair to sit on in the day recovery ward, but I wasnt in any fit state to make a journey home by bus alone. Which is what I understood would have been ok to do.
The hospital staff were kind enough to contact a relative for me.
Once at home what I can only describe as severe labour pains left me in great discomfort & misery. Spending several hours in agony, painkillers not touching it & feeling incredibliy tender all across my stomach I them spent several hours with a kind friend at out of hours GP’s being checked out for infection etc on the evening after treatment. Didnt return home till 2am. But was given co codamol, which worsened my condition with extreme tiredness & nausea. The bleeding loss of clumps of matter & dreadful smell followed on day 2. With a further trip to out of hours clinic this time I was given antibiotics.
dont let all this put you off. But do be prepared.

April 8, 2011 at 7:44 am
(152) Kris says:

I had a colposcopy done for the first time a couple days ago. I thought it was extremely painful and it hurt to walk or sit the first 2 days. the first day i just laid in bed all day, the second i had school and i usualy walk 2-3 miles on a school day. now im on the 3rd day and i am bleeding alot! i dont think this is normal for it to be this bad, and i cant find any good resources online : ( I’m just 22 years old and freaking out even though the dr reassures me that i’ll be fine.

April 15, 2011 at 1:54 am
(153) Lynn says:

Hello. I just a colposcopy done on tuesday 4/12. It was very uncomfortable and hurt a little bit. This was my second one in 5 years. The last one I had I ended up having stage three lesions on my cervix and had to have them removed by surgery. The Dr. Took biopsies again this time. ( by the way ladies they only take biopsies during the procedure if they see am area that is questionable.) I am very nervous about the results. I might end up having to have a hysterectomy because of my medical history of this. I’m only 31. I don’t have a good feeling about this but will just have to wait till I get my results to know for sure what is gonna happen. Please pray for me.

May 4, 2011 at 1:25 am
(154) Synnah says:

I had my very first colposcopy yesterday, and I’m 28 years old. I had just given a urine sample to make sure I wasn’t pregnant first, but I felt like I had to pee during the entire procedure. The vinegar only burned a little, barely at all. What hurt so bad that I almost cried, was the tissue sample taken from the opening of my cervix. During my pap a few weeks ago, they doctor found low-grade squamous cells, hence the copal exam. Two stage one Epithelial lesions were also found, but both doctors agreed that it “didn’t look too scary”. Best of luck to all of you ladies out there who are also going through this. The waiting for results is weighing on my mind so bad, because they found 3 different splotches of abnormal cells.

May 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(155) Jane says:

Hi ladies,
I had my first colpo this morning. I was freaked out and depressed because I have HPV. The nurse was amazing and answered all my questions. She was a sweetheart. The doctor though, was very much down to business and was actually rough and impersonal. My friend had this done and she said it was like a pap. Mine was very painful. (I have sat for a 5 hour tattoo before so my pain tolerance is pretty high!) but like I said I think my Dr was just rough. I mean she shoved the speculum in which is a bad sign. Anyway the biopsy hurt as did the medication after. My friend gave me a perkiset which helped a lot….i slept all day, and now I have pretty bad cramps and generally feel tired and weak. No coffee discharge yet but ill be on the look out. But I’m glad its over with apparently it was a very small area of abnormal cells.
Oh but I might as well share this…i have hepes too for about a year (only have had 4 partners 3 long term relationships and 2 stds can you believe that??) and this procedure caused an outbreak. Stress and the iodine they used brought it on. So to my fellow herpes sufferers you might have an outbreak on top of the cramps.

May 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(156) Hope says:

I had my colposcopy 3 days ago. It really isnt that bad, a little more uncomfortable than a pap smear and the procedure last only about 15 mins. I had no burning from the vinager, the probbing into the uterous was the only slight pain that i felt. I have had biopsies done and I was amazed that the pain was bearable after all the horrow stories I was told before hand. I guess it really is different for everyone. I would advice anyone to RELAX as much as possible during the process, this truely does help, I also took a xanex 45min before and that helps also. Bleeding slightly for a few days is expected

May 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm
(157) Megan says:

I’m 21 years old and had my first colposcopy 2 days ago on 5/11. I was extrememly nervous and was advised to take 5-6 ibuprofen ahead of time, which I did. I don’t know if it helped with the pain or not, but the most painful part of it was the “pinch” or when the doctor took the biopsies. It was very painful. This procedure does not feel like a pap-smear. The other more uncomfortable part is when they put the solution on to help stop the bleeding. It does sting, but that’s just how it works. I had cramping – like a period – and some bleeding for the remainder of the day. I had no pain or bleeding the following day, but recently experienced the brown-black clumpy discharge. Not pleasant looking at all. For other laides – my doctor told me that if I had any bleeding or pain past day 3 that I should call her right away. I did not have this, but reading above I wonder if you should just call and ask about it. I’m glad to read above that this is a normal occurence. I agree, the waiting for the results is the worst. I hope this helps, I know reading these put me at ease. Stay strong ladies.

