Why do I need a colposcopy?

  • Certain abnormal results from your Pap test or HPV test may result in your provider asking you to schedule a colposcopy. 

  • It may also be ordered if you have certain symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, vaginal discharge or pelvic pain.

  • The purpose of colposcopy is to look for cervical precancers and rule out cervical cancer, so having a colposcopy exam can give you peace of mind that everything is okay.  Schedule your exam as soon as you can.

  • To learn more about what your Pap smear means, click here.

How do I prepare for my colposcopy?

  • First of all relax. Three million women have abnormal Pap tests every year, so you are not alone.

  • Avoid scheduling your colposcopy during your period.

  • For a day or two before your colposcopy,  it best that you...

    • Don't have vaginal intercourse  

    • Don't use tampons  

    • Don't apply anything to your vaginal area including lubricants, medications, douches or spermicides

What is coloposcopy?

  • C​olposcopy is an examination of your cervix using a colposcope, which is a special microscope with a light.

  • The provider will apply a vinegar solution and possibly iodine to your cervix to help visually identify any areas of abnormal cells. The abnormal cells appear white.  They will also look for blood vessels and other changes that may appear abnormal​.

How does DYSIS help improve colposcopy?

  • DYSIS is an advanced cervical scan that is a clinically proven advancement in colposcopy that standardizes and objectively measures the whitening process (called acetowhitening) during the standard visual colposcopy exam.

  • It then displays the results of this scan in the form of the color-coded DYSISmap, which is like a weather map,

  • Clinical studies have shown that when DYSISmap is used in addition to a visual colposcopy exam, detection of pre-cancerous areas can increase by 31-60%.*

  • DYSIS can also help with tracking changes by storing and comparing exam images, This is helpful because some cervical abnormalities regress without treatment if you are healthy.

Can I get a copy of my DYSISmap?

  • DYSIS allows viewing of your procedure (if you choose) and DYSISmap so you can be better informed about your health.

  • You can also get a copy of your Patient Report for your records and this can be stored in your clinic's electronic records too.

* Clinical data and the Global Patient Experience Survey results

   can be viewed at dysismedical.com/clinical-evidence/ 


4 out of 5 women prefer DYSIS for colposcopy* 
Learn about Emma's experience with DYSIS colposcopy here
Emma's DYSIS Testimonial
Felicia's DYSIS Story
Watch the video about Felicia's DYSIS colposcopy experience.
DYSISmap provides more information to your clinician

View of the Cervix

How does DYSISmap help?

  • The DYSISmap highlights the areas of the cervix having the most extreme whitening.

  • This helps your provider select the most appropriate area(s) to biopsy, which can help detect pre-cancers early when they are the most treatable.​

What is a biopsy?


What if my biopsy finds something abnormal?

  • Your provider may offer you the option of following the abnormal cells to see if your body's immune system is able to resolve the condition.

  • If treatment is needed, it is typically a simple outpatient procedure.  Your doctor will explain your options so you can make the right decision for you.