Having a colposcopy is a scary experience. Why? Well because generally the only reason a colposcopy and possible biopsy is recommended and performed is because one or more pap smears have returned an abnormal result which could indicate cancerous cells in the cervix. Luckily most doctors do an excellent job explaining in detail the process of this procedure, however many forget to mention one small detail pertaining to the aftercare, discharge. Discharge after a colposcopy that has resulted in a biopsy is far scarier than the actual procedure primarily because few women are expecting it. This article will address some common questions in regards to discharge after a colposcopy cervical biopsy.
Is discharge normal after a cervical biopsy?
Yes. Discharge and even bleeding are normal after a cervical biopsy and may continue anywhere from a few days to around 2 weeks depending on the number of samples taken and their sizes.
What kind of discharge can I expect after a colposcopy biopsy?
The appearance of discharge after a cervical biopsy is what can be alarming. You may simply see some light bleeding or a brown, orange, or yellow colored discharge. However, in many cases your doctor will place a substance over the biopsy location to stop or at least slow your bleeding. This substance will appear sort of a mustard color going in but as it slowly breaks free you may experience coffee ground looking discharge, stringy cloth like chunks almost like wet toilet paper that may be white, grey or yellow in color, and/or what resembles dried blood. At least after I had my cervical biopsy this discharge looked like flesh mixed with scabs and dried blood and I was frightened by it. Upon a phone call to my doctor, I learned this was normal and would pass soon.
When will discharge stop after a colposcopy cervical biopsy?
In many cases discharge only continues for a day or two but it should not exceed 2 weeks. You can help aid healing by not using tampons or douching and avoiding sexual intercourse for around a week.
Should I call a doctor if I experience discharge after a cervical biopsy?
You should contact your doctor if discharge continues past the second week of recovery and/or is foul smelling in odor, you experience a fever, have extreme pelvic pain (some cramping is normal), or experience bleeding that is heavier than that of your average period. Discharge as described earlier in this article is no need for alarm, however if you do still worry your doctor is always the best person to ask for advice. This article is in no way a replacement for professional medical counsel.
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