May 15, 2011 at 11:01 am
(158) A little worried says:

I had a colposcopy done on 5/3/11 and it hurt a bit when they did the “pinch” part (when they took a biopsy). I made the stupid mistake of asking to watch it as they did it on the screen and next time I think I’ll just let them preform the biopsy and such without me watching. I stayed in bed most of the day after the procedure but I was fine the next day. I did have a bit of bleeding that concerned me so I called the doctor and everything turned out alright..

My husband and I were told to wait a week and a half before having sex. Stupidly we barely made it to the first week when we wound up having sex. Now I have an EXTREMELY heavy period and am calling the doctor again to see if this is normal or not (none of my online research has answered that question, so I might as well call the doctor). I was worried that I would be seen as someone over reacting or worrying too much if I called, but it’s been two days since we had sex and I have bled more than ever before.

My hope is that I just have an unusually heavy period and nothing more, but since I’m not sure what is going on, I will call anyway.

The procedure itself was nothing, a little painful but nothing more. The real problem was the lack of information and the waiting to get my results (which were normal by the way). I think there needs to be a great deal of more information given to patients who are going through their first colposcopy. More knowledge usually means less worrying.

May 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(159) AJ says:

I just had mine done this week for the 1st time. Doc explained all to me prior and took 3 samples. When he started to cut he told me to cough and due to the muscles already being tense I had very little to no pain and very little cramping. I did however learn if you are prone to vagal fainting (which you would most likely already do prior to the procedure) that this procedure tends to bring this on. Afterward I did have light bleeding along with the weird discharge 3 days later. After I took 2 ibuprofen and all was well. Went back to work right afterwards. I have a very low tolerance for pain and this was no more than uncomfortable. No numbing and I think it has a lot to do with the Dr. Make sure you are with one that answers all ?’s without being combative and is genuinely concerned about your comfort through this.

May 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm
(160) reshma says:

i just had my colpo couple of hours ago.it is little painful but only for a while.my Colpo went for only about 5 mins. Dr told me colpo results were normal and biopsy was not required.
news is a great relief for me. i was worried after getting abnormal pap results 2 months ago.Follow up is required after 5 months. i am presently preganant and due in oct.
So my next colpo would be in nov. i will keep you posted
abt any updates.

i am just wondering whether my immune system improved in the past 2 months to clear up any dysplasia.hopefully thats true.Just fyi i used some dietery supplements to boost up my immune..seems like they helped me..

June 6, 2011 at 10:14 am
(161) Michelle says:

I had a Colp last Friday (3 June) and the doc said my cervix looked “perfectly healthy” so didn’t take any biopsies… But because my pap result was CIN2 HSIL, he’s referred me onto a specialist for further tests… I’m so worried about it now because I thought it would be all over and done with last week and now i’m being made to go and see someone else because this doc thinks the abnormal cells must be higher up where he couldn’t see on the colp? Has anyone else had this happen after a colp and should I be worried?

3 sleepless nights already I think i’ll be a basket case by the time I get to see the specialist :(

June 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(162) reshma says:

Hi Michelle,

Colpo results would be more reliable than pap smear.
I have read lot of online journals and forums.
Sometimes ,Degree of dysplasia measured by pap smear may not be correct .

So to make sure i would go to another doctor repeat pap
& colpo to keep my mind at ease

I find this article very helpful and informative.
http://www.pap101.com/ – try to read this.

June 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm
(163) Michelle says:

Thank you Reshma, what an interesting read…. I really felt the cause of this was lifestyle and stress induced (it has been a stressful year, and I openly admit to not taking proper care of myself health and fitness wise) I went to a Gyno specialist yesterday and he spotted the abnormal cells immediately during the colposcopy with him, and was unimpressed that the first doc could have possibly missed them… “Seriously?? They’re right there!” he said!

Needless to say he took a couple of pinch biopsies (not painful at all!) said there was barely a tiny speck of cells to look at, and was very confident that it was a lower grade than inititally said and was very confident about what the results would say.

The biggest lesson I have learnt in recent weeks though, is not to take the first persons word to heart and engage panic mode! Doc #1 was such a scare mongerer, telling me that I was “very likely” 8 years progressed into a 10 year cycle of the developing cancer! How dare he he ONLY tell me the absolute worst case scenario without knowing anything more than the face value results of my pap test?!

Today has been the best day i’ve had in recent weeks, my confidence is back in full flight, and I’m not even remotely scared about what ‘may’ come in the weeks ahead.. Why? Because the doc you deal with can make the difference between you feeling capable of taking this thing head on, one way or another! Find someone you feel confident in- and I don’t mean someone who tell you ‘white lies’ to help you stress less, but someone who tells you what you need to know, WHEN you need to know it, and is knowledgeable if you throw a random question at them… Find that person, and deal with them.. Yes it might cost a bit more, but it’s worth it if you can find them…

And most of all- avoid over-googling girls… sometimes it’s the worst thing for you!

Lots of love and support from Australia to anyone experiencing the same! xxx

June 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm
(164) Magster says:

When I first heard that my pap came back abnormal all I heard was col something and then something about a biopsy. I had a freak out moment at work for about 15 minutes, pulled myself together and tried to do some research with what I could remember the nurse said. I had my colposcopy yesterday. The worst part about the entire thing was the time leading up to the actual procedure. For me the biopsy didn’t hurt at all in fact the first one they took i only heard a little noise and asked if that was it? The trick that worked for me was to have a magazine in your hand and flip through the pages for the few seconds it actually takes for them to take the biopsy (get your mind somewhere else). Right after the procedure which took maybe all of 5 minutes tops I sat up… don’t do that. Hang out for a minute and get your bearings. Walking down the hallway to check out I almost fell over because of being so dizzy. The day after I am still having a little cramping but nothing that im sure most of us don’t have on a monthly basis anyway. My best advice is to relax, get your mind somewhere else, and its not as horrible as you think its going to be. I

June 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm
(165) Me says:

I had a colpscopy and biopsy done yesterday. After reading all the comments I guess I got out lucky. Besides it being uncomfortable with the doctor examining you, I felt a tiny pinch that didn’t hurt at all. I’ve had no cramping, but I am spotting. Hope that sheds some light that possibly you’ll be one of the lucky ones that gets away with no pain.

July 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(166) Keely says:

Had a colposcopy just today, a few hours ago. My doctor was in a major rush to get it over with, which made me even more nervous. I mean, she’s using sharp tools in a vulnerable area… however, even with that factored in, it did not hurt. That either lends itself to the talent of my doctor, or to the fact that it really isn’t painful.

It’s about as uncomfortable as a pap smear. The doctor applied something at the very beginning, which she told me should burn/sting a bit. Figure it was some topical painkiller or cleanser? I don’t know. The most uncomfortable part was a teensy tiny bite that I didn’t even notice until it was over.

Currently, I am cramping a bit. Not much bleeding. I was pretty shaky after the procedure, though. Take a few minutes in the car before you start driving. I bumped my head on the way in the car door.

July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm
(167) mercedes says:

i had my colposcopy last thursday the pain was really bad it felt like i was having another misscarriage i hurt for at least 3 days after the procedure i had very heavy bleeding for 4 days its now over but the waiting for the results is bad too!!! i too had to take a few minutes after i walked out the office to start driving i was so shaken up i had to get a hold of myself to start driving. my thought for other women out there is take somebody that can hold your hand during the procedure and drive you back home because its not a pretty thing to have to go trhough alone!!

July 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(168) Ellie says:

I too had the procedure done Thursday July 14th. I am so glad I didnt read some of these comments before I got it done. For me, it’s just like getting a pap smear done I just took extra deep breaths when I felt discomfort which was short and bearable. I forgot to ask my doctor how long do I have to wait use a tampon or have sex.

August 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(169) meg says:

Hi Ladies,
I had my first colp done on tuesday 8/2/2011. The worst part of the procedure was that dumb speculum. I have a tilted uterus and the darn thing would not stay in. The doc had to get a tech to hold the thing in place. The vinager did burn like a bit**. and my crotch is burning and itching today. I was going to wait to call the doctor tomorrow if it does not get better. I am glad to hear I am not alone with this burning and itching. The doctor says I have HPV the low risk kind. She did take about 4 biopsys..and I have had two days of cramping and that yellowish stuff coming out. I hate this. I dont ever want to have sex again. I am single and its just not worth it. Its so scary out here nowadays. You cant even trust your partners when they say they have NO STD’s cause this stupid virus has no symptoms most of the time. I hope the results come back that I can wait and see if it goes away on its own. If not the doc said I can have some procedure done that removes the bad areas and keeps the good. What should I do? This entire thing is so scary. I feel bad for us woman. We have to deal with everything and MEN dont. I am embarresed and ashamed of myself for not protecting myself better. This has been a BIG lesson learned. Please ladies.. LOVE yourself and dont have sex without protection.

August 5, 2011 at 1:42 am
(170) anon says:

I had this done a day ago and I was confident it would hurt but it was worth it. I got into the office… and sat there for a while before my dr. came in and told me it would be ok. I assumed the normal legs up and out position and they took swabs with an acid on it (its basically vinegar) and they turn the lights out and turn on a green light and it shows if there is any areas that turn white. IF an area turns white they must take a sample. The sample for me started off as a knife like tool they put into your cervix and twist it, scarpping your insides. Yes that is what it feels like and its like… if you could imagine a bad cramp you’ve never imagined experiencing. (I can imagine birth would be less painful.) but its so quick it scared me a little. I wasnt ready for the pain. I cried a few tears out and braced myself and she then said to cough on the count of 3. COUGH!!! it helps!!! On 3 I coughed 2x and she snipped a part of my cervix the size of a nail head. Thats when the cramping starts thats manageable. Thats not as bad as the knife scrape part so Id ask to have that done first and get it out of the way. I have many piercings… and tattoos… and this could be compared to my wrist tattoo but inside my cervix. I’d never do it again if I had a choice. Sorry if this scares you! I rather be honest!!

August 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(171) Tinker says:

I just had one done this morning and it was not bad at all. For the most part I psyched myself up and expected it to be horrible but it was extremely easy. I’m 24 and they took three biopsy (no numbing needed) and it just feels like a regular menstrual cramp. Its an uncomfortable feeling but not what I thought it would be. I took 800mg ib profen yesterday night and the same amount an hr before my apt and I have no cramping and no bleeding, although I am expecting that there will still be discharge from the stuff they use to clot the blood.
Take deep breaths and relax its over in about 10 minutes. :)
Best of luck.

August 21, 2011 at 4:55 am
(172) millsy says:

Oh man I wish mine was as easy as the rest of you. I had my first colposcopy 3 days ago and hate to say it but was in agony!

I think it was mainly down to the speculum being too large perhaps. Doctor said well done to me for having a medium?! The rest was virtually pain free in comparison except for the silver nitrate which stung like nobody’s business.

I do have one concern which I’m not sure about. 3 days later and I’m still getting fresh blood and cramps. I didn’t have a biopsy and pretty sure I didn’t have a LEEP so not sure what this is. Should I be going back to my doc? Too soon to be poked and prodded again *crosses legs*

August 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(173) Glynda says:

I had a colposcopy on August 18th and it was much worse than a pap smear. I don’t really get cramps but I had sharp cramps afterwords. I had a greyish clumpy discharge, I kind of thought my insides were coming out. It’s been 4 days and I still get sharp throbbing pains in my uterus. Back to the procedure, it lasted much longer than I thought and it was uncomfortable and somewhat painful. I hope I never have to have another one ever again and I have a high tolerance for pain.

August 25, 2011 at 2:13 am
(174) Cassie says:

I had a coloscopy and biopsy done on July 16. I went in there so scared and I purposly didn’t read beforehand because I didn’t want to be more nervous. I was really scared and I cried bbefore they started and during I just tried to grin and bear it, it wwas uncomfortable for me probaBly because I was tense. I think she took 2 biopies. During the procedure she said I was bleeding alot more than other girls, so we had to wait like 5 minutes for it to stop. Afterward I didn’t see any discharge until the 3rd day it looked like light blood and now it’s been brown since then everyday. It has an odor to it which is annoying, I don’t think it’s an infection hoping it’s probably just from the solution. I was told to wait 10 days to have sex. I’m on day 9 now and I am still having this discharge so should I wait till it stops completely to have sex? It’s just gross So is it better to wait a couple more days? I also have some cramping but I just birth control so it could be from that. What to do?

August 25, 2011 at 6:43 am
(175) stella says:

For the last comment…
I am having mine done tomorrow and in my post instructions it says to call the doctor if you have smelly discharge, or discharge lasting more than a week. Definitely call your doctor. I hope all works out well for you. Please keep me posted.

August 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(176) Carolyn says:

I am dreading my appointment on Thurs. I had a saline ultrasound with biopsies a few weeks ago (and have been bleeding lightly ever since) and now the coloposcopy, probably with more biopsies. I’m 43 and have had five children. The cramps from the biopsies a few weeks ago were bad enough – much worse than the roughest pap I’d ever had. (My GYN told me it would be “not much worse than a pap”) Ummm….it was. I don’t think I have much pain tolerance! So now I’m very apprehensive. There’s probably nothing wrong; I’ve had two abnormal paps and very irregular bleeding. Probably just hormonal changes. I just don’t want to have to keep doing this.

September 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(177) angel lover says:

Hi Ladies, I had a colposcopy done 3 weeks ago and was told it would be like a smear test, so wrong.had to have a biopsy about 3 samples,as I was not expecting biopsies I got very nervous and cried all the way through it.ive been more or less told i’ll have to go back again and dreading it as i was told to get valium from my doctor to keep me relaxed.have to wait for confirmation letter which is due this week.its great to talk to other women who have through this.I keep telling myself its for my health and two daughters.i’m 40.

September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am
(178) Rachel says:

Hi everyone,

I found out yesterday that I have to get a colpo done as I have had to low grade abnormal smears. The doctor told me at the time of the smear that I would have to have 3 consecutive abnormal smears to have to get a colpo done. I freaked out when I got the call yesterday saying I had to go for a colpo. She reassured me that its just a precaution and that the cells hadnt changed since the last time… if thats the case then WHY do I have to go for this procedure?? My appointment wont be for 6-8 weeks but already I feel very emotional and upset about the whole thing. By reading all the posts I can see that everyone finds the procedure different – I just hope that its bearable for me… Im not sure how im going to relax because already im feeling tense and emotional about the whole thing.. I dont think I want anyone to come with me because i feel embarassed about the whole thing. I know its totally normal but I cant help but feel like im dirty and infected or something – that sounds so stupid!! I didnt think something like this would upset me so much but I cant seem to get my head around it! I mean sitting there with your legs spread open – im already mortified!! oh god – help!! :(

September 16, 2011 at 11:04 am
(179) Laura says:

First of all, I was never so PETRIFIED in my entire life as when I was told I had to have this Colposcopy procedure. I worked myself up to a frazzle, reading things online, talking to people, asking tons of questions.

On Tuesday, Sept 13, I went in for the colp/biopsy, begged the doc not to biop if she didnt’ need to.

Took 800mg of ibuprofen 1.5 hours before the procedure, had 2 nurses, 1 midwife, the doc and my fiancee in the room.

2 ladies held my hand, the doc and 3 ladies talked to me the entire time.

and………………I FELT NOTHING!!! not a tug, not a pinch, not a pull, not even anyone touching me during any of the 3 biopsies including the intra cervical one!

Get this done. Ask the doc to prescribe 600 mg of ibuprofen and then take 800 by splitting the second pill in thirds.

You will be absolutely FINE and it’s so WORTH IT to know you are ok in the end!

The after cramping…not fun, painful, unbearable…keep taking ibuprofen and hang in there. feel free to ask me any questions. I am telling you the total truth. I would rather have the colp/biop than a pap smear any day! That darn brush HURTS!

September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm
(180) Marlene White says:

I had one several yrs. ago. I experienced some cramping and discomfort but for me the worry ahead of time of the “unknown” was the worst of it all. For all the good that it will do you it’s “nothing”…..if unless you are among the ones that have a harder time. I had more than one so i learned to take a “headache” pill just before the event.

September 22, 2011 at 5:55 am
(181) Angel lover says:

Since my last post I have received my results today (4 weeks later) and have been told I have to get a LLETZ done in two weeks. Very upset by this. I can relate to Rachel 178 as I also feel dirty etc., I tell myself that this will be the last procedure and all bad cells will be gone which can only be for the best. I will def be getting some ibuprofen!

September 23, 2011 at 9:37 am
(182) Heather says:

Hello All,
I wanted to leave a comment and hope someone replys to mine. I am 24 years old and I was told I have HPV (cancerous kind) when I was 18. I’ve had 4 biopsy’s done and a LEEP and now I have to have another biopsy done. With all this cutting out of the cervix, I am tired of it. I have been PMSing for 2 1/2 months now and all I wont a hsyterectomy preformed but they say I am to young. I have 4 kids, so I do not want anymore, is there any options I have to stop all the cutting? BTW- I have disconfort every time I have a biopsy preformed, I have mild cramp like pains, and the bleeding is somewhat ok, lastest for about 3-7 days.

September 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(183) LAJ says:

I’ve had 4 colonoscopies…1 every 5 years and have never been uncomfortable during or after. Never had cramps or any pain.

September 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(184) Michelle says:

I had a colonoscophy to determine the cause of my cramps, severe bloating and rampant diarrhea. I was apprehensive about having this procedure done however, I found it much less uncomfortable than I had originally thought. In fact, having a colonoscophy likely saved my life. The discomfort was minimal, the doctor was gentle and it was over in under 10 minutes. One way of looking at it is, the doctor likely doesn’t look forward to this procedure either. I had no discomfort following it either. Good luck.

September 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm
(185) Lynda says:

I’ve had it done, I had two actually – one awake with the military hospital (oh that was embarrassing and a tad bit painful) and another one, where I was knocked out on anesthesia. Much prefer the latter.

I took pills and clear soda and my system cleared out – not exactly fun here. And then I went into the clinic to have the procedure. The staff treated me well, even when I was nervous and reassured me. The doctor came by to see me, no problems, then lights out. Came to a while later, it was over and done, no embarrassing moments, no problems. Came out ok.

Husband had the same procedure and they have found what is known as a Duodenal Carcinoid Tumor, at the bottom of the lower intestine. If he hadn’t had the procedure, it could have grown and gotten far worse than what is there now. We are working on the surgery details (not easy) but in the end, he may be better off for having the procedures and this may have prolonged his life with a quality of life.

If you’re about to have one, get it done!

September 27, 2011 at 7:04 am
(186) Paula says:

I received my pap smear results before I went on holiday which said I would need to come in for a colposcopy examination. I am glad that I didn’t read this thread beforehand! I am notoriously squeamish and have been known to feel faint watching hospital dramas. My culp was yesterday and there were 3 medical staff there, all female. The doctor talked me through what she was doing, and every time she warned that I may feel stinging or a snag I would hold my breath and brace myself but felt nothing. I had a biopsy taken and all I heard was the tool snipping but it felt no worse than having my hair cut. I have had no spotting or cramping at any stage, even though I guess it is still early days. I am sorry to hear that others have had bad experiences.

I was given an information sheet on the biopsy which I read on the way back to my car, and I did come over faint & queasy at this stage but I think it was a combination of nerves and thinking too much about the gory details.

The worst part for me was seeing my cervix appear on the 2 monitors next to me, I guess a lot of people find this fascinating but I just turned the other way and listened to the bubbly nurse chatting away.

September 28, 2011 at 9:03 am
(187) Joanna says:

I had a colpo done 2 days ago. It wasn’t any worse than a PAP. When I scheduled the test, the doctor told me to take two Tylenol/Advil/Motrin before I came in and maybe that’s what helped, but I didn’t get any pain or cramping. Just a little discharge after. The doctor explained the whole process before he started and talked me through everything he was doing. He opened me up with the speculum, put some vinegar in me and examined me. He had to take a biopsy because he found some abnormal cells, but it didn’t feel like much. I heard a snip and it only felt like he was poking around the area.

If you’ve been getting PAP tests regularly (every year/couple of years), you have very little worry. Even if the biopsy comes back positive for HPV, the virus takes about five years to develop into cervical cancer, so as long as you treat the virus immediately after you get your results, it’ll go away before you ever have to worry about it.

September 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(188) Sonu says:

I am 27yr old single woman. My 5th day was on 19th Sep, but today i had brown discharge. can any1 know about this, please suggest if its required to see a doctor if it is serious.

October 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm
(189) Ms.Texas says:

hello i am 20years old and in the past year i had 2 abnormal paps. my doctor said that for the most part since i am young that an abnormal pap is normal and that most of the time your body prtoects itself and that this procedure is just a procaution.
my advice to anyone having this done is to take some sort of pain killer before the appointment and keep some in your pocket for after the procedure. IT WAS EXTREMELY PAINFUL FOR ME and i have had atleast 6 paps before this and it feels nothing like that. after leaving the office i was pail and sweating it hurts more than just a period cramp and causes you to urinate more frequently. staying hydrated helps, dont be too alarmed if you notice a discharge for a few days, and bleeding is not unusual. you might also see a blob of some sort fall out within the first few hours or so. in my experience it was painful to sit and i felt uncomfortable for the first two days. i had a hard time sleeping and getting comfortable sitting. maybe its because i am younger than most having this done and have not had any children. it has been 5 days since my appointment and i am still experincing some pain and bleeding. My doctor also mentioned that they tend to not want to perform these procedures on patients who have not had children for fear of causing some sort of damage to the cervix and in the future possibly complicating pregnancy.
if you have any questions id be free to offer my help.

Ms. Texas

October 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(190) Sara says:

I had my colposcopy done two months ago and had the bleeding/coffee ground discharge for about two weeks. Now when ever I have intercourse with my boyfriend, there is a foul odor and slighy bleeding. I dont know what this means!

October 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm
(191) Kelley says:

I’m 21 and had my first pap smear 2 months ago and just now found out the results. they were abnormal so i went in for a colposcopy today and it did not hurt at ALL. no pain whatsoever. I was just scared cuz I dont like strangers to look at my cooch haha. But the biopsy did not hurt at all, just make sure you take 4 ibuprofen before-hand and your set to go. No cramping either.

October 6, 2011 at 2:18 am
(192) rose says:

Im 34 years old and had a coloscopy and biopsy on cervix and uteran wall 1 wk ago. I had no pain meds at all and it hurt like crazy, so badly i cried tears..and i dont do that ever! I have 2 boys and they were BIG babies. Upon using the microscope my doc told me i was infected with HPV virus. Other than that i have 2 more wks of trying not to worry myself to death. I have devoted my life to health and wellness so i was caught off guard. Meditation and prayer!! good luck to all the other ladies! and yes, nothing in vagina for one full week!!

October 6, 2011 at 2:29 am
(193) rosepetal says:

What seems to never be noticed is their lack of compassion while knowing your mind and heart is racing, even if its not done on purpose. Our vaginas are private and hardly explored and tampered with in this particular way…my first colopscopy and biopsy done on both cervix and uteran wall was crying tears painful!! she set a box of tissue on my belly and apologised that many patients were waiting and left the room. health comes first and im glad its over, now its just waiting for the results.

October 24, 2011 at 8:23 am
(194) Michelle says:

Im 20 years old and have had 2 copol/bioposy procedures. One when i was pregnant and one 3 months later which was last week. The first one was.slighty uncomfterable, the second one very uncomfterable they had to take 2 seperate parts of my cervix and it just felt like a huge pinch and i.cramped immeditly. Im still bleeding and i had a huge chunk of tissue come out of me 2 days afterwards.
deffently be prepared for mild to moderate cramping.

October 25, 2011 at 6:54 am
(195) Rachel says:

OH MY GOD…. WHAT was I worried about??!!! this procedure (colpo and bioposy) was absolutely NOTHING to be worried about! I couldnt believe it when it was over and i had no pain or anything! I didnt even feel the bioposy! Seriously girls – its really nothing! just the same as a normal smear! Im glad i read this thread to prepare myself for the worst but oh dear did I worry for nothing!! :) glad its over – now the wait for the results!!

October 25, 2011 at 11:31 am
(196) Krisie says:

Hello everyone I just had my colposcopy done yesterday and for the most part it didn’t hurt. They insert the same speculum in you as the one for the pap smear. Your cervix doesn’t have any nerves like the rest of your body so when the Doctor takes a sample its pain free. When they put iodine and the acetic acid on the cervix you don’t fill that either. The worse part I will be honest is at the end where he whips the cervix with a stick of cotton and it made me have cramps immediately. I wanted to cry at that time. The nurse told me he was taking a sample from the inside so that he can get that tested in case of something forming on the inside of the cervix. I had cramps, barely could walk and got home took some medicine and never got up. The next day I felt better. But it does hurt but only at the end. You will be fine don’t stress to much.

November 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm
(197) Mom of 2 says:

Just had my first colposcopy done yesterday after getting my first abnormal pap at my 6 weeks post partum checkup after baby #2. I’m 24 years old.

I was pretty nervous but surprised to find out that the worst thing that hurt was the swab and the speculum used to open you up. Doctor said, “Slight pinching” and I braced myself but felt nothing. Then she did a second biopsy which I also didn’t feel at the time. I had a stubborn area that kept bleeding and she had to keep re applying the mustard solution.

After leaving the office I felt a gush, so I was worried. Made my way to a bathroom to find I had a big gush of blood and already MAJOR amounts of the “Coffee grounds” looking stuff. The whole opening of the vagina was full of it. Freaked me out even though the doctor warned me about it. Today I am having big clumps of orangeish brownish tissue looking stuff coming out along with the coffee grounds. Some cramping and discomfort, especially when lifting my 3 month old to burp her lol…. but other than that so far so good. Just waiting on results~

November 16, 2011 at 11:18 am
(198) Mom of 2 says:

Just wanted to say that I passed the “scab” that a lot of women have referred to. Even though I knew to expect it, seeing it was still quite scary and disgusting! Today is day 2 of recovery and it’s…. interesting. I went to the bathroom only to find myself passing this 1 inch wide by 3 inch long purple/black/brown/yellow thick scab. I’ve never seen anything like it (and don’t want to again lol) and then passed another fleshy long scab right after that. So.. be prepared!! Now everything is out I feel much better -_-

November 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm
(199) DAWN says:

I got my first +HPV test 6 months ago with a negative pap result. I went back to the md recently for repeat HPV and repeat pap. She came into the office with an instant attitude and said she didnt understand why I was back already, that I should have waited a year to come back as HPV takes a while to go away. I told her that since HPV can cause cervical cancer that it only made sence to me to have a repeat pap more often and that if insurance didn’t cover it I would pay for it myself. She said well ok I guess since your on the table I will do it anyway. ( A real sweetheart ) So 2 weeks later I get a call that my pap was positive for mild dysplasia. What if I had waited another 6 months! I am changing doctors. So now I am scheduled for colp. but not til Dec. 12th. My question is, Is it normal to wait so long for colp. and possible biopsy? You tell someone they may have cancerous cells on their cervix but we won’t see you for a month. I can’t sleep or eat. I am at work right now with teary eyes trying to hide from everyone. How am I going to make it through a month like this? Havn’t told anyone but my husband, as my family would be calling every day to see how I was. Just don’t want to deal with that and don’t want to talk to anyone about it until I can do it without crying. Did anyone else have to wait that long.

November 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(200) Lisa says:

Hi Dawn, I would say it’s normal and typical to have to wait to see the GYN but if you don’t want to wait try to find a different doctor who will get you in sooner. Try to stay calm and everything will work out fine.
I had two colposcopy/bio’s with results of severe dysplasia on the cervix both times. I was in my early 20′s at the time and there was always a wait for appointments. When the doc did the 2nd LEEP he informed me I would never have another child because they cut past the point of ever conceiving again. The procedures were very uncomf with lots of cramping afterward.
If you have someone to go with you please take them because it never hurts to have support through something like that. I was lucky the second time around because there was a young fm intern in the room and she held my hand and talked to me the whole time. She was a great distraction and I’d imagine she went on to make a fine doctor.
As for never having another child..they were wrong wrong wrong!, lol I am 44, have a 25 yr old son and a 6 yr old baby girl. Miracles do happen :)

November 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm
(201) dawn says:

Thanks Lisa, I think I will try to put it out of my mind. Congrats on beating the odds of conception! The more I read these comments, the more I realize how young alot of women are when they get their first positive. I guess I am lucky getting my first positive at 40 y/o. Thanks for listening and commenting. I think just reading posts and getting it out in words has helped calm me down.

November 21, 2011 at 9:23 am
(202) Lori says:

I had my first COLP 4 days ago w/biopsies. I had no pain/cramping at all during or after. I did take Motrin 1 hours prior to appt as advised so perhaps thats why. I was advised that I may pass small “sheets” of brown stuff for a couple days, which I did on day 2. Day 3 and 4 I had no bleeding/passing of anything and figured I was good. This morning I passed this glob of something. It almost looked like a 3-4″ diameter sac of skin with dark spots in it, roughly the size of a tampon. Freaked me out enough that I found this site and called my GYN. Nobody told me I could pass this large glob, just little sheets. GYN said it is normal and thats the “scab” from the cauterizing solution they put on your cervix. The sheets they advised me of are supposed to be pieces of that scab as it breaks off gradually…but for some women it comes out in one big piece instead.

November 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(203) lezina says:

I have had two Colpy’s. One was when I was pregnant and I was diagnosed with HGSIL and they decided to wait until after I delivered to do a biopsy. About two months after I delivered my baby I came back in for a follow up colpy for my HGSIL and it was AWFUL! The doctor couldn’t see my cervix because my vaginal walls kept getting in the way so he had to use a wider speculum, which in turn wasn’t as long. So then he had to use the WIDER AND LONGER speculum. He apologized for this before having to use it (never a good sign). It was so painful. He kept moving the speculum around trying to see my whole cervix and it hurt a lot. He kept saying not to jump but that way my body’s natural way to stop the pain! He did two biopsies that hurt a lot (wanted to cry) and then the vinager solution that burned a ton. I am not a wuss and have had a lot of medical problems with my heart that caused pain but never dealt with a procedure that caused pain like this. My Dr said because my cervix was so high and tilted he would have to do an operation to fix any HGSIL instead of an in office visit. Let’s hope that is all that it is (Hgsil). I haven’t gotten the results yet.
I was in tears by the end (and hour later, supposed to be 30 min) and was light headed and shaken up. The Dr told me to sit and wait a minute before I tried to walk.

I am guessing that my “tilted uterus” they found years ago while delivering my first son may have been a sign that a coloposcopy may also have been difficult. But, they have to do it anyway. It was awful and I was walking with a limp and it hurt to cough and sit straight up for two days, then I felt normal.
I did bleed and have vaginal “coffee grounds” in my discharge for about a week. They said this was normal. I also had chunks of the medication they used to stop the bleeding come out during bathroom breaks. They looked like dead skin patches almost, but my doctor warned me that it would happen so I wasn’t freaked.

November 30, 2011 at 5:32 am
(204) Emma says:

Just had a Colposcopy on monday 28th Nov, not tooo bad, and I got to see it all on TV!
But no one told me about the “blob” that you pass!!!
I was just told id have spotting for about 2 weeks, but to call them if I was passing clots… so when I saw the huge blob I thought i’d got an infection.
It was so nice reading these comments, made me feel more relaxed, as I realise now that it’s normal.
Had one biopsy.
Gotta wait 4 weeks for results now.

I had 3 abnormal smears and its taken 2 years now to get to this stage.. but at least it’s being done.

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